(2006 Vintage) The weather in June was fine. The month of July was torrid and cause for concern. Crop-thinning was carried out so as to leave 4 to 6 bunches per vine at Ducru Beaucaillou and 6 to 8 bunches per vine at Lalande Borie. The first and limited leaf-pulling was done over the entire vineyard: to ensure that the clusters were properly ventilated. While still being protected from too much exposure to the sun that could burn them. Atlantic weather prevailed in August. It was moderately hot, with some showers during the last two weeks of the month. The first fortnight of September was sunny, even torrid, with temperatures exceeding 30 °C. This favoured the quick maturation of the Merlots which developed record levels of sugar, identical to those attained in 2005 and 2003. The Cabernets Sauvignons ripened later. Extensive leaf-pulling was carried out around the clusters so that they could fully benefit from the tender September sunshine and thus attain full maturity. This also ensured the proper airing of the berries and prevented the development of botrytis.
DecanterBruno suggests the 2018 might be a little like the 1961, but instead of frost at flowering they had mildew. Yields were average at 20hl/ha, the stunning summer helping to produce incredible concentration. This is a whole other level of richness and tightness, with very fine, taut tannins and concentrated, utterly gorgeous fruit with touches of violet and a silky, spun-lace texture. This is one of the best wines I've tasted today, just supremely elegant with depth and verticality. It's still knitted up and only unrolls extremely slowly; linear and laser-like. It has the concentrated signature of 2016 with lift, but again in St-Julien I can also see the hand of 2010, more so than in other appellations. Drinking Window 2026 - 2045