A powerful 2018 vintage

What is En Primeur? 

Wines bought for investment purposes. Commonly referred to as Wine Futures, en primeur wine is buying wine whilst the liquid is still in the barrel. En Premier wine is virtually cheaper than the price of wine after it is bottled.

Why invest in En Premier wine in Singapore?

En Primeur are at its lowest price wines, bought before they are bottled and released onto the market. This gives collectors first advantage. The wines will only be shipped 2-3 years after the vintage. Prices are quoted are quoted ex-cellars.

With the tumult of good vintages, en premier wines can increase quickly in price in a matter of weeks, adding profits. Although it is not guaranteed that prices may increase, it is a collector’s paradise, as wines are sought directly from chateau, adding provenance.

Bok’s Special Report on En Primeur 2018 

“We are offering you the best of the best with
absolute value!”

1st June 2019 @ Andaz Hotel

I want to quickly write this report to tell you what’s in my mind regarding the quality of wines from Bordeaux 2018. The wines are STUNNING quality! I can assure you, the immense pleasure from Bordeaux 2018 wines are almost beyond description! I summarize it in point form for you

Bok personally tasted the 2018 wines!

This is arguably the greatest vintage in Bordeaux!
On par if not better than 1959, 1961, 1990, 2000, 2009 and 2010 (1982 is NOT a super vintage in my opinion)
Both left and right banks all got it right, there’s certainly no weak production coming from this vintage For such great vintage, you do not have to spend tons of money buying first growth, it just hurts the pocket. I’m trying to help you save money here, judging from my past experience from great vintages, a lot of lower classified growths outperformed first growth. Highly recommended are wines like Nenin, La Conseillante, Figeac, Pontet Canet, Pichon Lalande, Cos d’Estournel, Beychevelle and Leoville Las Cases that I tasted gave extreme pleasure.
 
Bear in mind these wines were only in the barrel for 7 months, and they’ll need to soak in the barrel for another 11 months to get a complete picture of the final product. However, it’s not difficult to do a bit of imagination, the quality is already stunning based upon 7 months in the barrel. Loads of violet, red fruit, floral and vanilla on the nose. Classic and not overpowering, lean and precise, good purity of fruits. Just add a bit more oak, toast, smoke, vanilla to the end product.
 
I won’t want to bore you with individual tasting notes in this special report, I will just include my scores and a short description for it. If you want detailed tasting notes, you can visit our site.  Thus far I think the prices of this En Primeur 2018 has been extremely fair. I highly recommend people who intends to keep their wines for 10 years or longer for future pleasure to take a punt on this. For investments, you can’t make quick money from En Primeur, it’ll only be highly profitable if you’re able to hold on to your stocks for 10 years or longer.

Pauillac

Pichon Lalande  9.7+ Rating
Perked me up with coffee bean smell, soft & elegant, layered and long

Pontet Canet 9.7+ Rating
Unique fresh food nose. Big and jammy, very unique style.

Grand Puy Ducasse  9.3 – 9.4 Rating
Warm earthy nose. Content is warm and forward, but not precise and not focused

Margaux

Giscours 9.6 Rating
Band-aid and alcohol nose. Chewy, light and soft with sophisticated taste.

Du Tertre 9.3 Rating
Wooden stalk & stem bouquet, slight lemon skin. Light and airy, soft, feminine, loads of violets

St Estephe 

Cos d’Estournel 9.7
Big fruity nose. Huge red fruits, silky, a big wine by any standard, very extracted and precise.

Phelan Segur 9.5+
Tea leaves bouquet. Surprisingly pure, lingering fruits, loads of after taste, lively.

Meyney 9.2
Thick concentrated tea leaves bouquet. Chewy, light but tasty, very decent quality for non classified growth.

St Julien

Leoville Las Cases 10
Strong coffee bean nose. The content was so unique, totally extraordinary!

I was speechless, never had a Leoville Las Cases at such level before definitely the best vintage I’ve tasted.

Beychevelle 9.6
Bouquet of coffee beans and thick juice. Forward, light and fruity, wine is more ready than other 2018.

