Bordeaux 2017 en primeur buying guide

The Bordeaux 2017 en primeur wagon is trundling on, with prices from many of the leading châteaux still to be released. (Update 21 June 2018: En primeur prices for the 2017s have now almost all been included below.)

It’s a long and fairly tortuous journey, as ever, given that the tastings from barrel of the latest vintage, for the trade and the press, took place back in early April. Here I take a look at how the top wines stack up against the 2016s – a great but fairly expensive vintage – and the more reasonably priced 2014s.

For those vineyards that weren’t hit by the April frost, 2017 is generally closer to 2014 in quality than to 2016 (even if different in style), so it’s potentially a useful comparison. Both are good, sometimes very good vintages.

The list includes my ‘en primeur’ score out of 100 for all the leading wines in 2017, 2016 and 2014, plus the en primeur prices for all three years, and current market prices of the two earlier vintages. Simply compare the scores and the prices and you’ll see if there’s value to be had. (It’s not as simple as that, in truth, because some names are worth so much more than others.)

Note that these are for the top 180 wines from Pauillac, St-Julien, St-Estèphe, Margaux, Pessac-Léognan, Pomerol, St-Emilion and Sauternes, which are sold by the châteaux to Bordeaux négociants now (a year before bottling) and then offered to wine merchants around the world, and on to consumers. Cheaper wines from less famous appellations are not included in my list: these are sometimes offered ‘en primeur’, of course, but for a vintage like 2017 the finished product, I’d suggest, can be re-tasted and purchased after bottling. You could argue that the same applies for the vast majority of the wines on the list – but that’s the game.

Here is an overview of the vintage, and a list of my other posts on Bordeaux 2017.

Prices

A Liv-ex – the London International Vintners Exchange, the fine wine marketplace – have kindly provided the market price figures for the 2016s and 2014s (see the link for their explanation). This is essentially the value of the wine, based on real prices that a merchant is likely to pay, not the retail price. If you’d bought 2014s and they’d been kept in professional ‘bonded’ storage since they were bottled in 2016, this is what they’re worth as of mid-May 2018. (Dry whites were bottled earlier.)

All prices are quoted ‘in bond’, ie without tax (duty or VAT).

Prices went up quite considerably for the most sought after wines after the 2014 vintage for the more popular 2015s, and then again for the excellent 2016s. Higher ex-chateau prices have been exacerbated by the change in the exchange rate for sterling buyers, which was €1.40 to the pound in June 2015 when the 2014s came on the market, compared to €1.14 today.

Market prices for the 2014s – which are, of course, physically available – reflect the change in the exchange rate but also that the en primeur prices for them were, in hindsight, generally quite reasonable.

‘Best to drink’ dates

I have always scored barrel samples as a spread, such as 92-94, as these are unfinished wines, and a lot can change with barrel ageing/élevage through to bottling (evolution, racking, pumping, blending, fining, filtration, cock-ups, bottling…).

There is only room for my estimated ‘best to drink’ dates for each wine from 2017 in the downloadable pdf. As a broad brush, the very top wines should be left for a decade and will last happily for two more after that. In general though, for the higher quality reds from Bordeaux in 2017, many can be cracked open and enjoyed after 5-7 years, or left to age comfortably for up to 15 or 20, depending on the wine and the château – with larger formats for longer.

Useful links

Wine-Searcher
To source any wine, especially previous vintages.

Liv-ex critic scores
My scores are ranked alongside 14 others. With the exception of just 3 out of 100+ wines, my spreads overlap with Neal Martin’s (whose scores were posted there shortly after mine, I hasten to add). Equally my scores are fairly close to those of Jane Anson of Decanter, and not a long way off those of the rather more generous Chris Kissack. The four of us Brits have many years of experience tasting Bordeaux from barrel (though rarely together).

Liv-ex key prices for Bordeaux 2017
Similar and more comprehensive to my comparisons below, and bang up to date, but without the benefit of my scores to guide you. 🙂

Farr Vintners
Tasting notes from several critics on each wine.

A PDF of these tables

I will update the 2017 en primeur prices as they come in. If you want to see these tables as a pdf, you can download them below – including suggested ‘best to drink’ dates for the 2017s.

