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RHW 2017 Bordeaux Futures Offer

2018-07-04

After the monumental 2015 and 2016 Vintages, we have been spoiled with an abundance of great wine from Bordeaux over the last few years. The 2017 vintage continued this trend in quality, but a disastrous frost in April limited the production of the vintage by up to 90% in some regions, making it the smallest crop in decades. The overall quality of the vintage will slot between 2014 and 2015. Many regions produced wines that will rival 2015 and 2016. Unfortunately, some regions were not able to recover from the frosts and the wines that were produced did not meet our standards.

Read our full vintage report at the bottom of this page

Bordeaux futures can be reserved by emailing shiraz@richmondhillwines.com. Payment can be made in store with Visa, MC, Debit, Cash or Cheque (or by phone with Visa or MC). Payment must be made in full by August 31st, 2018.

Bordeaux Futures purchased in 2018 will be available for pickup in June 2020

Prices include GST
Wines are sold in 3 bottle Lots

RP = The Wine Advocate (Robert Parker)
V = Vinous
2017 RHW Bordeaux Futures Offer
Wine Lot Price (Bottle Price) RP Vinous
       
Haut-Medoc, Moulis, Castillon, Cotes-de-Bourg
       
Chateau l'Aurage, Cotes de Castillon $168 -3 bottles ($56 per bottle) 88-90 88-90
Domaine de Cambes, Bordeaux AOC $219 ($73) 88-90 89-92
Roc de Cambes, Cotes de Bourg $267 ($89) 90-93 91-93
Dutruch Grand Poujeaux, Moulis-en-Medoc $99 ($33) 87-89
Chateau Belgrave, Haut-Medoc $168 ($56) 88-90
       
Saint Estephe
       
Chateau Calon-Segur $435 ($145) 92-94 92-94
Chateau Le Boscq $147 ($49) 91-93
Chateau Lafon-Rochet $228 ($76) 91-93
Chateau Montrose $681 ($227) 96-99 94-96
Chateau Ormes de Pez $159 ($53) 91-93
Chateau Phelan-Segur $225 ($75) 90-93
       
Pauillac
       
Chateau Grand Puy Lacoste $387 ($129) 91-93
Chateau Lynch-Bages $531 ($177) 92-95
Chateau Lafite Rothschild $2,685 ($895) 97-99 95-97
Chateau Mouton Rothschild $2,235 ($745) 97-99 94-96
Chateau Pedesclaux $222 ($74) 89-91 90-92
Chateau Pichon Baron $681 ($227) 95-97 93-96
Chateau Pichon Lalande $636 ($212) 94-96 93-95
Chateau Pontet Canet $567 ($189) 96-98 92-95
       
St. Julien
       
Chateau Beychevelle $387 ($129) 90-92 92-95
Chateau Branaire Ducru $255 ($85) 91-94
Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou $843 ($281) 95-97+ 93-96
Chateau Gruaud Larose $375 ($125) 90-92
Chateau Lagrange $228 ($76) 89-92
Chateau Leoville Barton $387 ($129) 91-93+ 93-96
Chateau Leoville Las Cases - SOLD OUT $1,014 ($338) 96-98 94-97
Chateau Leoville Poyferre $396 ($132) 93-95 92-95
Chateau Saint Pierre $288 ($96) 91-93 92-95
       
Margaux
       
Chateau Brane Cantenac $345 ($115) 91-93
Chateau Giscours $309 ($103) 90-92 90-93+
Chateau Malescot St. Exupery $264 ($88) 91-93 91-93
Chateau Margaux $2,235 ($745) 96-98 94-97
Chateau Palmer $1,341 ($447) 96-98 93-96
Chateau Rauzan-Segla $387 ($129) 94-96 92-94
       
Pessac-Leognan/Graves
       
Chateau Les Carmes Haut Brion $396 ($132) 91-93+ 93-96
Domaine de Chevalier Rouge $321 ($107) 93-95+ 92-94
Chateau Haut-Bailly $510 ($170) 94-96 93-96
Chateau Haut Brion $2,235 ($745) 95-97 94-96
Chateau La Garde $114 ($38) 86-88
Chateau Latour-Martillac $189 ($63) 91-94
Chateau Larrivet Haut Brion $195 ($64) 93-96
Chateau Pape Clement $444 ($148) 92-94 94-97
Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte $483 ($161) 94-96 94-97
       
