Tasting a large number of red 2018s gives one the opportunity to look at quality across the appellations and vineyards.
In this article, I am taking the vineyard view, and I’ve tried to analyze which vineyards (appellations) did exceptionally well in 2018.
I found that the following vineyards excelled, presumably due to a combination of vigneron talent, ripeness and optimal growing conditions, and exposure regarding wind, sun, and subterranean water.
I have tasted most in the Côte de Nuits – hence also a list mainly with Côte de Nuits findings. I will explore the Côte de Beaune and the whites further in the months to come.
The full list of wines that made the Hog dance in the 2018 vintage can be seen here.
Vosne-Romanée Beaux-Monts and upper Suchots
In my view, Beaux-Monts is one of the big winners in the vineyard race. I have tasted some tremendous wines from this vineyard, all of which made my list of emotional 2018 wines.
The Jean Grivot Vosne-Romanée Beaux-Monts and its companions from Domaine Georges Noëllat, Cécile Tremblay and Domaine Hudelot-Noellat are playfully vivid and energetic. The Arnoux Lachaux Les Suchots from the top of this vineyard is clearly also a candidate to head the list.
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