2008 Red Bordeaux

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There is no doubt about it – we came away from a week’s wine tasting in Bordeaux having found many more wines of exciting quality than we expected after the indifferent weather of much of the summer. Maybe, in retrospect, we have overplayed the poor quality of the summer, because there was never a glorious stretch of holiday weather in the high summer months.

But in fact July was drier than usual, sunnier than usual, but just not especially warm. August was indeed a touch cooler and grayer than normal and a little wetter, but warm, dry weather in September and October truly saved the day. For most, the harvest started and ended later than ever before with many properties picking as late as 18th October.

The lateness of the vintage meant the grapes were allowed to ripen slowly yet surely. This unusual length of the ripening season, or long ‘hang time’ as our Californian cousins would refer to it, resulted in grapes with relatively high sugar levels, red or black fruit with no trace of green, and a silkiness to the tannins which were abundant but not intrusive;

Success is not universal. Some minor players have made lean and dilute wines; some top names left us underwhelmed. Merlot flourished on the Right Bank, but was less convincing in the Médoc where Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot excelled, but Cabernet Franc was weak.

Clearly the most important features were vineyard husbandry and especially yield. Nobody should have made big volumes after difficult weather conditions at the flowering, preceded in some spots by frost in April and hail in May, but those who ended up with yields north of 55 hl/ha were unlikely to succeed. On the other hand, why was modest Ch. d’Angludet so outstanding? Because the Sichel team had thinned the crop not once but twice, fearing a potential inability to ripen the crop in such a late season, so that in the end they brought in only 30 hl/ha, but of superb quality.

Jasper Morris MW, BBR Buyer

Read Jasper's full vintage report and the  commune overview (St Estèphe, Pauillac, St Julien, Margaux, Pessac-Léognan, St Emilion and Pomerol, Sauternes).

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Ch.Fourcas Dupre, Listrac, Ready, but will keep,

Bottle

£19.50

Case price (6)
£105.30 Saving £11.70

Bottle 6 x 75cl 42cs

£74.76
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Chateau Batailley, Ready, but will improve,

Case price (Bottle 12 x 75cl)

£470.40

Bottle 12 x 75cl 146cs

£366.00
New To BBX

H/Bottle 24 x 37.5cl 1cs

£360.00

Bottle 12 x 75cl 1cs

£388.00
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Chateau Malartic-Lagraviere, Ready, but will improve,

Bottle

£46.00

Case price (12)
£462.00 Saving £90.00

Bottle 12 x 75cl 5cs

£358.92
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Domaine De Chevalier, Ready, but will improve,

Case price (Bottle 12 x 75cl)

£592.68

Bottle 12 x 75cl 21cs

£467.88

Bottle 12 x 75cl 2cs

£450.00

Bottle 12 x 75cl 1cs

£460.00

Bottle 12 x 75cl 1cs

£790.00
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Chateau Branaire-Ducru, For laying down,

Bottle

£55.00

Case price (12)
£577.20 Saving £82.80

Bottle 12 x 75cl 17cs

£454.92

Bottle 12 x 75cl 1cs

£430.00

Bottle 12 x 75cl 1cs

£450.00
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Chateau Les Carmes Haut Brion, Ready, but will improve,

Bottle

£55.00

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Chateau Brane-Cantenac, Ready, but will improve,

Case price (Bottle 12 x 75cl)

£693.60

Bottle 12 x 75cl 7cs

£552.00
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Chateau Clinet, For laying down,

Case price (Bottle 12 x 75cl)

£880.68

Bottle 12 x 75cl 10cs

£707.88
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Chateau Haut-Bailly, For laying down,

Case price (Bottle 12 x 75cl)

£895.08

Bottle 12 x 75cl 3cs

£719.88

Bottle 12 x 75cl 6cs

£700.00

Bottle 12 x 75cl 1cs

£710.00

Bottle 12 x 75cl 1cs

£715.00

Bottle 12 x 75cl 1cs

£1,190.00

Magnum 6 x 150cl 1cs

£770.00
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Chateau Beychevelle, For laying down,

Case price (Bottle 12 x 75cl)

£1,125.48

Bottle 12 x 75cl 21cs

£911.88

Bottle 6 x 75cl 1cs

£435.00

Bottle 6 x 75cl 4cs

£475.00

Bottle 6 x 75cl 2cs

£480.00

Bottle 6 x 75cl 4cs

£500.00

Bottle 12 x 75cl 1cs

£850.00

Bottle 12 x 75cl 1cs

£860.00

Bottle 12 x 75cl 1cs

£1,000.00

Bottle 12 x 75cl 1cs

£1,100.00
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Case price (Bottle 12 x 75cl)

£1,269.48

Bottle 12 x 75cl 10cs

£1,031.88

Case price (Bottle 6 x 75cl)

£634.74

Bottle 6 x 75cl 3cs

£515.94

Bottle 6 x 75cl 10cs

£520.00
New To BBX Ex-Chateau

Bottle 12 x 75cl 1cs

£1,015.00
New To BBX Ex-Chateau

Bottle 12 x 75cl 1cs

£1,200.00
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Chateau Bellevue Mondotte, For laying down,

Case price (Bottle 12 x 75cl)

