Bordeaux 2018 at Two Years: The Rest of The Left
In this, the first of two ‘mopping up’ instalments to the 2018 Bordeaux report (before I finally finish up in Sauternes), I look at exactly fifty wines from the left banks of the Gironde and the Garonne, taking in all those wines not included in my appellation-by-appellation reports so far presented. That means wines from the very north of the Médoc peninsula, in the Médoc appellation, and further south the Haut-Médoc, Moulis-en-Médoc and Listrac-Médoc appellations. Bearing in mind this was a warm and generous vintage, there are some interesting and cellar-worthy wines in these less favoured regions.
I also take a look at any white wines made on this side of Bordeaux from outside the Graves and Pessac-Léognan appellations, the majority of which have the generic Bordeaux appellation. In doing so this report takes in a wide variety of styles and origins, including Sauvignon-dominant cuvées made on the Médoc peninsula, including famous names such as Pavillon Blanc from Château Margaux and the white wines of Château Cos d’Estournel, but also the whites made around Sauternes, more often featuring Semillon, from the likes of Château Suduiraut and Clos des Lunes. And of course, no Bordeaux vintage report is complete without the latest release of Le Retout Blanc, from the Soual family at Château du Retout.