Neal Martin Bordeaux 2018 scores released
"The future, like everything else, is no longer what it used to be".
Neal Martin's long-awaited Bordeaux 2018 report has now been published on Vinous.com. The report, titled "The Future's Not What It Was: Bordeaux 2018", is a unique analysis of the vintage because unlike his peers, Martin tasted the vintage away from the theatre of the UGC launch, allowing perhaps for more quiet reflection and importantly, tasting wines that were no longer babies. "Assessing wines further down their barrel maturation meant that in some cases I tasted the final blend."
Bordeaux 2018 - "very good to excellent in quality"
Overall, Martin notes that "the 2018 vintage is very good to excellent in quality. However, it does not demonstrate the consistency of 2005 or 2016, and it lacks the pinnacles that mark 2010 and, again, 2016."
He goes on to say that, "it is clear that 2018 is a flattering vintage and, coupled with the well-oiled promotional machine cranked up each primeur, I see how it prompted occasionally eulogistic reviews."
As for 100-point scores? Martin comments that "there was not a single occasion when I encountered a barrel sample that intimated potential perfection. Not once. That is not being mean; it is just a sober evaluation."
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