2018 Château Le Boscq, Cru Bourgeois St-Estèphe

A vintage where St Estephe has soared makes this a smart buy. Such expressive juicy fruit, amazing power and definition, great balance and power. The finish long and floral and lots of iodine and sea spray. Complex, this punches way out of its league. The best ever.

Critic score
90.75/100

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WINE DETAILS

  • Region & country
    Saint-Estèphe, Médoc, Bordeaux, France
  • Grape
    63% Cabernet Sauvignon
    33% Merlot
    4% Petit Verdot
  • Maturity
    Young 2023 - 2040
  • Colour
    Red
  • Sweetness
    Dry
  • Style
    Still
  • Unit Volume
    Bottle (75cl.)
2018 Château Le Boscq, Cru Bourgeois St-Estèphe

TASTING NOTES

Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2018 le Boscq features expressive notes of baked blackcurrants, blackberry pie and stewed plums with wafts of Provence herbs, cigar box and black pepper. Full, concentrated and supported by firm, chewy tannins, it has soft acid and an herbal lift on the finish.

Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (April 2019)
(89—91+)/100

This is savoury, juicy and full of flavour. 2018 is the first year that the new Cabernet Sauvignon plantings have been incorporated into the grand vin and you can feel their weight. The vines are getting older, and so proved more resistant to the weather in this vintage. This is a lovely Le Boscq with real Médoc classicism, showing a graphite edge, and will provide excellent medium-term drinking. Terra Vitis and HVE3 certified (as with the rest of the Dourthe portfolio).

Jane Anson, Decanter (April 2019)
(90)/100

This has a beautiful sense of cabernet sauvignon with blackcurrant, blackberry and hot-stone character throughout. Medium to full body, tight and integrated tannins and a flavorful finish.

James Suckling, jamessuckling.com (April 2019)
(93—94)/100

The 2018 Le Boscq speaks with real authority. Gravel, dried flowers and grilled herbs add striking aromatic nuance to this succulent, beautifully layered Saint-Estèphe. The purity of the fruit - such a signature of 2018 - is compelling.

Antonio Galloni, vinous.com (April 2019)
(88—90)/100