Bordeaux en primeur 2017

Welcome to Prince Wine Store’s Bordeaux 2017 en primeur campaign. We are now technically in week five of the new releases and there have been a number of excellent estates released.

The story of en primeur for the 2017 really began during EP for the 2016 releases. Bordeaux, like the rest of France was struck by three consecutive days of frost in late spring which devastated the vines, and in some cases, led to the total loss of crop for estates. However, to borrow from Will Hargrove, the frost in 2017 was a snob. The best terroirs of the right bank were spared, and the communes of Saint-Estephe, Saint-Julien and Pauillac – in other words those closest to the moderating effects of the river Gironde. It seems that in Bordeaux, as everywhere, terroir does matter! It is also an outstanding vintage for Sauternes and Bordeaux Blanc.

Following the huge success of the 2015 and 2016 vintages Bordeaux experienced something of a re-calibration with 2017 having dropped their prices around 10-20%. This is good news for Bordeaux collectors as prices remain competitive.

I have attached the vintage reports from both Antonio Galloni and Neal Martin below – but in summary, the wines represent a more demure and understated set of wine compared to the 2015 or 2016s. As one Bordeaux inside said to me yesterday: the fruit has been handled beautifully and the wines have a purity and transparency that is super attractive.
Moreover, we know the better terroirs produced excellent wines which are affordably priced and will drink in the medium term while the longer lived 2015s and 2016 cellar.

There are the usual sleepers for those looking for value, particularly the properties of Denis Durantou – Cruzelles and Montlandrie as well as Chateau Hauts Trois Criox.

For this first offer we have modified our formatting and I’ve attached a full list of wines with scores and prices which are currently available. These are not presently available via the website, but the wines will be available online next week.

Once again, we will be offering wines with minimum purchase limits and if there are particular wines you would like sourced please contact me at the store.

DOWNLOAD PDF OFFER

DOWNLOAD GALLONI 2017 REPORT

NEAL MARTIN RIGHT BANK REPORT

NEAL MARTIN LEFT BANK REPORT

 

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