Pessac Leognan

Chateau Olivier 9.1
Nose of dark olives. Fruits are dancing with the palette, lively and very decent quality.

Saint Emilion

Figeac 9.7+
Red fruit dominant nose. Superb balance that left me speechless, classic style.

La Gaffeliere 9.1-9.2
Graphite nose. Lacked impact and taste, no unique style, a bit easily forgettable, long finishing.

Pomerol

La Conseillante 9.6+
Load of violet, red fruit, floral and vanilla on the nose. Classic and not overpowering, lean and precise, good purity of fruits.

Nenin 9.5-9.6
Ultra ripe nose. Dense but not too jammy, great quality.

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Jeannie Choo Lee MW says, “Bordeaux 2018 is filled with wonderful surprise.”

Many properties, especially in the northern Medoc, acclaim that 2018 represents the highest IPT (Indice de Polyphénols Totaux), measures of tannins in a wine.This is true for Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou, Haut-Bailly and Palmer.
It was revealed that Chateau Lafleur, Le Pin and Petrus are three of the very best wines made in 2018 and both Petrus and Le Pin are 100% Merlot.

Similarly, on the left bank, the top cru classe properties with great terroir were superb.

Janice Robinson MW states “the enormous amount of wine produced in 2018”,equivalent to 666 million bottles. Out of which, 22 million litres from right bank Saint Emillion. Yields were slightly lower in the left bank than the right bank, this displays slightly better performance in the finished wine.

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jane-anson

Jane Anson of Decanter says “2018 is likely to be high impact wines.” Agreeing with Jeannie Cho Lee MW, generally 2018 wines are big, bold and high in tannins, especially in the Cotes satellite and St Emillion.

In Pessac Leognan and Pomerol the wines were more balanced. Overall, both left and right bank did well. Vineyards with biodynamic farming in St Emillion, Pomerol, Pontet Canet and Palmer helped.

Top Bordeaux Appellation Yields 2006-2018

Benefits of En Primeur

 Lowest price
En Premier offers the chance for collectors to get involved at the lowest market offer price in Singapore.

Youngest age
En Premier release wines are at their youngest age, with the maximum period for maturity and potential growth in value.

Security of provenance
When purchasing En Premier wines, collectors have the added benefit of having wines delivered via the most direct route from the Château, ensuring absolute provenance.

Secondary market buying trend
Traditionally, the secondary market buying trend is for physical stock. This allows collectors to take advantage of En Premier gains, with stocks that are easily liquidated after physical delivery in Singapore

Wine Critic Ratings

The 2018 vintage conclusion, we can summarise it as a positive high for the right bank as well for the left bank. Let’s take a close look of the summary from wine critics.

 
LABEL
 

Jeannie Cho Lee MW

James Suckling

Roger Voss

James Molesworth

Jean-Marc Quarin


Bordeaux Left Bank
 

Mouton Rothschild

99-100

96-99

96-99

99-100

96-99

Ch Latour

99-100

96-99

 

 

 

Ch Margaux

99-100

96-99

99-100

99-100

 

Ducru Beaucaillou

99-100

 

99-100

99-100

 

Haut-Bailly

99-100

99-100

 

 

99-100

Ch Palmer

99-100

99-100

 

99-100

99-100

Ch Calon Segur

99-100

99-100

99-100

 

 

Pichon Lalande

99-100

 

 

 

99-100

Leoville Las Cases

99-100

 

96-99

96-99

 


Bordeaux Right Bank
 

Ch Lafleur

99-100

96-99

 

99-100

96-99

Le Pin

99-100

96-99

96-99

 

 

Petrus

 

96-99

 

 

99-100

Ch Certan

99-100

 

 

99-100

 

Trotanoy

 

96-99

96-99

 

96-99

Cheval Blanc

 

99-100

 

 

 

Ch Figeac

96-99

 

96-99

96-99

99-100

Ch Angelus

 

99-100

 

 

 

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Price not inclusive of duty & GST
Shipping fee is approximately $15 per bottle

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