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Bordeaux 2017 En Primeur – Spotting The Hidden Gems

All the Bordeaux 2017 En Primeur wines are now released and all critics notes are in the public domaine, so it seemed like an opportune time to pull all the information together in to one place for you. We’ve included a summary of their thoughts below along with the full En Primeur list . What is becoming clear is that 2017 is not a vintage to buy blind, there are a small number of exceptional wines, plenty of good wines, some hidden gems, and chateaux who have under-performed. All of the Jeroboams team tasted the wines in Bordeaux, so please do speak to your account manager for En Primeur advice and recommendations.

Antonio Galloni
Even though quality is inconsistent, 2017 produced a number of tremendous wines. A number of 2017s on the Right Bank are positively thrilling. Over on the Left Bank, the finest 2017s are polished and refined. Examples include Montrose, Haut-Brion and Léoville Las Cases, all of which are more sensual than they usually are at this stage. 2017 is a fabulous vintage for Bordeaux’s dry whites and almost as good for the sweet white wines.

Ten most exciting wines: Ausone, Canon, Lafite-Rothschild, Lafleur, Leoville Las Cases, L’If, Pape-Clement Blanc, Petrus, Troplong Mondot, Vieux Chateau Certan

Neal Martin
The 2017 Bordeaux vintage is a good to very good vintage, but it is not close to 2015 or 2016 in all but a handful of cases. It is not a Left or Right Bank vintage. Quality can be found on both banks although as I compiled and edited my notes, I confess a lot of affection for the Right Bank thanks to performances in Saint-Émilion.

The 2017s boast plenty of freshness with crisp acidity, noticeable but not strong or grippy tannins, more black fruit compared to recent vintages. They are not dense or weighty wines and are often linear in style. One or two sages opined they resemble the 1988 albeit with much finer tannins and purity, again a view with good foundations.

Twelve best wines: Montrose, Calon-Segur, Lafite-Rothschild, Leoville Barton, Marquis d’Alesme, Haut-Brion, Les Carmes Haut-Brion, Domaine de Chevalier Blanc, Angelus, Belair-Monange, Lafleur, l’Eglise-Clinet

Twelve potential vest value for money wines: Capbern, Reserve de la Comtesse, Teyssier, Pierre de Lune, Saint Pierre, La Grande Clotte Blanc, Malescasse, Carbonnieux Blanc, Carlmagnus, Les Trois Croix, Montlandrie, Les Champs Libres Blanc

James Suckling
The quality of 2017 is much better than most people might expect. The 2017 vintage underlines that vintage variations among the top wines of Bordeaux — like most key wine regions in the world — are much less than in the past.

Julia Harding for JancisRobinson.com
It’s a small but good vintage with many wines that either escaped or were able to make a detour round the frost. Frost has been the story up to now, and will always be associated with 2017, as it was with 1991, but the difference is that good and excellent wines have been made

Jane Anson for Decanter.com
Overall, I would say 2017 is a bronze to silver year, in the Decanter World Wine Awards ratings, with some clear pockets of gold. There are some wonderful wines, but it is not a vintage to buy blind. It’s a year when 90 points and upwards are really worth looking out for – and the ones that have headed over 94 or 95 and upwards are truly exceptional.

If the price reflects this, it’s a year when I would definitely recommend careful buying – there is no reason at all to let the difficulties of the vintage obscure the fact that there is an awful lot of pleasure and success out there.

