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En-Primeur 2018

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 Vin WS JS JR WA price   wine Vin WS JS JR WA price
Alter Ego de Palmer               Lafite*            
Aile d'Argent               Lagrange            
D'Armailhac               Langoa Barton            
Angelus   95-98 99-100     $2,803   Larcis Ducasse sold out           $556
Ausone               Lascombes   93-96 94-95 15.5 92-94 $598
Beau Sejour Becot           $494   Latour            
Bellevue Mondotte               Latour a Pomerol            
Beychevelle*           $665   Le Clarence de Haut Brion            
Branaire Ducru               La Clarte de Haut Brion            
Brane Cantenac 92-95   95-96 16 92-94 $559   La Croix de Beaucaillou           $373
Branon               La Mission Haut Brion            
Cantemerle               La Mission Haut Brion Blanc            
Calon Segur sold out           $798   Lafon Rochet           $346
Canon sold out           $931   Le Carillon de l'Angelus     94-95     $865
Canon La Gaffeliere 95-98 95-98 94-95   94-96 $684   Le Dome            
Carruades de Lafite               Le Gay            
Clarte Haut Brion               Le Petit Mouton            
Chapelle d'Ausone               Le Petit Lion de Leoville Las Cases 91-94   92-93 17.5 92-94 $439
Chapelle de La Mission Haut Brion               Le Pin            
Cheval Blanc               Leoville Barton           $685
Chevalier de Lascombes               Leoville Las Cases 95-98 97-100 99-100 18.5 98-100 $1,995
Clerc Milon           $680   Leoville Poyferre 94-97 95-98 97-98 17.5 95-98 $732
Climens               Les Forts de Latour            
Clinet*           $712   Les Pagodes de Cos            
Clos de L'Oratoire               Lynch Bages 93-96 96-99 97-98 17 96-98 $998
Clos du Marquis               Malartic Lagraviere           $386
Clos Fourtet 94-97 96-99 96-97   95-97 $905   Malartic Lagraviere Blanc           $426
Clos l'Eglise               Malescot St Exupery            
Cos d'Estournel* 97-100   98-99 17.5 97-100 $1,596   Margaux            
Cos d'Estournel Blanc 91-94   97-98 16.5 92-93 $1,024   Monbousquet            
Coutet               Monbousquet Blanc            
Certan de May               Montrose            
D'Issan 92-95   95-96 17 94-96 $506   Mouton*            
Domaine de Cambes               Palmer sold out           $2,660
Domaine de Chevalier           $586                
Domaine de Chevalier Blanc           $772   Pape Clement           $736
Domaine des Cambes               Pape Clement Blanc           $1,098
Du Tertre               Pavie            
Ducru Beaucaillou 95-98 96-99 98-99 17+ 97-99 $1,543   Pavie Macquin           $586
Duhart Milon           $618   Pavie Decesse            
Echo de Lynch Bages 91-93 89-92 93-94     $320   Pavillon Blanc de Margaux            
Figeac               Pavillon Rouge de Margaux            
Gazin           $689   Petit Village            
Gloria           $320   Pichon Baron            
Giscours 93-96 93-96 96-97 17 90-92+ $493   Pichon Lalande 95-98 97-100 98-99 17.5 97-99 $1,482
Grand Puy Lacoste           $608   Pontet Canet           $931
Grand Village               Rauzan Segla sold out           $798
Gruaud Larose           $569   Reserve de la Comtesse 89-92 90-93 93-94 16.5 92-94+ $356
Guiraud               Rieussec            
Haut Bailly               Roc de Cambes            
Haut Bages Liberal     96-97     $330   Saint Pierre, St Julien            
Haut Brion*               Smith-Haut-Lafitte 90-93 95-98 98-99   97-99+ $878
Haut Brion blanc*               Smith-Haut-Lafitte Blanc 91-94 94-97 97-98 17+ 94-96 $918
Haut Batailley           $480   Sociando Mallet   90-93       $266
Hosanna*               Suduiraut     97-98     $439
L'Evangile               Talbot           $466
L'Eglise Clinet*               Tertre Roteboeuf            
La Cabanne               Troplong Mondot 94-97 95-98 97-98   93-95+ $825
La Conseillante               Trotanoy            
La Dame de Montrose               Quintus            
La Fleur Petrus               Vieux Chateau Certan*            
La Mondotte 94-97 96-99 97-98     $1,843   Phelan Segur            
La Violette               Pibran     93-94   89-91 $277

 * 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 2019.
  • Storage: etc staff will contact you for delivery arrangement in Spring/Summer 2021, 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 2021. 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