Over the coming weeks, various key Châteaux will start to release their 2017 wines into the market, for the first time, in what is often a very frenetic period in the wine calendar. Often recognised as the best opportunity to secure the grandest, most scarce, wines and in most cases at their very best pricing; by signing up to receive regular campaign updates from Mr.Wheeler you can rest assured that you will remain fully immersed with news, releases and updates.
Bordeaux 2017En Primeur
Today sees the release of one of the most sought-after wines of the Médoc, Château Lynch-Bages. For lovers of alliteration, this is the original “Flying Fifth”; an estate taken to much greater heights than its original 1855 classification by the consistent care and expertise of the Cazes family. Indeed quality-wise, this Château is on a par with most second growths year in, year out.
The 2017 is no exception to the rule. It is graced by the same freshness, energy and lifted aromatics that were the hallmark of the vintage, and the structure is classic Pauillac – firm, fine-grained tannins and pitch-perfect balance with a long finish.
It was one of the highlights of the Pauillac tasting for us, and with a price 22% down on the 2016 release and 12 % down on the current market price for the 2015, it looks very good (relative) value so we can wholeheartedly recommend this.
The star St Julien’s keep on coming, with Hubert Delon’s sensational 2017 Clos du Marquis introducing itself to the market for the first time.
So long considered the second wine of Leoville-Las-Cases, however, Clos du Marquis is nothing of the sort – a single vineyard wine for the past 80+ years it now even has its own second label; “Le Petit Marquis”. The fact that the world always considered Clos du Marquis as Leoville-Las-Cases’ baby brother speaks volumes for the inherent quality the wine exudes. In 2017 it was a showstopper, with more intensity and extravagance than any of the other Delon wines. Where linearity and precision led the charge throughout the portfolio, here too was a playful, opulent expression of St Julien and I for one would place this highly on my “value wines of the vintage” leaderboard.
The 2017 Clos du Marquis really is a sensational release and comes very highly recommended by the Mr.Wheeler team.
Hot off the press, the latest release out of Bordeaux focuses on the stunning Domaine de Chevalier in Pessac-Leognan. Another estate with exceptional history and pedigree, in 2017 they have provided one of the region’s most compelling combined efforts in both their red and white wines.
Proving a huge success with the critics, Jeb Dunnuck commenting that “"The 2017 Domaine de Chevalier Rouge is going to be up with the crème de la crème of the vintage” and James Suckling noting that of the Domaine de Chevalier Blanc “is a dense and beautiful DC with serious density and a fabulous layering of fruit”.
Certainly an exceptional pair of wines, it goes without saying that allocations will be extremely small this year. Do let us know if you would like us to secure a case or two of these stunning wines.
Following a period of relative silence emanating from the region, Mr.Wheeler are proud to announce their first brace of Classed Growth releases from the 2017 Bordeaux En Primeur campaign - Château Talbot and Château Beychevelle.
Super St Julien's by any stretch, in 2017 they both performed admirably and are offered into the market with a discount on last year’s releases. Château Talbot in fact, reflecting a reduction of over 10%! Château Talbot has become a huge favourite amongst UK wine drinkers and when combined with its perpetual over-achievements in recent vintages, pitches well above it’s lowly 4th Growth Status.
Château Beychevelle, too, with it’s huge following in Asia is released at a most affordable level, the quality on show in the bottle as intense and richly fruited as the Talbot, with lots of black cherry and cassis flavours and a plushness and confidence that St Julien seemed to exude in the vintage.
With the mighty red wines of 2017 Bordeaux on the cusp of releasing to the world market, Mr.Wheeler offers you an opportunity to invest in one of the great dry white wines produced in the region during this wonderful vintage.
With so much talk of 2017 as a vintage currently around the trade, you can be forgiven for thinking that Bordeaux is an exclusively red wine region, however, 2017 also proved a stunning vintage for the dry white wines of the Medoc. Clos des Lunes, composed of 70% Semillon and 30% Sauvignon Blanc, is one such success.
Under the ownership of none other than the prestigious Domaine de Chevalier in Pessac-Leognan yet actually positioned within the Sauternes region of Bordeaux, the sheer pedigree in the glass is impossible to ignore.
Today sees 2017 Bordeaux’s first major release. Château Palmer, a perpetual over-achiever in the commune of Margaux really has hit great form this vintage. Barely touched by the well documented April frosts which caused so much damage across the region, the Château has turned out two masterful efforts in the form of the Grand Vin, together with the brilliant “Second Wine” Alter Ego de Palmer.
Essentially a vineyard block cuvee, Alter Ego was one of my top wines of 2017 in both a qualitative as well as value sense. The price for Château Palmer itself reflects a 20% reduction on the 2016 vintage released last year; this for a wine rated by James Suckling as the joint top performing estate in the commune could prove to be an astute purchase so early in the 2017 campaign.
Day three of my 2017 Bordeaux tastings was met with a bright and sunny start as we escaped Bordeaux city for the rolling hillside of the region’s Right Bank. St Emilion and Pomerol lay in wait and most importantly for my palate, a break in play from the tannic impact of young Cabernet Sauvignon led wines...
Day two in Bordeaux’s Left Bank and our attention turned to the classic communes of St Julien, Margaux and Pauillac. Pessac-Leognan had already provided a delicious range of wines, where the very best examples displayed delicious candied notions of redcurrant...
Following the excellent preceding twin vintages of 2015 and 2016, it was never going to be the easiest task for 2017 Bordeaux to fire the imagination of buyers. Quality across those two vintages had been brilliantly received by critics and private customers alike. Many wines ticked all the boxes for both high quality drinkability...