Bordeaux 2018 part 1 – the growing season


In this first part of her overview, Julia looks at what happened in the vineyard, how the extreme conditions of the year would affect the wines and which varieties shone. In part 2, to be published on Monday, she reports on the style and quality of the wines. See this guide for links to the rest of our coverage of Bordeaux 2018. 

2018 is unquestionably an extraordinary vintage: the very wet winter and spring; the long, dry summer. The former had, potentially, the greatest impact on the volume of wine produced, the latter on its style and quality, though three dry...