Download PDF (115kb)

Pauillac

Vintage 2017 2016 2014
EP = En Primeur
Prices by Liv-ex
GQ score EP UK GQ score EP UK Market price GQ score EP UK Market price
Lafite Rothschild 95-97 £4,870 96-99 £6,000 £5,710 95-96 £2,900 £4,900
Latour 95-97 NA 97-100 NA Not released
Mouton Rothschild 94-96 £4,320 97-99 £5,180 £5,071 95-97 £2,340 £3,762
Pichon Baron 94-96 £1,176 96-98 £1,375 £1,249 94-95 £640 £848
Pontet Canet 94-96 £1,013 95-97 £1,370 £1,133 95-96 £648 £700
Pichon Lalande 94-95 £1,116 96-98 £1,420 £1,400 93-95 £625 £846
Les Forts de Latour 93-95 NA 95-96 Not released
Grand Puy Lacoste 92-94 £648 94-96 £735 £629 92-93 £375 £470
Lynch Bages 92-93 £884 96-98 £1,120 £1,160 93-94 £575 £800
Clerc Milon 91-93 £624 92-94 £600 £608 91-92 £324 £660
Petit Mouton 91-92 £1,788 93-95 £1,600 £2,000 92-94 £756 £2,100
Duhart Milon 91-92 £565 93-95 £640 £588 92-93 £425 £495
Batailley 91-92 £393 91-93+ £414 £414 90-91 £250 £340
Haut Batailley 90-92 £495 89-91 NA 90-91 £225 £292
Carruades de Lafite 90-92 £1,650 92-93 £1,600 £2,500 90-92 £920 £2,624
d’Armailhac 90-91 £388 92-93 £390 £422 90-91 £234 £414
Pedesclaux 90-91 £340 91-93 £396 £340 88-90 £235 £282
Haut Bages Libéral 90-91 £288 91-93 £380 £340 90-91 £220 £251
Reserve de la Comtesse 90-91 £360 90-92 £374 £314 89-91 £210 £254
Echo Lynch Bages 89-90 £300 90-93 £340 £339 89-91 £210 £272
Pibran 89-90 £280 90-92 £280 £280 87-88 £185 £199
Grand Puy Ducasse 88-90 £308 90-92 £335 £302 87-90 £215 £249

We’d expect Lafite and Mouton to be very expensive, without the likely returns of, say, their 2014s. Pichon Baron, Pichon Lalande and Pontet Canet all made exceptional 2016s and the 2017s aren’t too far off the pace. I fear they’ll be reassuringly expensive. I’d take Lynch Bages 2016 or the 2014 over the 2017 at these prices, though it’s a popular wine all round. There are few real bargains in Pauillac nowadays, though Grand Puy Lacoste is regularly voted by Liv-ex members as the best value if sub £500 a case wine en primeur. Some wines like Petit Mouton, Clerc Milon and Carruades de Lafite have increased in value considerably. Back vintages of Batailley, Haut Batailley and Pibran offer value..

Saint-Julien

Vintage 2017 2016 2014
EP = En Primeur
Prices by Liv-ex
GQ score EP UK GQ score EP UK Market price GQ score EP UK Market price
Léoville Las Cases 94-96 £1,776 96-98 £2,100 £2,007 93-95 £920 £1,189
Léoville Barton 94-96 £654 95-97 £744 £713 93-95 £430 £547
Ducru Beaucaillou 93-95 £1,488 96-97 £1,704 £1,461 95-97 £750 £1,080
Léoville Poyferré 93-95 £666 95-97 £798 £730 93-95 £430 £525
Clos du Marquis 92-94 £425 93-95 £470 £458 90-92 £295 £288
Langoa Barton 92-94 £390 93-95 £420 £415 92-94 £285 £450
Saint Pierre 91-93 £469 94-95 £560 £545 93-95 £305 £327
Gruaud Larose 91-92 £625 93-94 £620 £608 92-94 £390 £500
Beychevelle 90-92  £650 93-95 £678 £820 91-92 £415 £774
Talbot 90-92  £456 94-95 £490 £472 92-94 £290 £397
Branaire Ducru 90-92 £410 92-95 £465 £415 91-93 £290 £356
La Croix Ducru Beaucaillou 90-92 £372 92-93 £420 £365 92-93 £230 £305
Lagrange 90-91 £370 92-94 £420 £365 91-92 £240 £292
Gloria 89-91 £315 91-92 £360 £314 91-92 £205 £240

Léoville Barton is a 2017 to watch, and Poyferré too if the prices are right. Beychevelle is a hugely popular ‘brand’ and the 2017, at £650, is the cheapest vintage on the market. Langoa Barton, Clos du Marquis, Saint Pierre, Branaire Ducru and Lagrange are not unreasonably priced though there are drinking values in the back vintages of these wines around £300-£400 – and Gloria too, for less.

