Right Bank Saint Emilion is enjoying a special moment. Right now, it is offering some stunning wines in the world at case worthy pricing. In fact, today’s 94-point Grand Cru stunner reminds me of pricing from 30+ years ago, especially given the full life ahead of this one.
The 2018 vintage is a sleeper vintage. It started a bit too rainy, but then fortunes turned around quickly and sustained warmth, especially along the Right Bank for many consecutive weeks. This helped create wines that are really built to age. Wine Spectator gave the vintage a strong 94-point rating, but what people are finding now is that these wines are drinking even better than originally advertised.
The best performers were those planted on clay-limestone slopes like Chateau Puy Blanquet, whose northern and eastern parcels enjoy perfect morning sunshine.
94 Points, Jeb Dunnuck
“Deeply colored, the 2018 Château Puy-Blanquet checks in as 85% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon from a 20-hectare parcel of clay and limestone soils. Beautifully ripe and sexy, with a massive bouquet of blackcurrants, macerated black cherries, and smoked earth, it’s full-bodied, opulent, and layered on the palate, with serious fruit. This brilliant wine will be approachable in its youth yet also evolve gracefully for 15 years or more. It should also be an incredible value.”
93 Points, James Suckling
A red with lots of richness and density and flavor. Full body, plenty of round tannins and a long and flavorful finish.