£1,759.20

Bottle 12 x 75cl 1cs

£1,440.00

Bottle 12 x 75cl 2cs

£1,395.00
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Chateau Palmer, For laying down,

Bottle 12 x 75cl 1cs

£2,490.00

Bottle 12 x 75cl 1cs

£3,000.00
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Chateau Lynch Bages, For laying down,

Case price (Magnum 6 x 150cl)

£1,291.20

Magnum 6 x 150cl 8cs

£1,050.00

Bottle 6 x 75cl 2cs

£575.00

Bottle 6 x 75cl 1cs

£670.00

Bottle 12 x 75cl 7cs

£990.00

Bottle 12 x 75cl 1cs

£995.00

Bottle 12 x 75cl 4cs

£1,020.00

Bottle 12 x 75cl 1cs

£1,050.00

Bottle 12 x 75cl 1cs

£1,100.00

Bottle 12 x 75cl 1cs

£1,198.00

Bottle 12 x 75cl 1cs

£1,200.00

Magnum 6 x 150cl 2cs

£980.00
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Chateau Margaux, For laying down,

Bottle 6 x 75cl 2cs

£1,895.00

Bottle 6 x 75cl 1cs

£1,900.00

Bottle 6 x 75cl 1cs

£1,975.00

Bottle 12 x 75cl 1cs

£3,850.00

Bottle 12 x 75cl 1cs

£3,995.00
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Mixed Cases, Ready, but will improve,

Case price (Special 1 x 675cl)

£7,943.38

Special 1 x 675cl 1cs

£6,599.99
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Cos d'Estournel, For laying down,

Bottle 12 x 75cl 1cs

£960.00

Bottle 12 x 75cl 1cs

£1,060.00

Bottle 12 x 75cl 1cs

£1,150.00

Bottle 12 x 75cl 1cs

£1,400.00
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Chateau Pontet-Canet, Ready, but will improve,

Magnum 6 x 150cl 1cs

£940.00

Magnum 6 x 150cl 1cs

£960.00

Bottle 12 x 75cl 1cs

£730.00

Bottle 12 x 75cl 1cs

£780.00

Bottle 12 x 75cl 1cs

£790.00

Bottle 12 x 75cl 1cs

£800.00
New To BBX

Bottle 12 x 75cl 1cs

£830.00

Bottle 12 x 75cl 3cs

£900.00

Bottle 12 x 75cl 1cs

£950.00

Bottle 12 x 75cl 1cs

£1,000.00

Bottle 12 x 75cl 3cs

£1,100.00

Bottle 12 x 75cl 1cs

£1,200.00

Bottle 12 x 75cl 1cs

£1,290.00
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Chateau Calon-Segur, For laying down,

Bottle 6 x 75cl 2cs

£390.00

Bottle 12 x 75cl 1cs

£760.00
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Chateau La Mission-Haut-Brion, Ready, but will keep,

Bottle 12 x 75cl 1cs

£580.00
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Chateau Leoville Poyferre, For laying down,

Bottle 12 x 75cl 13cs

£645.00

Bottle 12 x 75cl 1cs

£700.00

Bottle 12 x 75cl 1cs

£728.00
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Chateau Lynch Bages, Ready, but will keep,

Bottle 12 x 75cl 1cs

£365.00

Bottle 12 x 75cl 1cs

£450.00
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Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou, Ready, but will improve,

Bottle 12 x 75cl 1cs

£299.00

Bottle 12 x 75cl 1cs

£375.00
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Chateau Latour, For laying down,

Bottle 6 x 75cl 1cs

£2,400.00
New To BBX

Bottle 12 x 75cl 1cs

£4,500.00
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Chateau Lafite Rothschild, For laying down,

Bottle 6 x 75cl 1cs

£3,900.00

Bottle 6 x 75cl 1cs

£4,000.00
New To BBX

Bottle 12 x 75cl 1cs

£7,190.00

Bottle 12 x 75cl 1cs

£7,729.00

Bottle 12 x 75cl 1cs

£14,000.00

Bottle 12 x 75cl 1cs

£15,000.00

Magnum 6 x 150cl 1cs

£7,200.00
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Ch. Cantemerle, Ready, but will keep,
New To BBX

Bottle 6 x 75cl 1cs

£160.00

D. Magnum 1 x 300cl 1cs

£160.00

D. Magnum 1 x 300cl 1cs

£220.00
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Chateau Leoville Barton, For laying down,

Bottle 12 x 75cl 1cs

£990.00
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Chateau Leoville Las Cases, For laying down,

Bottle 6 x 75cl 1cs

£999.00

Bottle 12 x 75cl 1cs

£1,300.00

Bottle 12 x 75cl 1cs

£1,350.00

Bottle 12 x 75cl 1cs

£1,490.00
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Chateau Ausone, For laying down,

Bottle 6 x 75cl 2cs

£2,350.00

Bottle 6 x 75cl 1cs

£2,600.00
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Chateau La Conseillante, Ready, but will improve,

Bottle 12 x 75cl 2cs

£875.00

Bottle 12 x 75cl 5cs

£900.00

Bottle 12 x 75cl 1cs

£950.00

Bottle 12 x 75cl 1cs

£1,050.00

Magnum 6 x 150cl 1cs

£980.00

Magnum 6 x 150cl 1cs

£1,060.00
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