Pomerol
       
Chateau Clinet $405 ($135) 92-94 92-94
Clos L’Eglise $405 ($135) 90-92 92-95
Chateau La Conseillante $843 ($281) 95-97 94-97
Chateau Croix de Gay $186 ($62) 88-90
Chateau Rouget $231 ($77) 89-91 92-95
Vieux Chateau Certan $1,170 ($390) 96-98 95-98
       
St. Emilion
       
Chateau Beau Sejour Becot $306 ($102) 92-94 91-94
Chateau Beausejour Duffau-Lagarrosse $537 ($179) 94-96
Chateau Berlisquet $228 ($76) 91-93
Chateau Canon $489 ($163) 94-96 93-96
Clos Fourtet $516 ($172) 92-94 92-94
Chateau La Clotte $378 ($126) 92-94
Chateau Figeac $843 ($281) 94-96 94-97
Chateau La Gaffeliere - SOLD OUT $345 ($115) 95-97+ 94-97
Chateau Grand Mayne $201 ($67) 89-91+ 90-92
Chateau Larcis Ducasse $351 ($117) 92-94 92-95
Chateau Pavie MacQuin $387 ($129) 95-97 93-96
Chateau Le Terte Roteboeuf $804 ($268) 96-98 93-96
Chateau Troplong Mondot $516 ($172) 95-97 95-98
Chateau Ausone $2,985 ($995) 97-99 95-98
       
White Wine
       
Chateau La Garde Blanc, Pessac-Leognan $132 ($44) 89-91
Chateau Lynch Bages Blanc, Pauillac $255 ($85) 92
       

RHW 2017 Vintage Report

When preparing for our recent trip to Bordeaux to taste barrel samples of the 2017 wines, we were bracing for what can only be described as a “difficult” vintage. We had read the reports of spring frosts that destroyed 40% of the harvest – the worst frost Bordeaux has seen since the devastating 1991 vintage. We were concerned that quality might be inconsistent, which made it much more important for us to taste the wines firsthand and speak directly with the winemakers to hear their side of the story.

The 2017 vintage began with a drought that stretched from the end of 2016 to the early months of 2017. An extremely warm March (the hottest since 1957) lead to early bud burst, which created the perfect storm for the deadly frosts that hit on April 20th, 27th and 28th. The vines had advanced enough in their growing cycle that the frosts were able to do major damage. The frosts were most devastating on the right bank and in vineyards that did not have a close proximity to the rivers. Parts of St. Emilion, Entre-deux-Mers, Pessac-Leognan and Haut-Medoc were the hardest hit, with losses of up to 90%. St. Estephe, Pauillac and St. Julien vineyards that faced the riverbank were relatively unscathed. Vineyards on the plateaus in St. Emilion and Pomerol were almost completely untouched.

Although the frost is certainly the key story of the 2017 vintage, most of the top estates were not affected. After the frosts hit in April, the vintage was quite normal for the remainder of the year. The summer was warm, with a few heat spells that sped up ripening. Veraison (colour change) was 10-15 days early on average due to the early bud burst, and harvest for red grapes began in early September. The weather during harvest did not cause any problems other than a few small rain events in September.

The important thing to note is that although the frosts greatly reduced the amount of wine that was produced, the overall quality of the vintage was strong. 2017 will slot between 2014 and 2015 for overall quality over the last 7 years, and the best wines will rival some of the top 2015 wines. The key characteristics of the wines are elegance, freshness and brightness. 2017 will be an early maturing vintage, with wines typically requiring only 3-4 years of cellar time. They can then be enjoyed over the following 10-15 years (or more for the top wines).

We were very selective with our purchasing this year, and our offer reflects this. Although the lower prices made some wines more appealing, our focus was on quality. You may not see some Chateaux that we have typically offered in the past, and this is because we did not feel they produced a wine that was worth your (or our) investment. Our highlights from the left bank were Ducru-Beaucaillou, Calon-Segur, Leoville Barton, Chateau Dutruch Grand Poujeaux and Domaine de Chevalier. From the right bank, we were very impressed with the overall quality. The standouts were Troplong Mondot, Canon, Clinet, La Clotte, Pavie Macquin and Tertre Roteboeuf.

Dave Osbaldiston’s favourite wine of the vintage was Tertre Roteboeuf, and his top value was Domaine de Chevalier.

Devan Decksheimer's top wine of the vintage was Troplong-Mondot, and his favourite value was Roc de Cambes, which is the second estate of Chateau le Tertre Roteboeuf.