Tasting notes of Saint-Emilion 2017 Information on the harvest of all the best wines

Tasting notes of Saint-Emilion 2017 Information on the harvest of all the best wines


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2017 Saint Emilion is a vintage in 4 parts.

At best, you have 2 regions which produced an exceptional wine, not so far from what you found in 2016 and 2015 for some vineyards located on the limestone plateau and in the gravel, near Pomerol. This is part 1 and 2.

Part 3, there are very beautiful and even good 2017 Saint-Emilion wines found in vineyards with limestone and clay soils. Some of these vineyards have suffered varying degrees of frost damage, depending on their terroir.

Part 4 is dark. Far too many vineyards have been decimated by the spring frost. There are many vineyards that have lost 50%, 60%, 70%, 80% and even 90% of their harvest. The worst devastation took place in and around the Corbin area, where several vineyards were completely wiped out and they could not produce 2017 Saint-Emilion wine this year.

Clearly, 2017 Saint Emilion will be remembered as the year of the frost. The nights of April 27 and April 28 reached temperatures below -4 degrees Celsius. The right bank has not suffered as much frost damage since 1991.

The second generation fruits, the grapes that start to grow after frost, have succeeded to varying degrees. The results depended on the vineyard, the terroir and good luck. The problem with these grapes is that if they matured, it was not at the same time as the main harvest, so the berries needed separate vinification. It was a lot of work, especially since the percentage of second generation grapes used is quite low.

Another difficulty or opportunity, depending on the situation, was that the first generation grapes are the product of a drier and cooler growing season and that the second generation grapes received more sun, inheriting the ripening and ripening characteristics. higher alcohol levels, giving you 2 different wine styles. This is where the magic of mixing comes in.

Part of the reason why the frost hit with such ferocity is that it hit right after bud break, when the plants are at their most delicate stage of development. The vineyards that survived the frost were still looking for an early and hopefully successful harvest.

In the middle of May, flowering takes place in good conditions. June was marked by heavy rain and sweltering heat waves which, depending on the soil and the age of the vine, put the vine under tension. By mid-summer, once July was installed, summer weather could be described as moderate. The sky was often cloudy and the temperatures were generally mild.

Veraison, when the grapes change color, started relatively early, with a dry August. The rain of the first half of September was initially welcome after the dry period. Most chateaux harvested Merlot from mid-September to the end of September, and ended with Cabernet Franc the second week of October. For a detailed overview of the weather and crops that shaped the 2017 Bordeaux growing season Bordeaux Vintage and Harvest Report 2017

The ripened fruit offered small grapes with thick skin and a healthy skin / juice ratio. The wines are fresh, but not too much. They offer intense aromatic characteristics, sweet fruit and soft, silky tannins.

The problems come with areas that have extracted too much and used too much oak during the aging period. These approaches were not justified in 2017 because the wines are neither powerful nor dense. They are often elegant and fresh in nature.

The wines offer more character of red fruits and less alcohol than in the more recently announced 2016 and 2015 vintages. Most of the wines from Saint-Emilion 2017 will also offer drinking windows early enough.

The following Saint Emilion 2017 wines were tasted between March 22 and April 12 in Bordeaux in non-blind conditions. I have tasted several on several occasions, and they have all shown consistent results.

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Angélus 2017 – Red berries, forest floor, truffle, mint and smoke make up a bouquet that is enough to hang you on this exceptional creation. However, if you need more, the velvety textures, perfect sweet red and black fruit, spice box and a sultry finish seals the case. The wine is made from a blend of 70% Merlot with 30% Cabernet Franc. With 13.5% alcohol. The harvest took place from September 13 to September 29. The Grand Vin was made from 80% of the harvest. Due to the frost, almost 20% of the vineyard was damaged. 96 – 98 points

2017 Le Carillon de l’Angélus – One of the second best wines you will find here, sweet, juicy, plum, smoke, liquorice, floral scents and a touch of minerality. The silky tannins and freshness stand out in the finish. The wine was made from 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc. 89 – 91 points

2017 Les Asteries – Sweet and spicy red fruits with a distinctive and mineral character, this experience ends pleasantly. The wine has the fruit and the structure to age. The blend was made from 83% Merlot and 17% Cabernet Franc. 90 – 92 points