Bordeaux 2017 En Primeur full list

Item Description Case Size Case Price
2017 Chateau Belair-Monange, St Emilion Grand Cru 3 x Magnum £598
2017 Chateau Lafite Rothschild 1st Growth Pauillac 1 x Magnum £835
2017 Chateau Lafite Rothschild 1st Growth Pauillac 1 x DM £1,690
2017 Chateau Lafite Rothschild 1st Growth Pauillac 6 x Bottle £2,490
2017 Chateau Lafleur, Pomerol 3 x Bottle £1,335
2017 Chateau Langoa Barton, 3rd Growth St. Julien 6 x Bottle £195
2017 Chateau Leoville Barton, 2nd Growth St. Julien 3 x Magnum £335
2017 Chateau Leoville Barton, 2nd Growth St. Julien 6 x Bottle £327
2017 Chateau Leoville Barton, 2nd Growth St. Julien 12 x Half Bottle £337
2017 Chateau Leoville Las Cases 2nd Growth St. Julien 3 x Magnum £897
2017 Chateau Leoville Las Cases 2nd Growth St. Julien 6 x Bottle £888
2017 Chateau Leoville Las Cases 2nd Growth St. Julien 12 x Half Bottle £898
2017 Chateau Leoville Poyferre 2nd Growth St. Julien 1 x DM £240
2017 Chateau Leoville Poyferre 2nd Growth St. Julien 3 x Magnum £341
2017 Chateau Leoville Poyferre 2nd Growth St. Julien 6 x Bottle £333
2017 Chateau Lynch Bages, 5th Growth Pauillac 3 x Magnum £446
2017 Chateau Lynch Bages, 5th Growth Pauillac 6 x Bottle £443
2017 Chateau Lynch Bages, 5th Growth Pauillac 12 x Half Bottle £448
2017 Chateau Lynch Bages, 5th Growth Pauillac 12 x Bottle £886
2017 Chateau Margaux, 1st Growth Margaux 3 x Bottle £1,080
2017 Chateau Margaux, 1st Growth Margaux 3 x Magnum £2,170
2017 Chateau Margaux, 1st Growth Margaux 6 x Bottle £2,160
2017 Chateau Marsau, Cotes de Bordeaux Francs 1 x Imperial £125
2017 Chateau Marsau, Cotes de Bordeaux Francs Balthazar £270
2017 Chateau Marsau, Cotes de Bordeaux Francs Nebuchadnezzar £350
2017 Chateau Marsau, Cotes de Bordeaux Francs 3 x DM £215
2017 Chateau Marsau, Cotes de Bordeaux Francs 6 x Magnum £132
2017 Chateau Marsau, Cotes de Bordeaux Francs 12 x Bottle £120
2017 Chateau Marsau, Cotes de Bordeaux Francs 24 x Half Bottle £132
2017 Chateau La Mission Haut Brion, Cru Classe Graves 6 x Bottle £1,380
2017 Chateau Montrose, 2nd Growth St. Estephe 3 x Magnum £599
2017 Chateau Montrose, 2nd Growth St. Estephe 6 x Bottle £591
2017 Chateau Montrose, 2nd Growth St. Estephe 12 x Half Bottle £601
2017 Chateau Mouton Rothschild 1st Growth Pauillac Double Magnum £1,470
2017 Chateau Mouton Rothschild 1st Growth Pauillac 1 x Imperial £2,920
2017 Chateau Mouton Rothschild 1st Growth Pauillac 3 x Bottle £1,080
2017 Chateau Mouton Rothschild 1st Growth Pauillac 3 x Magnum £2,170
2017 Chateau Mouton Rothschild 1st Growth Pauillac 6 x Bottle £2,160
2017 Chateau Palmer, 3rd Growth Margaux 6 x Bottle £1,175
2017 Chateau Palmer, 3rd Growth Margaux 12 x Half Bottle £1,181
2017 Chateau Pavie Macquin, Grand Cru Classe St. Emilion 1 x Magnum £110
2017 Chateau Pavie Macquin, Grand Cru Classe St. Emilion 1 x DM £245
2017 Chateau Pavie Macquin, Grand Cru Classe St. Emilion 3 x Magnum £324
2017 Chateau Pavie Macquin, Grand Cru Classe St. Emilion 6 x Bottle £316
2017 Chateau Pavie Macquin, Grand Cru Classe St. Emilion 12 x Half Bottle £326
2017 Les Pensees de Lafleur, 2nd Wine of Chateau Lafleur, Pomerol 3 x Bottle £282
2017 La Petite Eglise, Pomerol 6 x Bottle £170
2017 Chateau Baron Pichon Longueville, 2nd Growth Pauillac 3 x Magnum £596
2017 Chateau Baron Pichon Longueville, 2nd Growth Pauillac 6 x Bottle £588
2017 Chateau Pichon Comtesse Lalande, 2nd Growth Pauillac 1 x DM £395
2017 Chateau Pichon Comtesse Lalande, 2nd Growth Pauillac 3 x Magnum £566
2017 Chateau Pichon Comtesse Lalande, 2nd Growth Pauillac 6 x Bottle £558
2017 Chateau Pichon Comtesse Lalande, 2nd Growth Pauillac 12 x Half Bottle £568
2017 Chateau Pontet Canet, 5th Growth Pauillac 1 x DM £368
2017 Chateau Pontet Canet, 5th Growth Pauillac 3 x Magnum £515
2017 Chateau Pontet Canet, 5th Growth Pauillac 6 x Bottle £507
2017 Chateau Rauzan Segla, 2nd Growth Margaux 3 x Magnum £332
2017 Chateau Rauzan Segla, 2nd Growth Margaux 6 x Bottle £324
2017 Reserve de la Comtesse, Pauillac, 2nd Wine of Chateau Pichon Comtesse Lalande 6 x Bottle £180
