Bordeaux 2018 part 2 – the wines


In the second part of her report on Bordeaux 2018, Julia looks at the characteristics of the wines and the quality of the vintage. 

Is 2018 a great vintage or an extraordinary one? 

One of the French phrases I heard often during my two trips to Bordeaux and the seven days of back-to-back tastings was hors norme. While this can be translated as ‘extraordinary’, it more literally means ‘outsized’ or ‘outside of the norm’. My comments in what follows relate to the reds only. For my comments on the dry and sweet whites, about which there is far less...