2017 Ausone – Dark ruby ​​with purple accents on the rim, the wine is lush, full-bodied, with a luscious texture, sensual and with everything that is going on, it is also quite refined. The dark red fruits based on minerals offer an impression of impressive purity. There is persistence and dynamism on the palate. Made from a blend of 55% Cabernet Franc and 45% Merlot, the wine reaches 14% alcohol with a pH of 3.5 and represents 80% of the harvest. The harvest took place from September 23 to September 29. 97 – 99 Pts

2017 Chapelle d’Ausone – Licorice, crushed stone, espresso, flowers and black cherry liquor initiate the encounter. From there, you will evolve into a wine with a refined texture and a supple texture with succulent red fruits which bring vigor and sweetness. 91 – 93 points

2017 Badette – Fleshy, ripe, silky, sweet and fresh, the wine has length, polished tannins and freshness with dark chocolate and juicy ripe plums and ripe on the finish. The wine is made from a blend of 80% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. It becomes a new wine to watch in Saint Emilion! 91 – 93 points

2017 High Bard – The floral characteristics kick off the evening. From there you go to an introductory waltz of cocoa, plums, cherry, licorice and a base note of mint. Fresh, juicy, supple and long, there is a lot to lie here with perfectly ready fruit giving it momentum on the finish. I’m also digging into the less woody approach to aging. 92 – 94 points

Beausejour Duffau Lagarrosse 2017 – With a sparkling garnet color, the wine is lush with flavor, cashmere tannins and length and purity of fruit. The finish combines dark and sweet fruit and minerality with salty tannins, making it not only a dazzling taste but also a distinct sensation. Reaching 14% alcohol, the wine is a blend of 88% Merlot and 12% Cabernet Franc. The harvest took place from September 22 to October 2. 95 – 97 Pts

Beau-Sejour Becot 2017 – Soft, lush, round and polished, the wine has flesh, maturity, concentration and length. With a strong feeling of underlying minerality, you are also entitled to dark chocolate, juicy ripe fruit, sweetness and volume. There is length, depth and a great mouth feel. This is the first vintage with Thomas Duclos as a consultant. Looks like they’re on a roll here! 93 – 95 points

2017 Belair-Monange – Roses and rocks and perfectly ripe plums and cherries create harmony on the palate. The tannins are salty due to the intense minerality. The textures flow with silk and the fruit does a salsa dance. Give it up to a decade in the cellar to shine at its best. 93 – 95 points

Bellefont-Belcier 2017 – The first vintage of the new owner Peter Kwok is of a deep color. The medium-bodied, fresh, brilliant, black cherry, licorice and chocolate wine offers soft textures, freshness and minerality on the finish. The wine is made from a blend of 75% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. 92 – 94 points

Bellevue 2017 – Satiny, sumptuous, ripe, medium-bodied with lots of sweet and black plums, chocolate, liquorice and moist earth, there is a sweetness in the tannins that goes perfectly with the delicious fruits. This wine is made from 100% Merlot. 91 – 93 points

2017 Bellevue-Mondotte – Allure of smoky black and blue fruits, licorice and box of spices create the aromatic profile. Deep in color with a supple texture and ripe, sweet and opulent plums, this wine ends with a spicy and mineral character supporting the plethora of ready fruit. Made from a blend of 90% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, the wine reaches 14.5% alcohol with a pH of 3.47. Yields were quite low at just 16 hectoliters per hectare this vintage. 94 – 96 points

Berliquet 2017 – Medium to full-bodied with sweet and juicy plums, a spoonful of fervent minerality and a dazzling note of lead, the wine is made from a blend of 70% Merlot with 30% Cabernet Franc. 90 – 92 points

Cadet Bon 2017 – Silky, sweet and polished, there is a sense of minerality in the fleshy and ripe cherries, licorice and cocoa found here. 90 – 92 points

2017 by Candale – Black cherry, earth, liquorice and floral aromas pique your interest in this medium-bodied wine to drink early. Prepare for an explosion of sweet cherries on the palate and on the finish. 87 – 89 points

Canon 2017 – With a dark red-violet color, the wine is supple and elegant. The fruit is ambrosial. There is vigor and length. The finish lingers along the bleachers of ripe red and black fruit and glycerin. Formulated from a blend of 73% Merlot and 27% Cabernet Franc, the wine reaches 14% alcohol. 94 – 96 points

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2017 Canon la Gaffeliere – The nose is chalky with dark berries, liquorice, moist earth and aromas of forest floor. The wine is full-bodied, fresh and mineral. You can smell the rocks and stones while enjoying the sweet red fruits and there is a freshness that stands out in the finish. The wine is made from a blend of 60% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. Half of the vineyard was hit by frost. The harvest took place from September 18 to October 10. 93 – 95 Pts

