Dear Bordeaux lover,
The Wine Cellar team didn’t visit Bordeaux primeur this year but we have been following the vintage avidly. 2017 had the lowest yields across Europe in modern day history. The quality is, however, high and we are excited to begin our 16th en-primeur campaign. The 2015 primeurs will land in June this year.
Read our full overview in order to make the best buying decision. We have listed the estimated prices for all of our most-favoured Bordeaux wines. As always, we ask you to send through your requests as soon as possible. Demand for the top wines exceeds supply and Wine Cellar will only hold limited stocks after the campaign.
Château Palmer is out the block extremely early and at a 20% price reduction from last year. The rhythm of Bordeaux en-primeur is changing as the release prices are no-longer hinged on the score of one publication or critic. The days of Robert Parker and his Wine Advocate are essentially over and the top wines are confident in their own quality judgement. No other region focuses on quality on this scale.
Palmer is one of Bordeaux’s leading château and has, once again, produced a velvety, classically styled, long-ageing beauty. It is one of Suckling’s top wines at 97-98 points but he is known to score on the high side. It is a lot cheaper than a 2015 or 2016 and a touch more expensive than the Suckling 95-point 2014. Alter Ego de Palmer continues to be one of Bordeaux’s leading second wines.
- Prices are quoted as Rand/bottle
- En-primeur wines will be out for delivery in 2020
- VAT and delivery charges payable
- Minimum 6-bottle order per wine
- JR: Jancis Robinson, WS: Wine Spectator, Dec: Decanter, NM: Neal Martin, WA: Wine Advocate, TA: Tim Atkin MW, JS: James Suckling
- See our terms and conditions
Bordeaux 2017 talking points:
- A concentrated, classically styled, long-term vintage from dry growing conditions, comparable to 2012.
- Variable quantities due to the frosts and less made available to the market.
- Top châteaux have made brilliant wines.
- Robert Parker has no more say in primeur and the châteaux set prices according to a basket of critics.
- Buying 2017 en-primeur is a speculative purchase and if price reductions are not significant, the wines are unlikely to appreciate in the short term.
Email Roland@winecellar.co.za to place your order
Palmer, Margaux 2017 – R 3,571
This is a sexy and well-formed 2017 with very velvety and suave tannins that go on for minutes. Full-bodied, soft and round. Extremely long and last for minutes. – James Suckling, 97-98
This is solidly ripe, with juicy energy adding extra lift to the mix of plum, cherry and blackberry fruit. A super-fresh iron streak checks in, along with mouthwatering bay and savory notes. This stands out from the pack. – Wine Spectator, 92-95
Alter Ego de Palmer, Margaux 2017 – R 893
This shows excellent body and depth of fruit. Rich and very deep. Layered and flavorful. Solid and chewy. Serious second wine. – James Suckling, 92-93
Lively, featuring lots of lavender and savory hints mixed with black cherry and plum flavors. Shows a light bramble note. Open-knit, with juicy energy on the finish. – Wine Spectator, 89-92