Saint-Estèphe

Vintage 2017 2016 2014
EP = En Primeur
Prices by Liv-ex
GQ score EP UK GQ score EP UK Market price GQ score EP UK Market price
Cos d’Estournel 94-95 £1,308 96-98 £1,400 £1,426 94-96 £825 £980
Montrose 93-95 £1,180 97-100 £1,212 £1,400 93-95 £850 £1,000
Calon Ségur 93-94 £738 94-96 £750 £936 92-93 £420 £800
Phelan Ségur 91-92 £360 91-93 £340 £340 88-90 £225 £247
Les Pagodes de Cos 90-92 £360 91-93 £385 £335 90-91 £260 £320
Lafon Rochet 90-91 £408 91-93? £408 £352 90-92 £220 £263
Meyney 90-91 £227 90-92+ £240 £217 89-91 £160 £198
La Dame de Montrose 89-91 £324 93-94 £312 £277 90-91 £210 £248
Cos Labory 89-91 £240 90-92 £310 £277 90-91 £195 £214
Les Ormes de Pez 89-90 £225 90-91+ £250 £240 88-90 £160 £175
Capbern 88-90 £174 89-90+ £170 £156 88-90 £110 £160

Montrose made one of my favourite 2016s and the 2017 will be expensive by comparison. Calon Ségur is a darling of the trade, giving consistent ‘returns’ to investors. Back vintages of Lafon Rochet, La Dame de Montrose, Phelan Ségur, Meyney, Cos Labory, Ormes de Pez and Capbern offer plenty of value (for drinking) at £150-£300 a case in bond.

Margaux

Vintage 2017 2016 2014
EP = En Primeur
Prices by Liv-ex
GQ score EP UK GQ score EP UK Market price GQ score EP UK Market price
Château Margaux 95-97 £4,320 95-97 £5,180 £5,184 95-96 £2,320 £3,644
Palmer 95-96 £2,350 96-98 £2,880 £2,731 94-96 £1,500 £1,823
Pavillon Rouge Château Margaux 93-94 £1,620 92-94 £1,380 £1,586 92-93 £756 £1,749
Rauzan Ségla 92-94 £638 94-96 £700 £730 93-94 £375 £550
Alter Ego de Palmer 92-93 £585 92-94 £560 £560 91-93 £370 £504
d’Issan 92-93 £515 93-95 £570 £491 91-93 £295 £398
Brane Cantenac 91-93 £630 93-94 £630 £606 91-93 £310 £440
Giscours 90-92 £510 92-93 £540 £466 91-92 £270 £390
Malescot St Exupéry 90-92 £430 93-95 £500 £486 92-93 £290 £375
Kirwan 90-92 £380 91-93 £378 £330 90-91 £240 £282
Marquis d’Alesme 90-92 £324 £340 £340 £345 90-91 £228 £292
Labégorce 90-92 £212 91-92 £240 £245 89-91 £156 £227
Cantenac Brown 90-91 £474 92-93 £474 £409 91-92 £250 £335
Lascombes 89-91 £600 93-94 £650 £604 91-92 £410 £540
Prieuré Lichine 89-91 £330 92-93 £350 £314 90-91 £220 £283
Durfort Vivens 88-90 £460 89-90? £470 £487 90-92 £250 £419
Rauzan Gassies 88-90 £440 90-91 £440 £409 87-89 £245 £415
Marquis de Terme 88-90 £370 90-92+ £360 £327 90-92 £225 £304
Ferrière 88-90 £360 89-91 £350 £348 89-91 £200 £250
du Tertre 88-90 £348 91-92 £348 £308 88-91 £200 £308
Monbrison 88-90 £265 89-91 £280 £261 83-85 £155 £183
Siran 88-90 £228 89-91 £240 £214 87-89 £153 £175
Dauzac 87-89 £365 89-91 £360 £327 88-91 £220 £293

