En Primeurs 2017 : Journalists published their scores about the wines they tasted in April.

Primeurs 2017 : the beginning of a new era ?

Since recent months, it has not been uncommon to hear from some people that the market of the primeurs got out of the “Parker dependence”, for the greater good of wine trade and wine producers. Still, it is important to remember that Robert Parker has been an active contributor to the global success of this distribution system, giving a clear and honest reference for all consumers.

However, for two years now, the great guru of the 100 points sees his influence redistributed between his Journal (Wine Advocate-Guide Parker), his old students (Neal Martin, Antonio Galloni, Jeb Dunnuck) and the others who knew him very well for many years (James Molesworth, James Suckling, Jane Anson, Jancis Robinson …). Thus, this aggregate still remains an effective decision-making tool for the buyer but also for the end consumer. Lisa Perrotti Brown (Wine Advocate), Neal Martin and Antonio Galloni closed the ballet of the Primeurs ratings. A little summary is needed!

Primeurs 2017 : an homogeneous verdict

First of all, the style & the quality of the reports are increasing strongly. It has become a pleasure to read the comments of each wine, bringing a real added value to the raw score and often additional information. Then, we can see this honesty in the tastings. The scores do not hesitate to reflect the opinions of the journalists. Finally, few castles made it this year to the supreme score. Château Cos d’Estournel succeeds in doing so for 2 years in a row. 97 / 100pts for the Parker guide in 2016 with Neal Martin and in 2017 with Lisa Perrotti Brown: some great Cos !!!!!

Finally, all these scores confirm that 2017 is a very great year of whites, that the great terroirs have nicely responded and especially that the campaign “is On”.

Primeurs 2017 : what happenned since 3 weeks ?

In early May, it was finally the beginning of the Grands Crus Classés releases ! And among them, great successes with the arrival of the long-awaited Saint-Julien Château Langoa Barton, the magnificent Château Marquis d’Alesme (Merlots to fall), the classic Château Lynch Moussas (certainly the most affordable 5th Classified Growth of Pauillac) or the remarkable Château Branaire Ducru. In addition, prices follow, with a fair and appreciable repositioning. No complaints !

Bernard Magrez also releases the rest of his wines with a Château Pape Clément which hits the top of the rankings of the journalists, who surprises in terms of quantities marketed and offers a relative price decrease. So, as always for the only man with the 4 Grands Crus Classés of Bordeaux, it was a huge success.

Then, there were wine releases, certainly, less requested, but not to neglect! This is so for one of the best value for money Rive Droite : Le Château Barde-Haut. A great wine produced by the duo Hélène Garcin and Patrice Lévêque. And here again; what enhancement of the terroir ! Closing these three days, come finally what we can consider as classics, as a of a good father placement. These are the Château Sociando Mallet and Les Ormes de Pez! Finally, we find for the first year Château Dauzac certified 100% …. Vegan!

In short, these last days made it possible to verify that the repositioning between 2014 and 2015 is justified seeing the comments of the Press and the Trade. But also that demand can respond positively when the wine has the necessary arguments.

Now, all the suspense remains on the next releases… before or after Vinexpo Hong Kong? We will see that in the weeks that follow for a new report and in the meantime, do not hesitate to contact us at sales@bordeaux-tradition.com to receive an offer on our Primeurs 2017.


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