2017 Cantin – Floral with a kiss of espresso, coconut, licorice, black cherry and dark chocolate, the wine is fleshy, flashy and forward and once the oak is resolved, the wine will be quite tasty to drink. 88 to 90 points

2017 Cheval Blanc – There is a lot of depth here. The fruit appears in layers alternating earth, red berries and black fruits. There is intensity and elegance, with a unique fleshy feel due to the large percentage of Cabernet in the blend. You will want to age this for at least 15 years before you pop a bottle. The wine was made with 56% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc and 14% Cabernet Sauvignon. It is the most Cabernet Sauvignon ever used in blending in the history of the domain! The wine reached 13.2% alcohol with a pH of 3.65 and the harvest took place from September 6 to October 11, which is the longest harvest recorded here. The Grand Vin represents 77% of the harvest. 96 – 98 points

2017 Le Petit Cheval – Medium-bodied, soft, silky and fresh, the wine is elegant and polished and should show itself fairly early in life. Coming from a blend of 52% Merlot and 48% Cabernet Franc, only 8% of the harvest was made into wine this year. 90 – 92 points

2017 Cheval Blanc Le Petit Blanc – Made from 100% Sauvignon Blanc, the wine is lively, fertile and vibrant with green apples, white peaches, flowers, citrus peels and just a touch of vanilla. Lively and refreshing, there is a spicy quality here that stands out in the mouth. 92 points

Clos Badon Thunevin 2017 – Here you will find smoke, earth and liquorice with dark red fruits, a deep color and a round and red plum finish. A few years in the cellar should bring more sweetness and complexity to the wine. 89 – 91 points

Clos-de-lOratoire 2017 – Strawberry, earth, black cherry and floral notes open the wine. Medium to full-bodied with soft, lush textures, the fruit is juicy, fresh and sweet. You can drink this youngster or age it for a few years. The wine is made from a blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc. The harvest took place from September 26 to October 10. Due to frost, almost 65% of the crop has been lost. 91 – 93 points

Clos de Sarpe 2017 – Crushed rocks are the first thing you notice, followed by toasted oak, black cherry, licorice, flowers and smoke. The wine is full-bodied and offers ample fresh red fruit, ripe salty tannins and a strong rocky essence until the finish. 92 – 94 points

2017 Clos des Jacobins – Medium bodied, with a core of liquorice, cocoa and sweet cherry. Soft tannins and a soft mouth feel will make this wine charming to taste in its youth. 89 – 91 points

Clos Dubreuil 2017 – With soft and round textures, the juicy and ripe black cherries are surrounded by notes of chocolate, rainy earth and liquorice. Soft and accessible, there is lift and sweetness to accompany the fruity finish. The wine was composed of 75% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, reaching 13.5% alcohol. Due to frost, 50% of the crop has been decimated. 91 – 93 points

Clos Fourtet 2017 – For a magnificent opening, there is a nature of crushed stone, followed by a mixed bouquet of flowers, liquorice and red fruits. With a beautiful dense color, it is large and flowery but bright and zipped, the fruit flows perfectly from the attack to the finish. The wine is made from a blend of 86% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc and 4% Cabernet Sauvignon, reaching 14% alcohol. 94 – 96 points

Clos Junet 2017 – Drink early, medium-bodied, forward and sweet, the wine offers a blend of fresh plums, coffee beans and thyme. It is a pleasure wine to drink early, right bank. 86 – 88 points

Clos La Madeleine 2017 – The salty rocks, liquorice, smoke and red fruits are the first thing you will find, but most of the excitement will occur in the mouth with its silky, sweet, fresh nuances of red fruits and licorice. You can drink it early, but aging will help the wine develop more complexity. 90 – 92 points

Clos Saint Julien 2017 – The wine offers a stony, mineral, salty, fresh character, with dark red fruits unique to this vineyard. Fresh, and with the structure to age, it will develop quite well as it evolves. Normally, it is a wine that needs more than a decade to arrive, but it is a vintage before for Clos Saint Julien. 91 – 93 points

Clos St. Martin 2017 – Black cherries, licorice, espresso and fudge are the first thing you will notice. From there, you’ll quickly switch to creamy, silky textures, lush, polished tannins, and a ripe, decadent finish with black fruit and espresso. 92-94 points

