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: