Bordeaux 2017 Vintage: The Surprises of En Primeur

April 13, 2018

As Bordeaux’s annual En Primeur barrel tasting comes to an interesting close, there are a few shining stars among the reds from Saint-Émilion, Pauillac and Saint-Julien.

Bright fruit, soft tannins and intense acidity: that’s the summary for the reds of Bordeaux’s 2017 vintage. Concentrated and beautifully ripe is the summary for the excellent whites and superb dessert wines.

It just isn’t the greatest year for Bordeaux’s best. Growers and buyers—gathered these past few days for the annual En Primeur barrel tasting marathon—agree the 2017 wines are not like the exceptional 2015 or 2016 vintages. It has been fascinating and it has often been fun, but electrifying moments have been few and far between.

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