My scores for these wines are quite closely aligned for 2017 and 2014, so a direct comparison on price can give an idea of relative value. Prices of the 2014s have gone quite a bit on the whole, in part due to the exchange rate shift. Again, the value of certain ‘brands’ has shot up, such as Pavillon Rouge of Château Margaux – just look at the 2014. Rauzan Ségla is on a roll for quality and price (the 2015 is up from £570 en primeur to £860 now), as is Brane Cantenac and Issan. The 2015s are worth seeking out in Margaux and there’s good value in the back vintages of many of these wines, such as Kirwan and Prieuré Lichine. For drinking value, Labégorce is a solid performer.

Haut Médoc

Vintage 2017 2016 2014
EP = En Primeur
Prices by Liv-ex
GQ score EP UK GQ score EP UK Market price GQ score EP UK Market price
La Lagune 89-90 £378 93-94 £420 £371 92-93 £280 £352
Sociando Mallet 89-90 £267 91-93 £315 £277 89-90 £175 £204
Cantemerle 88-90 £246 90-91 £258 £233 90-91 £170 £200
La Tour Carnet 87-88 £240 90-92 £300 £239 89-90 £170 £267

I’d stick with the 2016s at these prices. Definitely.

Pessac Léognan

Vintage 2017 2016 2014
EP = En Primeur
Prices by Liv-ex
GQ score EP UK GQ score EP UK Market price GQ score EP UK Market price
Haut Brion 95-97 £4,055 94-96 £4,980 £4,818 92-94 £2,320 £3,250
La Mission Haut Brion 95-96 £2,760 93-95 £3,960 £3,832 91-93 £1,420 £1,675
Haut Bailly 94-95 £888 95-96 £996 £980 92-94 £420 £650
Les Carmes Haut Brion 93-94 £672 92-94 £670 £1,160 87-90 £315 £650
Smith Haut Lafitte 93-94 £824 93-95 £920 £883 92-93 £440 £582
Pape Clément 93-94 £760 94-96 £790 £770 92-94 £480 £640
Domaine de Chevalier 93-94 £507 93-94 £648 £554 91-93 £330 £410
Le Clarence de Haut Brion 91-93 £1,200 89-91 £1,200 £1,000 87-89 £530 £1,050
Malartic Lagravière 91-93 £390 92-95 £480 £428 88-91 £255 £314
La Parde de Haut Bailly 91-92 £250 91-93 £260 £250 88-90 £140 £191
La Chapelle de la Mission 90-92 £705 89-91 £770 £692 86-87 £335 £390
Latour Martillac 90-92 £252 90-91 £260 £264 89-91 £180 £210
Olivier 89-90 £250 90-92 £250 £253 87-89 £165 £176
Picque Caillou 88-90 £162 87-88 £157 £138 86-88 £120 £120

A potentially difficult appellation because some estates were badly hit by frost while the top wines (93-94 and above) did well in 2017. They are likely to be expensive. Values in back vintages for Domaine de Chevalier, Malartic Lagravière, Latour Martillac and La Parde Haut Bailly, among others.

