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Bordeaux '17 First Growths Still Available in London as Buyers Show Reticence

June 28, 2018

Bordeaux 2017 first-growth wines were still being offered on the London market this week in a sign of some buyer reticence after a sales campaign in which the vintage won acclaim for quality while attracting criticism for its pricing relative to available back vintages.


Vineyards at Chateau Mouton-Rothschild. Photo: Guy Collins

Justerini & Brooks e-mailed clients offering six-bottle cases of Chateau Lafite-Rothschild, Chateau Mouton-Rothschild and Chateau Margaux, while similar cases of Chateau Haut-Brion Blanc were also available, according to the broker.

The 2017 vintage was overshadowed by the worst frost to hit Bordeaux in a quarter century, although the many vineyards which escaped damage went on to enjoy favorable growing conditions for the rest of the season. Damage was mainly concentrated on vines in areas of Saint Emilion and Pomerol on the right bank, Pessac-Leognan south of the city and Margaux to the north. Top quality vineyards close to the Gironde estuary escaped untouched. 

``We cannot remember a campaign where the perception of a vintage has diverged so much from the reality,'' Justerini wrote in its note. While 2015 and 2016 are widely recognized as superior vintages,``it would seem that the general assessment from collectors is that 2017 is a 2014 minus, when it is clear to us, the press, our competitors and the Bordelais that this vintage is a big step up on the very tasty 2014s.'' 

Lafite was offered by Justerini at 2,490 pounds ($3,256) for a case of six bottles in bond, while Margaux and Mouton were on sale at 2,160 pounds for the same quantities, according to Justerini's email. Haut-Brion Blanc was priced at 3,525 pounds for a case of six, while Petit Mouton, the second wine of Mouton, was on sale for 950 pounds for six.

Other producers which Justerini said were still available included Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande at 558 pounds for six bottles, Chateau Lynch Bages at 442.50 pounds for six, Chateau Canon at 405 pounds for six and Chateau Rauzan Segla and Chateau Beychevelle, both at 325 pounds for six.


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