2017 Convent of the Jacobins – Juicy and fresh with dark red fruits, flowers in its spicy personality, the tannins are sweet, the character is prominent and the finish is on the side of bright red berries. The wine is made from a blend of 80% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc and 8% Petit Verdot. 89 – 91 points

2017 Croix de Labrie – Succulent, sweet, ripe, black cherry, plum, anisette and chocolate textures are everywhere. The wine is supple, oily, fresh, heavy and long. Made from 100% Merlot, this delight marks the beginnings of Hubert de Bouard as a consultant for the Croix de Labrie. 92 – 94 points

2017 Les Hauts de Croix de Labrie – Medium-bodied, forward and fresh with plum fruits and liquorice notes, this wine is ideal for early consumption and a kind of small miracle because the estate has suffered damage to 80 % of their vineyard. 88 to 90 points

2017 Croix de Labrie Blanc – Appetizing crisp, perfectly ripe citrus fruits with white peach, roses and honeysuckle, this wine has an attractive, fruity acidity. The wine is made from a blend of 60% semillon, 20% sauvignon blanc and 20% sauvignon gris. 92 points

Croque Michotte 2017 – Unfortunately, most of the grapes this year were damaged by frost. All that could be recovered to vinify was second generation fruit, which produced a light and tart effort but still an effort. 82 – 84 points

2017 Daugay – A sweet, silky, fresh, easy-to-drink, medium-bodied charmer with a core of red fruit and a precise touch of minerality. Give it a year or two and it will be even better. 88 to 90 points

Destieux 2017 – With just the right amount of licorice, ripe multicolored fruit and espresso beans to top it off, the wine is sweet and polished with salty tannins and a round textured finish. Just give it a few years and it will be even better. 89 – 91 points

Edmus 2017 – Medium-bodied, floral and silky, the wine is fresh, ripe and dominated by its soft, earthy and cherry red accent. It will be at its best in the first decade of life. 86 – 88 points

2017 Faugeres – Fleshy and mellow, round and rich, this wine is sweet, fruity, forward and should be very close to its release. The wine is made from a blend of 85% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. 91 – 93 points

Figeac 2017 – The wine is richly textured, dark in color, showing the purity of the fruit with weight and density. The flowers, black plums and aromas of black raspberry dominate with an additional nuance of liquorice and moist earth. Everything here comes to life with a little cuddle. Full-bodied, the wine offers its fruits without much effort. There is length, freshness and soft, polished textures in the finish. The wine is made from a blend of 47% Cabernet Sauvignon, 43% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc, reaching 13.5% alcohol with a pH of 3.66. Due to the frost, yields have been quite low this year, producing only 22 hectoliters per hectare. 95 to 97 points

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2017 Fleur Cardinale – Due to the significant frost damage, only 1000 numbered magnums were produced for this vintage. Dark blue-black with a density of flavor, richness and flawless length, the wine is round with impressive amounts of dark chocolate, licorice and juicy plums. 92 – 94 points

Fombrauge 2017 – Forward, sweet, round and fresh, this wine offers sweet black cherries, liquorice and dark chocolate. Made from a blend of 93% Merlot and 7% Cabernet Franc, there is a touch of sweet and sour cocoa floating in the juicy red plum finish, adding more richness on the palate. 89 – 91 points

Fonplegade 2017 – Floral in nature, you will also find liquorice, spice box, sandalwood and plum nose. On the palate, the wine is fresh with an intense mineral character. After passing the rocks and stones, the red fruits are soft, bright, quite fresh and finely trained. The finish is long with ripe, salty, red berries and lots of verve. Made from a blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc, the wine reaches 14% alcohol with a pH of 3.45. The harvest took place from September 13 to September 29. 93 – 95 Pts

Fonroque 2017 – This medium-bodied wine begins with sweet, ripe red berries. Forward in style, the wine offers fruit on the palate but unfortunately ends up short. 87 – 89 points

2017 Franc-Mayne – Not a lot of flesh here, but it is soft, medium bodied with bright red fruits and sweetness. This should be drunk well upon release or soon after. 88 to 90 points

2017 Godeau – Medium-bodied with ripe black raspberries and crushed stone tones, the wine is sweet, forward and should be pleasant to drink with just a few years. 89 – 91 points

2017 Gracia – The wine is dark in color, just like the fruit. The freshness is there, with the minerality. Round and with deep layers, you also discover dark red fruits, liquorice, espresso and cocoa on the finish. But it’s going to be almost impossible to find. Due to the frost, less than 100 cases of wine were produced this year. The wine is made from a blend of 70% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. 91 – 93 points

