Médoc and Graves, 2013

2013 was not a good Bordeaux vintage, marred by uneven ripening, rot and diluted grapes. Producers were forced to pick early, and the best one can say is that the best wines are relatively light, with low alcohol levels for early enjoyment.

Some growers commented that it was the toughest vintage for a generation (in terms of reds), while conversely dry whites and the sweet wines of Sauternes and Barsac flourished. But then Bordeaux will always be judged by its reds.

On the Left Bank the growing season was tarnished by poor flowering, hailstorms and late rains and Cabernet Sauvignon struggled to ripen. Careful selection is key.

Médoc and Graves, 2013

2013 was not a good Bordeaux vintage, marred by uneven ripening, rot and diluted grapes. Producers were forced to pick early, and the best one can say is that the best wines are relatively light, with low alcohol levels for early enjoyment.

Some growers commented that it was the toughest vintage for a generation (in terms of reds), while conversely dry whites and the sweet wines of Sauternes and Barsac flourished. But then Bordeaux will always be judged by its reds.

On the Left Bank the growing season was tarnished by poor flowering, hailstorms and late rains and Cabernet Sauvignon struggled to ripen. Careful selection is key.

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  1. Château Ferrière, 2013

    Château Ferrière, 2013

    Margaux, Bordeaux, France

    Optimum Drinking: 2017-2023
    Reviewer Rating: 89 - Ian D'Agata

    “Rich and clean in the mouth, with juicy acidity and rising but polished tannins lifting the fresh red fruit flavors at the back.” Ian d'Agata

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  2. New Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste Pauillac, 2013

    Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste, 2013

    Pauillac, Bordeaux, France

    Optimum Drinking: 2017-2030
    Reviewer Rating: 90 - Wine Spectator

    "The 2013 Grand-Puy-Lacoste has a well-defined bouquet with blackberry, wild strawberry and cedar fruit, nicely composed and delineated...certainly one of the finest Pauillac wines of the vintage..." eRobertParker.com

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  3. Château Ferrière, 2006

    Château Ferrière, 2006

    Margaux, Bordeaux, France

    Optimum Drinking: 2017-2020
    Reviewer Rating: 92 - Ian D'Agata

    “Rather sumptuous, sweet nose in the, say, Pape Clément mould. Good freshness of fruit – very easy ‘pleasant’ wine.” Jancis Robinson MW

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  4. New Château Haut-Bailly 2013

    Château Haut-Bailly, 2013

    Pessac-Léognan, Bordeaux, France

    Optimum Drinking: 2017-2030
    Reviewer Rating: 93 - Antonio Galloni

    "The 2013 Haut Bailly is a cut above many Pessac-Léognan wines this year...a considered, harmonious and very agreeable wine for the vintage..." eRobertParker.com

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  5. Château Duhart-Milon-Rothschild, 2013 - Cadman Fine Wines

    Château Duhart-Milon-Rothschild, 2013

    Pauillac, Bordeaux, France

    Optimum Drinking: 2016-2023
    Reviewer Rating: 88 - Wine Spectator

    "A tangy-edged version, with a blood orange note amid the red currant and raspberry coulis flavors, featuring prominent savory and bay notes that emerge steadily through the finish." Wine Spectator

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  6. New Chateau Calon Segur, Saint-Estephe, 2013TN

    Château Calon Segur, 2013

    Saint-Estèphe, Bordeaux, France

    Optimum Drinking: 2021-2025
    Reviewer Rating: 94 - Robert Parker

    "The 2013 Calon Segur is unquestionably one of the stars of the vintage...Smart and shrewd readers will take a look at this vintage, as well as future vintages of Calon Segur, a terroir with true first-growth potential." Robert Parker

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  7. New Château Ducru-Beaucaillou, 2013

    Château Ducru-Beaucaillou, 2013

    Saint-Julien, France

    Optimum Drinking: 2017-2030
    Reviewer Rating: 92 - Wine Spectator

    “...well balanced with fine tannin, silky smooth and dare I say, almost Burgundy-like towards the finish that shows no signs of any greenness. Considering the challenges of the vintage, Bruno Borie should consider this a success." eRobertParker.com

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