Pomerol

Vintage 2017 2016 2014
EP = En Primeur
Prices by Liv-ex
GQ score EP UK GQ score EP UK Market price GQ score EP UK Market price
Petrus 95-97 TBC 97-100 £22,000 £33,256 94-96 £13,620 £23,143
Lafleur 95-97 £5,340 97-99 £5,160 £8,700 95-96 £3,480 £5,600
Le Pin 95-96 £19,000 97-99 £22,200 £29,998 94-96 £10,500 £20,500
L’Eglise Clinet 94-96 £2,064 94-96 £2,740 £2,599 94-96 £1,300 £1,300
Vieux Château Certan 94-96 £2,064 97-99 £2,300 £2,141 94-95 £990 £1,425
La Fleur Petrus 94-95 £1,790 94-96 £1,900 £1,850 93-94 £1,000 £1,454
Trotanoy 93-95 £2,100 94-96 £2,600 £2,230 93-94 £1,440 £1,616
Hosanna 93-94 £1,080 93-95 £1,080 £1,250 93-95 £720 £837
Les Pensées de Lafleur 93-94 £1,440 94-95 £1,102 £1,338 91-93 £720 £1,102
La Conseillante 92-94 £1,476 94-95 £1,860 £1,668 93-95 £640 £830
Vray Croix De Gay 92-94 £560 93-94 £500 £530 91-93 £340 £394
Clinet 92-93 £690 93-95 £864 £846 91-93 £430 £536
L’Evangile 91-93 £2090 94-96 £2,125 £2,026 93-94 £880 £1,020
Gazin 91-93  £710 91-93 £720 £687 89-91 £385 £500
Petit Village 91-93 £650 92-93 £650 £616 88-90 £415 £441
Nenin 91-93 £580 93-95 £590 £519 87-89 £260 £303
La Petite Eglise 91-92+ £330 91-93 £350 £348 90-92 £220 £220
Certan de May 91-92 £950 90-93 £1,060 £880 90-91 £590 £570
Rouget 90-92 £375 90-93 £400 £384 92-93 £235 £252
La Croix de Gay 90-91 £280 91-92 £339 £339 Retaste £185 £239
Latour à Pomerol 89-91 £790 91-93 £850 £704 90-92 £590 £600
Bon Pasteur 89-91 £630 90-92 £620 £636 89-91 £400 £440
Beauregard 89-91 £516 91-92 £564 £561 88-89 £245 £262
Lagrange à Pomerol 89-90 £325 90-91 £345 £396 £271

Viewed like this, what an extraordinary list of wines. From the sublime to the, well, quite a lot cheaper. By the way, if you were not aware, these Pomerols are made in much, much smaller volumes than their counterparts on the left bank in Pauillac, St-Estèphe, St-Julien and Margaux. So the scarcity factor kicks in. Relative values in back vintages of Clinet, Gazin, Petite Eglise (of Eglise Clinet), Beauregard, Croix de Gay, Vray Croix de Gay, Rouget and La Pointe (frosted in 2017).

