Our offer of Bordeaux 2017 En Primeur has begun and will continue throughout May and June, as wines are released by the Châteaux. You’ll find a list of wines, both released and yet to release, online here.
2017 is a complex year, with some excellent wines from some properties, whilst others made no wine at all. Frost damage led to uneven ripening and a much reduced harvest, just 50% compared to 2016.
Some areas of the Médoc were protected, including St Julien, Pauillac and St Estèphe. Parts of Margaux survived but others suffered badly. Properties furthest from the river bank fared the worst. Pessace-Léognan benefited from the effect of being close to the city of Bordeaux, the slightly increased temperatures protecting from the frost. In Pomerol and St Emilion the frost damage was again a patchwork, leaving some areas untouched and others decimated. Lalande de Pomerol fared worst, with 75% frost damage.
The weather at harvest was marked by cloud, lacking sunshine to increase concentration levels, but this was offset by an early start to the growing season and some good weather in July. Wines have a moderate alcohol level, a deep colour and fresh acidity should be the norm for properties which escaped the frosts.
Sauternes was also badly hit by frost, but with lots of botrytis in the autumn the best wines will be complex and worth cellaring.
The map linked gives an idea of just how bad the frosts were and where they hit the hardest.
If you’re new to En Primeur you’ll find detailed information in our article ‘What is En Primeur?’
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