I’m bringing the heat once again from the Left Bank and the outstanding 2018 vintage, one which wine critic James Suckling described as a beautifully structured vintage with ripe fruit and potent tannins but perhaps better later summarized into a single word: “exceptional”.
Bordeaux expert Neil Martin who spent many a year covering the region for The Wine Advocate before taking a similar role at Vinous looked in-depth at the 2018 vintage and offered that it was “a wellspring of wines of exceptional quality and unbeatable prices at decent quantities.”
He went on to name some of the Cru Bourgeois from the entire vintage and at the top of his list was today’s wine, the 2018 Chateau Prieure de Beyzac Haut-Medoc. With incredibly gravelly, clay limestone soil, the tiny, swanky producer is able to make some staggering Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.
Clearly the wine made an enormous impression with Martin, who lobbed a 92-point score on a wine he deemed, “absolutely superb.” James Suckling sealed it’s terrific value with a 91-point score of his own.
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92 Points, Vinous
The 2018 Prieuré de Beyzac has a really lovely bouquet of perfumed red cherries and wild strawberry and well integrated oak. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins, pinpoint acidity and great precision toward the finish. This is one of the outstanding Cru Bourgeois of the vintage. Absolutely superb.
91 Points, James Suckling
Aromas of stewed blackberries, dried violets, walnuts and dark chocolate. It’s a medium to full-bodied wine with firm, chalky tannins. Chewy and well structured. Try it from 2023.
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