2017 Chateau Tertre-Roteboeuf Grand Cru  St. Emilion 6 x Bottle £750
2017 Vieux Chateau Certan, Pomerol 3 x Magnum £1,040
2017 Vieux Chateau Certan, Pomerol 6 x Bottle £1,032
2017 La Clarte de Haut Brion Blanc, Pessac-Leognan 6 x Bottle £360
2017 L’Extravagant, Chateau Doisy-Daene, Barsac 1 x Half Bottle £135
2017 Chateau Haut Brion Blanc, Cru Classe Graves 3 x Bottle £1,750
2017 Chateau La Mission Haut- Brion Blanc, Cru Classe Graves 3 x Bottle £1,400
2017 Pavillon Blanc de Chateau Margaux, Bordeaux Blanc 6 x Bottle £888
2017 Chateau Roc de Cambes, Cotes de Bourg 6 x Bottle £250
2017 Blanc de Lynch Bages, Bordeaux AOP 6 x Bottle £180
2017 Chateau Capbern St Estephe 6 x Bottle £87
2017 Chateau Capbern St Estephe 12 x Half Bottle £95
2017 Alter Ego de Palmer, Margaux, 2nd Wine of Chateau Palmer 6 x Bottle £293
2017 Chateau Ausone, Premier Grand Cru Classe, St. Emilion Imperial £3,810
2017 Chateau Ausone, Premier Grand Cru Classe, St. Emilion 3 x Bottle £1,413
2017 Chateau Ausone, Premier Grand Cru Classe, St. Emilion 3 x Magnum £2,835
2017 Chateau Ausone, Premier Grand Cru Classe, St. Emilion 6 x Bottle £2,825
2017 Chateau Beausejour-Duffau, St. Emilion Premier Grand Cru 6 x Bottle £465
2017 Chateau Belair-Monange, St Emilion Grand Cru 6 x Bottle £590
2017 Chateau Beychevelle, 4th Growth St. Julien 3 x Magnum £331
2017 Chateau Beychevelle, 4th Growth St. Julien 6 x Bottle £325
2017 Domaine De Cambes, Cotes de Bourg 6 x Bottle £175
2017 Chateau Canon, Premier Grand Cru Classe, St. Emilion 6 x Bottle £405
2017 Chateau Carmes Haut Brion, Cru Classe Graves 6 x Bottle £336
2017 Chateau Cheval Blanc, Premier Grand Cru Classe, St. Emilion 6 x Bottle £2,400
2017 Clos du Marquis, St. Julien 3 x Magnum £213
2017 Chateau la Conseillante Pomerol 3 x Magnum £748
2017 Chateau la Conseillante Pomerol 6 x Bottle £738
2017 Chateau Cos d’Estournel, 2nd Growth, St Estephe 3 x Magnum £662
2017 Chateau Cos d’Estournel, 2nd Growth, St Estephe 6 x Bottle £654
2017 Chateau Cos d’Estournel, 2nd Growth, St Estephe 12 x Half Bottle £664
2017 Chateau Cos d’Estournel, 2nd Growth, St Estephe 12 x Bottle £1,308
2017 Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou 2nd Growth St. Julien 1 x Magnum £225
2017 Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou 2nd Growth St Julien 1 x DM £480
2017 Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou 2nd Growth St. Julien 3 x Magnum £668
2017 Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou 2nd Growth St. Julien 6 x Bottle £660
2017 Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou 2nd Growth St. Julien 12 x Half Bottle £670
2017 Chateau l’Eglise Clinet, Pomerol 6 x Bottle £1,032
2017 Chateau Figeac, Premier Grand Cru Classe, St Emilion Magnum £250
2017 Chateau Figeac, Premier Grand Cru Classe, St Emilion 1 x DM £522
2017 Chateau Figeac, Premier Grand Cru Classe, St Emilion 3 x Magnum £748
2017 Chateau Figeac, Premier Grand Cru Classe, St Emilion 6 x Bottle £738
2017 Chateau La Fleur Petrus, Pomerol 3 x Magnum £895
2017 Chateau La Fleur Petrus, Pomerol 6 x Bottle £895
2017 Chateau La Fleur Petrus, Pomerol 12 x Half Bottle £895
2017 Chateau La Gaffeliere, Premier Grand Cru Classe, St. Emilion 3 x Magnum £296
2017 Chateau La Gaffeliere, Premier Grand Cru Classe, St. Emilion 6 x Bottle £288
2017 Chateau La Gaffeliere, Premier Grand Cru Classe, St. Emilion 12 x Half Bottle £298
2017 Chateau Giscours, 3rd Growth Margaux 6 x Bottle £255
2017 Chateau Gruaud Larose, 2nd Growth St. Julien 3 x Magnum £315
2017 Chateau Haut Bailly, Cru Classe Graves 6 x Bottle £444
2017 Chateau Haut Batailley, 5th Growth Pauillac 1 x DM £200
2017 Chateau Haut Batailley, 5th Growth Pauillac 1 x Imperial £375
2017 Chateau Haut Batailley, 5th Growth Pauillac 3 x Magnum £253
2017 Chateau Haut Batailley, 5th Growth Pauillac 6 x Bottle £247
2017 Chateau Haut Batailley, 5th Growth Pauillac 6 x Magnum £506
2017 Chateau Haut Batailley, 5th Growth Pauillac 12 x Half Bottle £253
2017 Chateau Haut Brion, 1st Growth Graves 3 x Bottle £1,014
2017 Chateau Haut Brion, 1st Growth Graves 6 x Bottle £2,028