“Deconstructing the 2017 Bordeaux vintage was a bit like putting a puzzle together of as many pieces as there are vineyards, wineries and winemakers in Bordeaux,” says Perrotti-Brown. “It was clear from the get-go with my tastings that anyone who was looking to use growing season assumptions and vineyard track records as the basis for their conclusions was about to fall squarely on their you-know-what.”
Though Perrotti-Brown notes that 2017 isn’t “nearly as consistently great as 2015 or 2016,” there are still several stunners.
Here, the top eight wines from the latest en primeur report.
"Blended of 55% Cabernet Franc and 45% Merlot, the deep garnet-purple colored 2017 Ausone offers up slowly emerging notes of crushed black plums, blackberries and mulberries with nuances of anise, violets, new leather and unsmoked cigars plus suggestions of black olives and truffles and a touch of cast iron pan."