Harvest 2017

 

2017 LOOKS TO BE YET ANOTHER VERY GOOD VINTAGE

 

Hot streak of very good vintages in Bordeaux continues and it looks like 2017 will be the best vintage ending with 7 since 1947, making four very good to exceptional vintages in row.

1947 was followed by 1948, 1949 and 1950, with 1947 and 1949 being monumental ones, 1950 rare and excellent especially on Right Bank and 1948 very good indeed.

2014 is very classic Bordeaux vintage vintage of splendid quality, 2015 and 2016 are exceptional ones rivalling 1947 and 1949 while 2017's potential is to be seen but it looks promising. Bordeaux people say there are similarities in 2017 vintage with 2014, 2011, 2012 and 2004. Certainly, it won't be another 2016, 2015, 2010, 2009 and 2005.

Dry whites will be of very good quality and sweet whites looks extremely promising with plenty of botrytis.

Red harvest finished on both Banks in the end of September/beginning of October, most places it was a long one and quality of grapes was depending of the time of the harvest because of rain on the 10th September. For sure, it'll be a winemaker's vintage.

I visited Bordeaux between 5th October and 12th October - here are my impressions:

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2017 VINTAGE LOOKS VERY GOOD INDEED - FOR LATEST NEWS CHECK "HARVEST 2017" IN CHAPTER "HARVESTS".

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COMING SOON - PROFILE OF HAUT BAILLY. RECENT ADDITIONS - PROFILE OF LA CABANNE, CERTAN DE MAY AND LEOVILLE LAS CASES

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DURING TWO WEEKS FROM END OF MARCH TO MID-APRIL 2017, I TASTED APP. 420 BARREL SAMPLES OF 2016 VINTAGE. PLEASE READ MY REPORT WITH A LOT OF TASTING NOTES AND CONCLUSIONS IN CHAPTER "VINTAGES".

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HERE ARE MY TOP TEN WINES OF 2016

1. Montrose 1990 100p 2. Latour 2000 100p 3. Lafleur 2000 100p 4. Le Pin 1990 99p 5. Cheval Blanc 1990 99p 6. Lafite 2000 99p 7. Montrose 2010 99p 8. Yquem 1986 98p 9. Tertre Roteboeuf 2000 98p 10. Certan de May 1982 98p

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THAT'S THE WAY TO CELEBRATE 70TH BIRTHDAY - CHECK OUT THE ARTICLE WITH SAME TITLE IN THE CHAPTER "HORISONTAL AND VERTICAL TASTINGS"