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En-Primeur 2017

What a treat it was to be able to taste the 2017 vintage in Bordeaux. Although the press fixated on the April frost in 2017 this is far from the defining characteristic of the vintage. In fact we should ignore the frost all together as any effected vines were discarded and only the healthy fruit was included in the final blends. It is a sad truth that the spring frost diminished the yields for some and was truly devastating for others which in some cases has made for an upsetting reality. However, in the end and as result of careful selection the wines of 2017 are a remarkable success. The overall feeling here is balance and freshness with mineral undertones which will allow the wines to be enjoyed earlier than the more robust preceding vintages of 2015 and 2016. Arguably some of the best successes of the vintage were the white wines with those from the Graves showing particular verve and tension. Throughout the week and basking in the glorious Bordeaux sunshine we couldn’t help but be surprised at the detail, concentration and mouthwatering structure that many of the wines possessed. This is a stunning vintage which will provide the drinker with years of pleasure to come.
 

Weather conditions:
Weather conditions across Bordeaux varied as they always do in a region famous for its microclimates.  Again, removing the frost from the equation, 2017’s conditions were considered favourable for a good vintage if perhaps a vintage of contrasts. Winter was mild and dry but was followed by a wet and warm spring. However, late April brought the frost we have already touched upon. May was warm and flowering commenced with haste. June was unusually wet but with the bone dry summer that followed, this was a blessing locking in moisture and quenching the vine roots. Harvests on the whole were completed early with some recording the earliest picking season on record. 

Vintage Characteristics:
The quality of the 2017 vintage certainly isn’t homogenous, however from our tastings last week we have found that the vintage has produced some remarkable successes. The wines of the Medoc have pitch-perfect balance coupled with an uplifting acidity that begs you in for more. Moving south and focusing more on the white wines of the Pessac-Leognan region you will find linear and focused acidity with a stunning saline and mineral palate. The whites are truly remarkable this year.  Across the Gironde and in to St. Emilion and Pomerol: a slightly mixed selection but the vintage has produced wines with concentration and again with tell-tale freshness. We found many wines from Left Bank to be so charming that we were hard pushed not to pull up a chair and settle in for the afternoon, glass in hand.
 

Buying Strategy:
For those wanting to enjoy great Bordeaux in years to come, this vintage will promise a thrill on the senses. With a varying degree of quality it is best to speak with us and discuss your choices. On the whole the top Chateaux performed well with careful selection and unparalleled expertise so there are many safe bets. However, opinions differ and we at Altaya will be very happy to guide you through.

Tasting notes: Jancis Robinson (JR), Neal Martin (WA), James Suckling (JS), Wine Spectator (WS) and Antonio Galloni’s (AG) are indicated on the following pages.

To place an order, please send an email to order@etcwineshops.com

Wines ( * denotes Limited Allocation )

wine AG WS JS JR WA price   wine AG WS JS JR WA price
Alter Ego de Palmer   89-92 92-93     $588   Lafite*            
Aile d'Argent               Lagrange            
D'Armailhac               Langoa Barton            
Angelus               Larcis Ducasse            
Ausone               Lascombes            
Beausejour Duffau               Latour            
Bellevue Mondotte               Latour a Pomerol            
Beychevelle*               Le Clarence de Haut Brion            
Branaire Ducru               La Clarte de Haut Brion            
                La Croix de Beaucaillou            
Brane Cantenac               La Mission Haut Brion            
Branon               La Mission Haut Brion Blanc            
Calon Segur               Lafon Rochet            
Canon               Le Carillon de l'Angelus            
Canon La Gaffeliere               Le Dome            
Carruades de Lafite               Le Gay            
Clarte Haut Brion               Le Petit Mouton            
Chapelle d'Ausone               Le Petit Lion de Leoville Las Cases            
Chapelle de La Mission Haut Brion               Le Pin            
Cheval Blanc               Leoville Barton            
Chevalier de Lascombes               Leoville Las Cases            
Clerc Milon               Leoville Poyferre            
Climens               Les Forts de Latour            
Clinet*               Les Pagodes de Cos            
Clos de L'Oratoire               Lynch Bages            
Clos du Marquis               Malartic Lagraviere            
Clos Fourtet               Malartic Lagraviere Blanc            
Clos l'Eglise               Malescot St Exupery            
Cos d'Estournel*               Margaux            
Cos d'Estournel Blanc               Monbousquet            
Coutet               Monbousquet Blanc            
Certan de May               Montrose*            
D'Issan               Mouton*            
Domaine de Cambes               Palmer   92-95 97-98     $2,352
Domaine de Chevalier                            
Domaine de Chevalier Blanc               Pape Clement            
Domaine des Cambes               Pape Clement Blanc            
Du Tertre               Pavie            
Ducru Beaucaillou               Pavie Macquin            
Duhart Milon               Pavie Decesse            
Echo de Lynch Bages               Pavillon Blanc de Margaux            
Figeac               Pavillon Rouge de Margaux            
Gazin               Petit Village            
Gloria               Pichon Baron            
Giscours               Pichon Lalande            
Grand Puy Lacoste               Pontet Canet            
Grand Village               Rauzan Segla            
Gruaud Larose               Reserve de la Comtesse            
Guiraud               Rieussec            
Haut Bailly*               Roc de Cambes            
Haut Brion*               Saint Pierre, St Julien            
Haut Brion blanc*               Smith-Haut-Lafitte            
Haut Batailley   89-92 94-95     $504   Smith-Haut-Lafitte Blanc            
Hosanna*               Sociando Mallet            
L'Evangile               Suduiraut            
L'Eglise Clinet*               Talbot            
La Cabanne               Tertre Roteboeuf            
La Conseillante               Troplong Mondot            
La Dame de Montrose               Trotanoy            
La Fleur Petrus               Quintus            
La Mondotte               Vieux Chateau Certan*            
La Violette               Phelan Segur            
                             

 * Denotes Limited Allocation

En Primeur - Terms and Conditions

  • No Inner Cellar discounts offered
  • Tasting notes: Jancis Robinson (JR), Neal Martin (WA), James Suckling (JS), Wine Spectator (WS) and Antonio Galloni’s (AG) are indicated on the following pages
  • Bottling: Prices are for standard 750ml bottles. Wines can be bottled in half bottles, magnums or other formats for an additional charge. Please provide special bottling instructions before 31st August 2018.
  • Storage: etc staff will contact you for delivery arrangement in Spring/Summer 2020, there would be storage charges if we do not receive any reply on shipping instruction in 7 days of our notification. The charge will be HKD $240 per annum per case or per large format bottle (9L case). 
  • Shipping Cost: HKD$180 per case inclusive of insurance. Please instruct us in advance for special shipping arrangements.
  • Offer: Please note that the following wines are offered ex-cellars Bordeaux and available in unit of 6 or 12 bottles. Minimum order is 1 case of 6 bottles (750ml) for each wine, when available. If you need special bottling (half bottles, magnums or other large formats), please let us know at the time of order. They will be available for delivery in Spring/Summer 2020. Payment upon receipt of invoice.
  • Payment:
    Payment will be only processed in HKD.
    The following payment methods are accepted:
    - Visa , Mastercard, AE, bank transfer.

To place order please send an email at order@etcwineshops.com