We are pleased to present a small initial offering of 2017 Bordeaux. While reports on these wines have been all over the map, many in the trade feel the wines will end up better than people initially thought and with the dollar gaining some strength prices are becoming more attractive every day. We plan on offering the top 25 or so wines from 2017 (once available) and please don't hesitate to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any special requests for 2017 Bordeaux. I've shared some interesting thoughts from wine writers Neal Martin of Vinous and James Suckling below. Phil Bernstein MacArthur Beverages
"Stylistically? The bouquet is often perfumed, a facet of winemaking that has vastly improved in recent years thanks to fine-tuning techniques in the winery. The wines frequently have a floral element, violets but quite often, more iris-like scents. 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. Finishes are moderate in length, often with an estuarine/brine-like aftertaste. Thanks to tannin management they ought to be very approachable, though most have the structure to suggest medium-term ageing potential, peaking from 10 to 20 years. Only the very top wines will deserve seriously long-term ageing and, in any case, you may well have the 2015 and 2016s for that. But their freshness ought to see them repay bottle maturation. One or two sages opined they resemble the 1988 albeit with much finer tannins and purity, again a view with good foundations.
"In banal terms, I like this vintage. I am not saying it is the best, but they were mostly a pleasure to taste and fascinating to learn about." Neal Martin Vinous
"The quality of 2017 is much better than most people might expect. Clearly, as I wrote earlier in the week, it's not in the same league as the outstanding 2016 and 2015 vintages. Yet, nor is it the largely disappointing 2013. Over the past two weeks tasting in Bordeaux, I rated many wines 90 points or more together with my son Jack. I scored some of the wines from the great names of Bordeaux, such as the first growths and blue-chip Right Bank wines, between 96 to 99 points. Of course, these were the rare exceptions where remarkable terroirs, precise viticulture and winemaking delivered terrific results. 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." James Suckling
Wines will arrive in the spring of 2020