Bordeaux 2017: The Round Up

Bordeaux 2017: The Round Up
We cannot remember a campaign where the perception of a vintage has diverged so much from the reality. It would seem that the general assessment from collectors is that 2017 is a 2014 minus, when it is clear to us, the press, our competitors and the Bordelais that this vintage is a big step up on the very tasty 2014s. Perhaps the curse of vintages ending in seven has struck again… Baptiste Guinaudeau of Chateau Lafleur describes it as a clear continuation of 2015 and 2016 in terms of quality. The best wines have poise, elegance and genuine depth of fruit, alongside glorious freshness and low alcohol levels. We can’t help thinking that this has been an opportunity missed…

As is our custom, we will round up the campaign and highlight a few gems that are still at large… for the time being… Canon and Rauzan Segla are two of the most fashionable Chateaux in Bordeaux. This season’s collection was another triumph for Nicolas Audebert and his team. We have a few cases left, but they will fly off the racks… Another hot property, Chateau Beychevelle is also still available. The winemaking has improved dramatically since Romain Ducolomb arrived. This is another really accomplished effort and is sure to be a sell-out… If you are looking for supreme quality, you don’t need to look further than the superb Pichon Comtesse. Another Nicolas, Monsieur Glumineau, is turning this ‘Super Second’ into something of a First Growth beater. We love the sumptuous style and the effortless grace – this is everything we look for from Bordeaux. Produced in a more masculine and brooding style, but no less impressive is the stunning Lynch Bages. We were really impressed by the mineral infused inky fruit - it’s not hard to see why this is one of the most popular brands in Bordeaux…

And as a grand finale, we have some of the most exclusive and sought after wines of the vintage. We can scarcely believe it, but there are a handful of cases of Chateau Margaux left. This was staggeringly good – a truly radiant and psychedelic Margaux! The Pauillac duo of Mouton and Lafite Rothschild are also still available – both are immense wines with big scores to boot! And our pièce de résistance is the superb Haut Brion Blanc. This is produced in ‘garagiste’ quantities and achieved the highest score of the vintage from the all-important Wine Advocate. It is one of the rarest gems of Bordeaux.