by Paolo Repetto / 12 April 2019

James Suckling releases Bordeaux 2018 En Primeur scores

James Suckling has just released En Primeur scores in his report “Bordeaux 2018: "An exceptional vintage”. Three wines receive the ultimate 100 points, and another eleven a barrel range of 99-100.

Suckling admits: “I didn’t expect this result – a number of people had said that the 2018 was heterogeneous in quality. However, I believe people are confusing the diversity in character and style of the 2018s with quality.

He describes his top-scoring wines – Lafleur, Petrus and Mouton Rothschild – as “breathtaking”, showing “an incredible depth of fruit and complexity as well as great structure and richness”. Moreover, he presumes that “there could be 10 other wines rated 100 points after bottling”.

On the topic of buying appetite, Suckling suggests that “even if Bordeaux doesn’t sell a lot of wine as en primeur, the beautiful vintage will sell one day in bottle”.

Lafleur 100
Mouton-Rothschild 100
Petrus 100
Angelus 99-100
Ausone 99-100
Beausjour Duffau 99-100
Eglise Clinet 99-100
Latour 99-100
Lafite-Rothschild 99-100
Leoville Las Cases 99-100
Margaux 99-100
Rauzan Segla 99-100
Dom Chevalier 99-100
Vieux Chateau Certan 99-100


Paolo Repetto

Founder of Vinifera, since 2005 he works in the international business of fine wines.
In 2017 he founded Italian Wine Asset, the first Italian specialised entity for consulting on buying and selling Vineyards and Wineries.


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