Saint-Emilion

Vintage 2017 2016 2014
EP = En Primeur
Prices by Liv-ex
GQ score EP UK GQ score EP UK Market price GQ score EP UK Market price
Ausone 95-97 £5,650 96-98 £7,250 £7,764 95-96 £3,430 £5,200
Angelus 94-96 £3,360 96-98 £3,576 £3,304 93-95 £1,700 £2,338
La Mondotte 94-95 £1,450 95-96 £2,250 £2,141 93-95 £1,050 £1,154
Cheval Blanc 93-95 £5,300 96-98+ £6,400 £5,793 95-96 £3,400 £3,677
Pavie 93-95 £3,360 96-98 £3,588 £3,256 94-96 £1,700 £2,068
Figeac 93-95 £1,476 96-97 £1,860 £1,785 93-95 £575 £969
Belair Monange 93-95 £1,180 93-95 £1,200 £1,320 92-94 £790 £790
Le Dôme 93-95 £1,250 94-96 £1,200 £1,233 92-95 £690 £690
Beauséjour Duffau 93-95 £940 94-96 £1,026 £936 93-95 £525 £580
Beau-Séjour Becot 93-94 £500 92-94 £624 £600 89-91 £325 £393
Troplong Mondot 92-95 £864 95-97 £1,200 £1,070 93-95 £590 £604
Canon 92-94 £810 93-94 £875 £1,450 90-91 £375 £640
Chapelle d’Ausone 92-94 £1,650 95-95 £1,700 £1,750 92-94 £1,000 £1,247
Bellevue Mondotte 92-94 £1,296 93-95 £1,350 £1,308 91-92 £950 £1,006
Clos Fourtet 92-94 £882 94-96 £1,010 £869 91-93 £490 £773
La Clotte 92-94 £560 90-93 £570 £530 90-92 £320 £431
Péby Faugères 92-93 £1,170 92-94 £1,460 £1,365 87-89 £645 £693
Canon La Gaffelère 92-93 £650 95-96 £775 £692 93-95 £400 £576
Larcis Ducasse 92-93 £588 94-95 £642 £554 92-94 £350 £410
La Gaffelière 92-93 £570 92-94 £540 £493 89-92 £325 £429
Les Astéries 91-93 £850 92-94 £974 91-93 £591
Le Carré 91-93 £576 91-93 £648 89-91 £430
Vieux Château Mazerat 91-93 £750 92-94 £750 £780 91-93 £490 £600
Pavie Macquin 91-93 £632 94-96 £720 £617 91-93 £400 £461
Le Prieuré 91-93 £383 91-94 £360 £362 90-91 £225 £252
La Tour Figeac 91-92 £442 92-93 £280 £347 90-92 £220 £270
Bellefont Belcier 91-92 £400 92-93 £300 £296 89-90 NA £246
Pavie Decesse 90-93 £1,092 92-94 £1,100 £1,093 90-92 £760 £818
Le Petit Cheval 90-92 NA 92-94 £1,420 £1,365 91-93 £970 £1,250
Quintus 90-92 £1,070 92-94 £1,120 £750 88-90 £650 £660
Fleur Cardinale 90-92 £390 90-92 £316 £314 91-92 £230 £278
Pressac 90-92 £239 90-93 £230 £206 90-91 £150 £190
Grand Mayne 90-91 £308 92-94 £360 £314 88-91 £210 £272
Fonroque 90-91 £270 90-92 £270 £270 88-90? £150 £157
Sansonnet 90-91 £259 91-93 £270 £241 88-90 NA £199
Les Aromes de Pavie 89-91 £888 91-92 £850 £875 86-87 £575 £600
Trottevieille 89-91 £738 91-93 £700 £700 NA £480 £625
La Dominique 89-91 £492 91-92 £500 £440 90-91 £233 £273
Les Grandes Murailles 89-91 £363 90-92 £440 £434 87-89 £278
Faugères 89-91 £320 90-92 £340 £314 89-91 £210 £226
Soutard 89-91 £360 90-91 £370 £405 88-90 £251
Berliquet 89-91 £368 90-91 £320 £312 89-91 £205 £240
Fonplégade 89-91 £280 90-92 £300 £310 89-90 £230 £220
Quinault l’Enclos 89-91 £265 89-91 £286 £249 88-90 £185 £195
Moulin Saint Georges 89-91 £270 89-91 £280 £276 90-92 £185 £220

Saint-Emilion is a huge appellation, of course, so there’s much to choose from at all sorts of price points. Some excellent wines in 2017, but the 2015s and 2016s were better, so the price comparison is important. Some of these wines, like Fleur Cardinale and La Tour Figeac, were badly hit by the frost and the production is tiny. The majority of the top estates were not damaged, however, and it’s extraordinary to think that while many enjoyed a good harvest, others most definitely did not: in 2017, the Saint-Emilion appellation as a whole was down 54% on the average of the previous three vintages (21hl/ha v 46hl/ha).

Dry whites

Vintage 2017 2016 2014
EP = En Primeur
Prices by Liv-ex
GQ score EP UK GQ score EP UK Market price GQ score EP UK Market price
La Mission Haut Brion Blanc 95-97 £5,650 93-95 £5,450 £5,600 94-96 £4,700 £5,019
Haut Brion Blanc 95-96 £7,300 93-95 £6,900 £6,400 93-95 £5,900 £7,324
Pavillon Blanc 94-95 £1,776 92-94 £1,512 £1,865 93-94 £950 £1,880
Pape Clément Blanc 94-95 £1,200 93-94 £1,185 £1,058 93-94 £850 £926
Smith Haut Lafitte Blanc 93-94 £990 92-93 £860 £863 92-94 £570 £734
La Clarté de Haut Brion 93-94 £630 91-93 £700 £629 90-92 £590 £700
Domaine de Chevalier Blanc 92-94 £820 92-94 £850 £730 91-93 £575 £630
Les Champs Libres 92-94 £516 91-93 £500 £495 91-93 £420 £480
Cos d’Estournel Blanc 92-93 £1,020 92-94 £985 £890 92-94 £500 £790
Aile d’Argent 92-93 £672 92-93 £610 £620 92-93 £480 £660
Lynch Bages Blanc 92-93 £360 92-94 £350 £600 92-94 £245 £660
Malartic Lagravère Blanc 92-93 £500 91-92 £430 £467 90-92 £355 £365
Nardian 91-93 NA 89-91 £0 91-93 £185
Latour Martillac Blanc 91-92 £265 89-90 £275 £267 89-91 £185 £208
Olivier Blanc 89-92 £250 89-91 £240 £214 88-90 £175 £188
Couhins Lurton 89-91 £240 90-92 £240 £255 89-91 £200 £194
Bouscaut Blanc 89-91 £280 91-92 £240 £267 87-89 £200 £253
Picque Caillou Blanc 89-91 £177 88-90 £170 £178 87-89 £140 £129
Clos Floridène Blanc 88-90 £154 89-91 £140 £128 90-92 £126 £125

