Summary payback time for sauternes, and dry whites also shone, but it was clearly the most difficult red wine vintage for decades across bordeaux. Yields were drastically down in many cases and consultant stephane derenoncourt described producing the vintage from bud to barrel as a war against nature. this year saw hail and some frost affect around 5 of bordeaux vineyards, far less than the 40-50 of losses seen in 2017. The cru classés of sauternes, for example, saw yields of just 10hlha. Vintage quality drink comments 2018 cellar after the very wet spring and late-spring weather which typified bordeaux in 2018, july brought some localised hail problems with, for example, ch guiraud losing 95 per cent of its crop on july 15th other properties lost crop to mildew depradations. Although the overall production for 2019 was similar to 2018, there was a significant difference in the output of the leading bordeaux appellations. The 2019 vintage saw a return to good yields across the board in the seven most prestigious areas, after mixed fortunes in the two previous vintages. everything you need to know about 2018 bordeaux, the best wines, top values, tasting notes, ratings, vintage info and harvest report. 2018 bordeaux vintage and harvest report with detailed information on the growing season and harvest, as well as info on the style and quality of the wines. No, really, bordeaux 2019 is a very good to excellent vintage. It wasnt straightforward, with heatwaves, drought and a rainy finish along the way, but bordeaux enjoyed a long, dry summer and harvest with just enough rain, and no disasters like the late spring frost of 2017 or the significant losses to mildew that some growers experienced in 2018.