Robert Parker – 91.75
As I reported when I tasted it from barrel, Bouchard’s source insisted on picking very late in this vintage, and the 2018 Chambertin Clos de BÃ¨ze Grand Cru is accordingly the headiest, ripest wine in the cellar by some margin, labelled at a tariff-busting but also surely honest 15% alcohol. Offering up an extravagant bouquet of orange rind, raspberries, ripe plums, rose petals and incense that’s framed by a generous application of spicy oak, it’s full-bodied, fleshy and enveloping, with broad shoulders and a sweet core of sun-kissed fruit, built around melting tannins and concluding with noticeable alcoholic warmth. This is a challenging wine to score fairly, since its high octane style is sure to prove divisive and I suspect it won’t make old bones; yet at the same time, FrÃ©dÃ©ric Weber has clearly done a fine job with the fruit he received.
Anticipated maturity: 2020-2033
JancisRobinson.com – 17.5+
Naughty heavy bottle. Overt vanilla and stones, with a core of red-cherry fruit, lots of spicy, peppery tannins and extract. Intense and youthful. A touch of warmth on the finish, but there’s a lot of the ingredients now that should come together quite nicely. (TJ)
Anticipated maturity: 2027-2045