Bordeaux – 2018, 2019 and 2020 compared

Cabernet harvest 2021 at Smith Haut Lafitte

A useful look at recent vintages from some of the over-performing grands crus classés.

Every year a group of Bordeaux producers come to London to show off their four most recent vintages, giving us tasters a useful window on to their progress – not just the progress of the wines in bottle, but the undoubted progress of the classed growths themselves. Like virtually all wine producers everywhere, most of them seem to go from strength to strength.

We wine drinkers really are very lucky to be able to profit from this, and perhaps we should console ourselves with this as...