Vintage Claret 2018
Bordeaux 2018 was a great vintage and is now receiving more critical acclaim than ever as wines arrive in the UK and we start to drink them. Our 2018 Vintage Claret, selected and blended for us by my good friend Jonathan Maltus whose top wine Le Dome regularly scores 100/100 from the critics. It would without question be our House Claret if only we could get enough of it.
Jonathan only makes our Vintage Claret in the very best years (you will note that we are skipping the 2017 vintage) from grapes sourced from Saint-Émilion and its neighbouring appellations.
Thank you Jonathan for another brilliant, affordable Vintage Claret.
How does the wine taste?
Young appealing merlot blended claret with good, full and chewy, jammy fruit flavours, as expected from this very good vintage. Should be opened an hour or so before drinking to allow its full flavour to open up.
What do the critics say?
"I tasted a bottle at the weekend and it is unbelievably good."
David Campbell, Founder of FromVineyardsDirect
"Made by Jonathan Maltus he of Le Dôme and Château Teyssier, and famously the first Englishman to get a perfect 100/100 score from Robert Parker its full of ripe, juicy, bramble fruit and boasts a wonderful softness thanks to its luscious Merlot-dominant fruit." (previous vintage)
Jonathan Ray, The Spectator
"From a very good vintage for Bordeaux, this Merlot-dominated blend is bright and perky, the bold and juicy fruit to the fore in a buoyant, youthful style. In the mouth, more of the same with rounded Merlot softness driving the picture, fairly straightforward stuff, but good balance and nicely quaffable stuff." (Previous vintage)
Tom Cannavan, wine-pages.com
Watch a short clip of Esme Johnstone and his friend Jonathan Maltus, winemaker of Vintage Claret, tasting the previous vintage in Bordeaux.