Vintage Claret 2018
Bordeaux 2018 was not only a great vintage but the wines I have tasted in the last month are delicious already, especially our 2018 Vintage Claret. The modern definition of a really good vintage is where the wines are lovely after a year in bottle and age beautifully - particularly so for those from the Right Bank that are predominately merlot.
Our 2018 Vintage Claret, selected and blended for us by my good friend Jonathan Maltus whose top wine Le Dôme 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.
Jonathan has just opened his new Le Dôme winery in Saint-Émilion designed by Norman Foster - a spectacular testament to his wine making skills that will be a forever Saint-Émilion landmark.
- Esme Johnstone, Co-Founder of FromVineyardsDirect
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?
"Sourced from Saint-Émilion and neighbouring appellations, this is made by Johnathan Maltus, perhaps best known for his super Right Bank 'garage wine', 'Le Dôme'. This Merlot-dominated blend has smooth, concentrated aroma of plums and blackcurrant, an elegant little hint of Sandalwood spice in the background. It's a big, caressing mouthful of luscious Merlot on the palate, with very sweet and soft tannins, but a little liquorice twist of bittersweetness from the acid, oak and tannin does give a pert, fresh finish too. With 14.5% alcohol it is ripe and full, a bit of a contrast to the Petite Sirène, but really rather delicious."
Tom Cannavan, WINE-PAGES.COM
"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
Watch a short clip of Esme Johnstone and his friend Jonathan Maltus, winemaker of Vintage Claret, tasting the previous vintage in Bordeaux.