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After the many recent difficult years Burgundy growers have had to put up with, at last a vintage of good quantity and quality to save the day for most producers. Worldwide demand for Burgundy has been growing but unfortunately there hasn’t been enough wine to satisfy it. The recently released 2017’s along with the 2018’s on the horizon for next year, should make Burgundy fans happy at last.
The growing season was not as challenging as in 2016 but was not without its issues as ever. A relatively mild winter and early Spring brought about an early bud-break and development which caused much anxiety with vignerons, as memories of the previous year’s devastating frosts were fresh in their minds. There was a very cold snap during April when many growers and farmers along the Cote d’Or lit up bales of hay. The smoke then circulated to create a protective layer to prevent young vine shoots being burnt by the morning sun. Not everywhere escaped however, as 10 days of sustained frost in Chablis on the right bank of the river, where the Grand Crus and some Premier Crus are sited, had the harvest reduced by as much as 50% in certain Crus. In the Cotes D’Or unfortunately St Aubin was badly hit as well, where Hubert Lamy lost about 50% of his crop and ended up producing less than the low yields of 2016. Some of the Puligny and Chassagne vineyards didn’t recover sufficiently from the previous year and they also suffered reduced yields.
Once the threat of frost was over the vines had a successful flowering season which was enhanced with fine warm weather through the summer that brought with it the prospect of a bumper harvest. This is when the vignerons had to step in to avoid over cropping with careful vineyard management and green harvesting to control the yields for fear of ending up with wines too dilute.
It was a very successful outcome for the white wines, which have the richness and ripe fruit of the 2015’s with the vigour and tension of the 2014’s. Overall it is one of the most complete of vintages for the whites for many years as they will drink well in youth while having the structure to age impressively.
The red harvest was certainly more bountiful than the white and much needed with many growers. Nathalie Tollot said it was their first normal sized crop since 2009. It is a vintage that should please the purest of Burgundy drinkers. The style of the vintage is less concentrated than the 2015’s and 2016’s. Many growers see 2017 as a classic vintage which underlines the true charm and elegance of Burgundy, they are ripe and succulent beautifully expressive of their terroir with silky tannins and vibrant acidity which makes them so attractive for early drinking with medium term ageing. This is a vintage to enjoy young while you wait for the 2016’s and 2015’s to mature and avoid the temptation of drinking them too young.
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Our 2017 view on the vintage
While 2017 may not have the professed perfection of ’15 or succulent strength of ’16, it is by all accounts a good vintage for a large proportion of Châteaux. Unlike the relatively ‘easy’ vintages of 2015 and 2016; 2017 demanded much effort in the vineyard in order to produce a grand vin of the expected quality.
It is important to note that the frosts in late April affected inland areas far worse than those closer to the river or slopes. Pauillac, St Julien and St Estephe were not affected at all. Prolonged harvests seem to have helped with less ripe fruit from the cooler summer; Mouton Rothschild saw harvest extend over four weeks.
The right bank was most severely hit, but those with good aspect and slopes managed to avoid the worst frost. Cheval Blanc lost 1/3 of their crop, specifically the instrumental old vine Cabernet Franc. The wine itself showed no ill effects displaying exemplary fruit and an intricate finesse to the concentrated mid palate.
2017 Vintage conditions
The 2017 frosts can only be compared to the devastating late frosts in 1991. Spring started promisingly with early and successful flowering. For those areas affected by frost however, the precocity of these buds made it harder for the Châteaux to manage the damage. The summer months were cooler than average with June seeing a damp, rainy start.
Autumn, despite some rainfall early in September was generous in length, allowing those hoping to use some second crop fruit a chance to let it ripen. The average daily maximum temperature in 2017 does however outstrip the same measurement for 2016; lending weight to the high scores seen on some of the 2017 wines.
Pricing will be crucial with this vintage. Members of the trade are looking for a reduction in prices of at least 20% to encourage take up of these wines, still sleeping in their oak barrels. One of the first to the post; Château Palmer released early with a decrease of 20% from the 16 vintage. Thanks to this early leap of faith there has been good early trade for this property. This reduction looks generous as more prices are released. 2017 is very much a tasting vintage.
There are surprises and disappointments. We’ve listed some highlights, omitting the obvious ones such as Mouton that could do no wrong this year. Our notes on recommended wines and a longer version of the report can be found on the Tindal blog here. 2017 is a vintage with a crunchy freshness to the wines showing great vivacity and life. Though not as fragrant and open as the 16’s or as succulent and powerful as the 15’s, this vintage has some real stars, ones that are certain to give great pleasure for mid to long-term drinking.
Pavie Macquin – Opulent fruit on the nose, silken tannins, viscosity lends weight to silky ethereal finish.
Troplong Mondot – Distinct raspberry direction on nose, velvet palate with damson and spice.
Figeac – With only 10% Cabernet Franc an unusual vintage. Delightful succulence on the herbal edged fruit. Focussed, supple, not frost slain!
Rouget – Wonderful nose with cassis & prune hints. Precise taut palate, immaculate tannins.
Marquis de Terme – Ethereal, perfumed exotic black fruit nose. Superb lift with succulent finish.
Prieure-Lichine – Spiced blackcurrant generosity on nose. Poised & elegant, lovely fruit expression.
Leoville-Barton – Smokey tobacco brooding nose. Chocolate tinted dense integrated palate. Impressive.
Grand-Puy-Lacoste – Very dark nose stands strong behind perfumed nuances. Firm mid palate
grip compact berried depth, complex.
Lynch-Bages – Nailed it this year. elegant restraint on the nose. Dense palate with lively fruit and taut
Pichon Baron – A quiet nose leading to piquant black fruit notes, sweet, feminine. Great palate expression, seamless tannins. Sleeping beauty.
Pontet Canet – Deep purple core hinting at the intensity of flavour to come. Spicy dark graphite tones lead to liquorice, cassis perfection on the finish. Divinely open, silky.
Our spotlight wines
Montrose – A wonderfully put together wine. Peppered dark fruit lend weight to wave of complexity on palate. Herbal tendencies. Compact, long and evolutionary.
Calon Ségur – Extravagant chocolate spiced blackberry nose. Great weight on palate with angular tannic grip supporting the opulent ripe finish.