It looks like 2018 is shaping up to be another epic vintage across France. The barrel samples of Bordeaux are extremely highly thought of, all accounts from Burgundy are predicting an outstanding year for both Reds and Whites and the Rhone continues its hot streak for both the North ad South. While we have to wait at least another year for any of those wines to hit the market we have a couple of outstanding 2018 Beajoulais on the shelf right now. Get a sneak peak at the next vintage of the century!
Let's kick things off with what may the best value of the Vintage.
2018 Jean Marc Burgaud Les Vignes de Lantignie Beaujolais Villages....$12.99
There are fully 27,000 bottles of Burgaud's 2018 Beaujolais-Villages Les Vignes de Lantignié, a superb wine that bursts from the glass with an expressive bouquet of cherries, mulberries, smoked meats and dark chocolate. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, layered and fleshy, with juicy acids, good concentration and a flavorful finish. This saw a mere seven days maceration, and the resulting wine represents incredible value.
Rated 92/100 The Wine Advocate
2018 Chateau Thivin Cote de Brouilly...$27.99
The 2018 Côte de Brouilly is still a little closed after its recent bottling, but it's a promising wine in the making, unwinding in the glass with scents of cherries, plums, licorice and rich soil tones, complemented by floral top notes that blossom as the wine sits in the glass. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, broad and satiny, with a textural, enveloping profile, a deep and voluminous core, ripe but succulent acids and powdery structuring tannins.
Rated 93/100 The Wine Advocate
2018 Thevenet Morgon Vieilles Vignes....$34.99
The 2018 Morgon Vieilles Vignes bursts from the glass with a high-toned bouquet of red cherries, rose petals and orange rind. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, satiny and elegant, with lively acids, melting tannins and a succulent core of fruit. This is a charming rendition of a cuvée that's routinely among the appellation's most elegant, and it's already drinking well. Thévenet told me that there will be two bottlings, the wine reviewed here being the first of them.
Rated 93/100 The Wine Advocate
The methods at Lapierre are just as revolutionary as they are traditional; the detail and precision with which they work is striking and entirely different from the mass-produced majority of Beaujolais on the market today. Decomposed granite comprises most of their eleven hectares, and the vines are an average of 45 years of age. Grapes are picked at the last possible moment to obtain the ripest fruit, which is a trademark of the estate style. The Lapierres age their wines on fine lees for at least nine months in oak foudres and fûts ranging from three to thirteen years old. These wines are the essence of Morgon: bright, fleshy fruit with a palatable joie de vivre that was undoubtedly inherited from their creator.
This very special Cuvée is only produced only in the best years, It is made from 100-year old vines, mostly from the Cote de Py. It is reminiscent of Burgundy!