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2017 Bordeaux

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 pbernstein@bassins.com 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

2017 Chateau Barde Haut - St. Emilion (Future)
750ml | SKU 75604 
JS
(93-94)
Full body and firm and silky tannins. Tightly wound. Impressive.
2017 Chateau Branaire Ducru - St. Julien (future)
750ml | SKU 75603 
VM
(91-94)
As always, Branaire is a wine of polish and finesse.
2017 Chateau Canon - St. Emilion (Future)
750ml | SKU 75723 
VM
(93-96)
Effortless and gracious, Canon is a wine of real pedigree.
2017 Chateau Clinet - Pomerol (Future)
750ml | SKU 75608 
JD
(93-95)
the 2017 Château Clinet is a beautiful, dense, concentrated wine that has terrific notes of blueberries, spring flowers, and chocolaty oak.
2017 Chateau Clos Marquis - St. Julien (Future)
750ml | SKU 75833 
WA
(91-93)
the 2017 Clos du Marquis gives up gorgeous notions of crushed plums, blackberries and cassis with hints of chocolate box, pencil lead, menthol and lavender.
2017 Chateau Clos Marquis - St. Julien HALF BOTTLE (Future)
375ml | SKU 75834 
WA
(91-93)
The palate is medium-bodied, very finely crafted and refreshing with firm yet fine-grained tannins, great intensity and a long, mineral-laced finish.
2017 Chateau Cos d'Estournel - St. Estephe (Future)
750ml | SKU 75714 
WA
(97-100)
"Truly profound" Wine Advocate
2017 Chateau Domaine de Chevalier - Pessac (Future)
750ml | SKU 75598 
JD
(94-97)
an incredibly classic bouquet of crème de cassis, crushed rock, pipe tobacco, smoked earth, and leafy herbs.
2017 Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou - St. Julien (Future)
750ml | SKU 75742 
WA
(95-97+)
Sporting an incredible core of muscular mid-palate fruit, this wine should age incredibly.
2017 Chateau Figeac - St. Emilion (Future)
750ml | SKU 75740 
VM
(94-97)
The 2017 Figeac is magnificent. Beautifully layered and exquisite in the glass
2017 Chateau Haut Bailly - Pessac (Future)
750ml | SKU 75730 
VM
(93-96)
All the classic Haut-Bailly signatures come through in a mid-weight, super-finessed wine that hits all the right notes.
2017 Chateau Haut Brion - Pessac (Future)
750ml | SKU 75760 
WA
(95-97)
fresh blackberries, black currants and dark chocolate with suggestions of pencil shavings, beef drippings, tilled soil and cracked black pepper plus a waft of lavender
2017 Chateau La Mission Haut Brion - Pessac (Future)
750ml | SKU 75761 
WA
(95-97)
Medium to full-bodied with very firm, grainy tannins and a racy backbone supporting the taut, muscular fruit, it has bags of mineral and earthy suggestions layering the very long finish
2017 Chateau Leoville Poyferre - St. Julien (Future)
750ml | SKU 75725 
WA
(93-95)
intense notes of freshly crushed blackcurrants, wild blueberries and Sichuan pepper with hints of lavender, baking spices and wood smoke
2017 Chateau Lynch Bages - Pauillac (Future)
750ml | SKU 75581 
JS
(95-96)
A beautiful young wine
2017 Chateau Malartic Lagraviere - Pessac (Future)
750ml | SKU 75602 
VM
(90-93)
The 2017 Malartic Lagravière is dense, powerful and explosive
2017 Chateau Margaux - Margaux (Future)
750ml | SKU 75741 
WA
(96-98)
It's framed by very finely grained and plush yet firm tannins and great tension, finishing with epic length
2017 Chateau Monbousquet - St. Emilion (Future)
750ml | SKU 75599 
JS
(92-93)
Tight and linear with dark berries and hints of toasted oak
2017 Chateau Montrose - St Estephe (Future)
750ml | SKU 75724 
WA
(96-99)
Possessing great poise and intensity, this is one of the greatest Montrose's I have tasted!
2017 Chateau Mouton Rothschild - Pauillac (Future)
750ml | SKU 75731 
WA
(97-99)
Wow. This vintage is going to be very long-lived in the cellar!
2017 Chateau Pape Clement - Pessac (Future)
750ml | SKU 75607 
VM
(94-97)
The 2017 Pape Clément is fabulous... with a real sense of structure, Pape Clément possesses dazzling intensity from start to finish.
2017 Chateau Pavie - St. Emilion (Future)
750ml | SKU 75746 
WA
(97-99)
Full-bodied, rich, firm, velvety and packed solid with black and blue fruit layers accented by sparks of exotic spices and floral scents
2017 Chateau Pavie Macquin - St. Emilion (Future)
750ml | SKU 75692 
WA
(95-97)
The 2017 Pavie Macquin is deep garnet-purple in color and opens with flamboyant notes of warm black and red plums, black cherries and tilled soil with delicate touches of cloves, star anise, red roses and forest floor.
2017 Chateau Pichon Lalande - Pauillac (Future)
750ml | SKU 75666 
JS
(95-96)
Showing character of some of the top years of the 1980s.
2017 Chateau Pontet Canet - Pauillac (Future)
750ml | SKU 75729 
WA
(96-98)
2017 Pontet-Canet opens with vibrant wild blueberries, black raspberries and crushed plums with notions of cinnamon stick, violets, unsmoked cigars and pencil lead plus wafts of roses, lavender and tilled black soil
2017 Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte - Pessac (Future)
750ml | SKU 75690 
WA
(94-96)
a sustained yet ethereal mid-palate, with a long, energetic, mineral-laced finish
2017 Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte Blanc - Pessac (future)
750ml | SKU 75691 
WA
(96-98+)
gorgeous, super-intense scents of pink grapefruit, white peaches, kumquats and ginger with wafts of under-ripe pineapple, lime blossoms and crushed rocks.
2017 Chateau Troplong Mondot - St. Emilion (Future)
750ml | SKU 75715 
VM
(95-98)
A rush of black cherry, plum, mocha, new leather and spice builds as this gorgeous Saint-Émilion shows off its breeding and total class.
2017 Chateau Vieux Ch Certan - Pomerol (Future)
750ml | SKU 75799 
WS
(96-98)
very finely pixelated tannins, with seamless freshness and fantastic length.