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Cru bourgeois 2018: panel tasting results

Across all the Bordeaux cru bourgeois levels, value and drinkability shone through in a pleasingly consistent tasting of this revitalised category. The line-up also showcased the strengths of the excellent 2018 vintage.

Georgina Hindle, Vincenzo Arnese and Daphne Teremetz tasted 89 wines with three Outstanding and 59 Highly recommended.

Cru bourgeois 2018: panel tasting scores

89 wines tasted

Exceptional 0

Outstanding 3

Highly recommended 59

Recommended 26

Commended 1

Fair 0

Poor 0

Entry criteria: producers and UK agents were invited to submit their 2018-vintage red Bordeaux wines from cru bourgeois properties of all three levels, including supérieur (CBS) and exceptionnel (CBE)

This was a successful tasting, perhaps surprisingly, with plenty of consistency and reliability on show, as well as clear vintage and stylistic signatures. ‘The quality is there and you can really see the importance of the vintage,’ said Vincenzo Arnese, who commented on the ‘solid average performance’ with ‘not too many high-scoring wines but also not too many low-scoring’.

Scroll down to see tasting notes and scores from the cru bourgeois 2018 panel tasting

Cru bourgeois 2018 panel tasting scores

The wines listed below all scored 92 points or above

The judges

Georgina Hindle is Decanter’s Bordeaux correspondent, tasting and writing about the wines of the region where she lives. She is also editor of Decanter Premium, overseeing Decanter’s global fine wine content for online subscribers.

Vincenzo Arnese is head sommelier at Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester, London. Born in Naples, he specialised in sommellerie at hospitality school, going on to work in prestigious hotels in Italy, Switzerland, and Australia as well as in the UK at The Waterside Inn in Bray and Dinner by Heston Blumenthal.

Daphne Teremetz is a wine buyer at UK grocer Waitrose, responsible for managing and sourcing wines from Bordeaux, Loire, Rhône and Alsace, and previously regional France too. Born in northern France, she is based in London and is a DWWA judge. Read more about her in ‘Wine to 5’.

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