Bordeaux En Primeurs 2018- Rahoul
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This week is En Primeur week. We have been hearing for months that the vintage 2018 is looking exceptional in many parts of the world – Bordeaux is no exception


2018 was more of a long-distance race than a sprint. We clearly experienced two wildly contrasting periods, alternating abundant rainfall and milder than average temperatures from February to June, with intensely hot and dry weather in summer. Initially giving rise to great cause for concern given high levels of disease pressure in the vineyard in spring, we were able to breathe a sigh of relief once more before the harvest. Ideal summer weather in August continued during the first two weeks of September, with scarce rainfall and cool nights alternating with hot days. With mildew finally under control, ripening quickly took hold after veraison, with pigment compounds and aromas becoming more concentrated in the grapes. All the conditions came together to make the harvests free from stress and the pressure of time.

The white grapes took full advantage of the superb conditions during the first two weeks of September. We even waited until the 18th September for the last micro-parcel of Semillon to reach optimum ripeness, which is unheard of : the very next day we cut the first bunches of young Merlot. The red harvest continued without incident until 10th October, with the most late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon.

The first tastings, before transfer to barrel, unveiled fleshy, silky-textured wines and lovely balance. It looks like a great vintage at Château Rahoul.

Press Reviews for Château Rahoul 2018

Client Testimonials

“Excellent shopping experience very easy and delivery arrive in two days in perfect condition, the best service I have experienced from any other online shopping 12 out of ten”.

Julie Morgan
Hailsham, East Sussex

“Really helpful staff after I made a mistake with order. Very prompt delivery. Most importantly, the wine is excellent.”

Mark Richardson
Brignorth, Shropshire

“Great choice of fine wine delivered on schedule.”

Fergus Staples
Hampton Hill, Middlesex

“I wanted to buy a specific wine, a search engine took me to you and I ordered the wine which was duly delivered without delay. Perfect.”

Alex Thompson

"Fantastic service , excellent wines a wonderful experience would definitely recommend"

Mick Day

"Excellent quality and good variety"

Peter Taylor

"Amazing wine and fantastic service. Will definitely be coming back !"

Sam Alexander

"It was great, super speedy too"

Saskia Liebenberg

"Very quick delivery given the current situation, great effort thanks"

Rachel Brazier

"Have had two of the wines so far and was very pleased with them. Looking forward to trying more of them."

Lauren Taylor

"Very easy to order and very prompt delivery. Delighted with the wines. As a newcomer I was very impressed with the service."

Howard Habron
West Yorkshire

"Really good service, with speedy delivery. Good selections of wine."

Karen Colman

"I bought a case of a glorious, and rather unusual wine at excellent price and it was delivered in good time and in perfect condition."

Charley Robinson

"Fabulous variety of wines at a great price and fast delivery. And I never left the house!"

Lucius de Paula

"We ordered Austrian wines on recommendation - and they have proved delicious..."

Stewart Collins