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Bordeaux En Primeur 2017: Campaign Update

Bordeaux En Primeur 2017: Campaign Update

A couple of weeks into the Bordeaux 2017 campaign, and in a week of two French bank holidays it's time to take stock of the situation so far. We haven’t yet offered any wines individually as we don’t feel there have been any absolute must haves yet, but with the big critics having reported in it’s time to start looking at the shape of the campaign.
 
Pricing is definitely trending in the right direction from the 2016s, though whether this is enough to move lots of wine is another thing and in some cases is making other recent physical vintages such as 2012 or 2014 look like better value.
 
Chateau Palmer were out of the gate early and while the wine is great, and the Chateau did drop their price from the 2016, it is still more expensive than the 2012 and 2014, wines of similar quality even if a little different in style. If you’re a Palmer collector then there is no reason not to add this to your vertical, but others should perhaps think twice about the value to be had as against physical vintages.
 
A slightly different case at Haut-Batailley. Since the sale to the Cazes family of Lynch Bages a new approach is in place. They didn’t release their 2016 en primeur and will offer physically at some point in the future but there is a re-positioning going on here and the 2017 is a whopping 40% up on the 2015 at release. The wine itself really is excellent and there is a case to be made that this is a correction toward the mean after historic under-pricing, but it’s certainly another one to ponder before pulling the trigger.
 
Speaking of the Cazes, Ormes de Pez looks good at £225, down in price on the 2016 and getting better scores than any other recent vintage. We really liked the wine, so please do let us know if it’s something you’d like to add to your cellar
 
Plenty of other less storied reds are out, and while it’s definitely a vintage to pick and choose from, there are some good wines at modest prices and the ones we liked are offered here.
 
As per usual most Sauternes is out of the gate early. Here there are some great buys to be had as it is a very decent vintage indeed for the stickies. I particularly loved Suduiraut, Coutet, Lafuarie-Peyraguey and Siglas-Rabaud, but it’s hard to go wrong and if you follow a certain Chateau I would not hesitate to add the 2017 to your cellar. Ditto the dry whites. While red Pessac-Leognans were extremely variable, this was not the case for the whites which are on the whole excellent. Highlights among the wines out so far are Pape Clement Blanc (not cheap, but truly excellent) and the whites from Malartic Lagraviere and Latour Martillac.
 
Please do let us know if you’d like to secure anything, or if you have any questions about any wines in particular.

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