8 Best Wines From 2017 Bordeaux En Primeur

We dropped our latest Issue of The Wine Advocate on Friday, and with it, editor-in-chief Lisa Perrotti-Brown’s much-anticipated en primeur report

“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. 

The vineyards at Château Latour.

"Truly profound."

"The palate is medium-bodied with wonderfully generous tropical and citrus flavors accented by loads of spices, finishing long and savory."

2017 Lafleur
"As it turns out, that combo of the wonderfully decadent Merlot and the galvanizing Cabernet Franc are just magic!"

"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."

"Truly. Stunning."

"Medium-bodied, firm, grainy and very structured with taut, sustained mid-palate fruit, it gives loads of black fruit and spice layers and a very long, mineral-tinged finish."

"This vintage is going to be very long-lived in the cellar!"

"Full-bodied, rich, firm, velvety and packed solid with black and blue fruit layers accented by sparks of exotic spices and floral scents, it finishes very long and incredibly layered."

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