2017 was an excellent year for the dry whites of Bordeaux. If you can’t stretch to La Mission Haut Brion, there are options, such as Latour Martillac and a host of less expensive whites.

Sauternes

Vintage 2017 2016 2014
EP = En Primeur
Prices by Liv-ex
GQ score EP UK GQ score EP UK Market price GQ score EP UK Market price
Yquem 94-96 NA 94-96 NA £0 95-96 £2,850 £2,576
Suduiraut 93-95 £565 92-94+ £520 £422 93-95 £410 £408
Guiraud 93-95 £388 90-91 £348 £314 92-93 £295 £320
Rieussec 92-94 £496 89-92 £480 £400 93-95 £400 £320
Lafaurie Peyraguey 92-94 £410 90-92 £410 £399 94-95 £340 £252
La Tour Blanche 92-94 £340 92-93+ £320 £289 93-94 £260 £311
Sigalas Rabaud 92-94 £295 92-94+ £295 £289 93-95 £275 £290
Rayne Vigneau 91-93 £360 90-91 £328 £362 92-94 £255 £277
Doisy Daëne 91-93 £320 91-93 £300 £300 93-94 £260 £141
Coutet 91-93 £340 91-93 £318 £320 94-95 £230 £258
Clos Haut Peyraguey 91-93 £295 89-90 £280 £251 92-94 £220 £239
Rabaud Promis 91-92 £247 87-89 £250 £282 92-94 NA £350
Doisy Védrines 90-91 £320 89-91 £275 £246 90-92 £220 £220

Sadly no wine from Château Climens in 2017, as Barsac was hit quite badly by the frost. Other than the frost in parts, it was another good year for Sauternes – like 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2007…

My top 20

Chateau Appelation Classification Drinking window GQ score
Petrus Pomerol Not classified 2026-2045 95-97
Lafleur Pomerol Not classified 2025-2045 95-97
Ausone Saint Emilion 1er Grand Cru Classé A 2028-2048 95-97
Latour Pauillac 1er Cru Classé 2027-2050 95-97
Lafite Rothschild Pauillac 1er Cru Classé 2027-2047 95-97
Margaux Margaux 1er Cru Classé 2027-2045 95-97
Haut Brion Pessac Léognan 1er Cru Classé 2027-2050 95-97
La Mission Haut Brion Blanc Pessac Léognan Not classified 2021-2037 95-97
Le Pin Pomerol Not classified 2025-2040 95-96
Haut Brion Blanc Pessac Léognan Not classified 2022-2035 95-96
La Mission Haut Brion Pessac Léognan Cru Classé 2024-2042 95-96
Palmer Margaux 3ème Cru Classé 2024-2040 95-96
L’Eglise Clinet Pomerol Not classified 2025-2045 94-96
Vieux Château Certan Pomerol Not classified 2026-2043 94-96
Angelus Saint Emilion 1er Grand Cru Classé A 2025-2043 94-96
Léoville Barton Saint Julien 2ème Cru Classé 2027-2045 94-96
Léoville Las Cases Saint Julien 2ème Cru Classé 2027-2045 94-96
Mouton Rothschild Pauillac 1er Cru Classé 2027-2047 94-96
Pichon Baron Pauillac 2ème Cru Classé 2026-2047 94-96
Pontet Canet Pauillac 5ème Cru Classé 2024-2045 94-96
Yquem Sauternes 1er Cru Supérieur 2024-2040 94-96

 

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