2017 Grand Mayne – It is a sweet, sweet, polished, medium-bodied wine. Ahead with bright cherries and black raspberries, licorice and just a hint of espresso, the tannins are sweet and the finish has a bright, fleshy appeal. 90 – 92 points

2017 Grand Pontet – Flowers, soil, thyme and coffee beans are the character here. On the palate, the wine is round, sweet and polished, leaving you with a soft, juicy and fruity finish. 89 – 91 points

2017 Haut-Sarpe – Spicy red fruits, crisp on the palate with licorice and red plums, this medium-bodied wine is classic and tangy. The following vintages have shown improvement. 86 – 88 points

2017 Haut Veyrac – Medium bodied, not strict enough but firm in the classic sense, the wine is quite fresh with a spicy liquorice and strawberry. Made from a blend of 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc, it will take time to soften and develop. 86 – 88 points

2017 Haut Brisson – With a good depth of color, the wine is round, the textures are soft, the fruit has maturity and in the end, you will find sweet cherries, liquorice and freshness at its heart. The wine was produced from a blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet. 91 – 93 points

2017 Jean Voisin – The inflections of red fruit and medium-bodied liquorice, sweet, soft and light are already easy to appreciate. Quite advanced in nature, you can drink this silky wine when it comes out. 87 – 89 points

2017 Jean Faure – Flowers and stone as well as herbs, spices and red fruits combine to create a medium-bodied, crisp and classic wine with a focus on red fruits. 88 to 90 points

2017 La Chapelle-Lescours – A lighter style of wine dominated by red fruits, with a soft texture and forward, it is made for early consumption. 85 – 87 points

2017 La Fleur Morange Mathilde – Round, sweet, sweet with fruit from all sides of the plum range, this medium-bodied wine with espresso, smoke, liquorice and black cherries keeps you pleasantly engaged until the end. 91 – 93 points

2017 La Clotte – Scents of black raspberry, plum and vanilla open the fragrance. Soft, silky and filled with juicy and ripe plums, licorice and black cherries, there is freshness and flesh here. The wine was produced from 85% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc. 91 – 93 points

Confession 2017 – Licorice, wet earth, espresso bean and smoked black cherries are front and center. It is a woody touch on the palate but redeemed with lots of ripe red fruit, licorice and salty tannins. Wait a few years for the oak to integrate better and this beauty will go well. The wine is made from a blend of 75% Merlot and 25% Cabernet Franc. Due to frost and more rigorous fruit selection, almost 70% of the crop has been lost this year. 91 – 93 points

2017 La Couspaude – Dark ruby ​​color with notes of cocoa, liquorice, espresso and black raspberry on the nose and on the palate, the wine has flesh, sweetness, round textures and a mixture of plums, liquorice and coffee on the finish. By the way, La Couspaude was the first wine to unveil its 2017 to Bordeaux merchants, kicking off the campaign. 89 – 91 points

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2017 Dominica – Flowers, cherries, licorice, incense and soft, silky textures define the wine. On the palate, the wine is medium-bodied, silky, charming and ends with fresh black cherry and liquorice on the finish. Made from a blend of 70% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. The harvest took place from September 15 to September 29. The wine has reached 13% alcohol. Due to frost, 70% of the crop has been lost. 92 – 94 points

2017 La Gaffeliere – You will rediscover the stony nature of the wine before moving on to the lush, ripe notes, dark red fruit, licorice and espresso. Full-bodied and lush, it’s tasty now and it’s going to be tastier with six to eight years of age in the bottle. 91 – 93 points

2017 La Marzelle – With a beautiful color, the wine is ripe, fleshy, rich and sweet. Tons of licorice and black cherry are everywhere. The wine is supple, fresh and will be ready to go early in its life. This is another hot property that continues to improve and is still selling for a fair price. 92 – 94 points

2017 La Mondotte – Dark tinged with purple accents, evocations of blackberry liqueur, flowers, liquorice, smoke and coffee, the wine is full-bodied, concentrated, lush, deep and rich on the palate. We find richness, length and salty tannins. Give it 10-15 years to grow. Combining 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Franc, the wine reaches 14% alcohol with a pH of 3.5. The harvest took place from September 14 to September 29. 96 – 98 Pts

2017 La Serre – Fruity in the classic sense, the wine is lively, ripe, medium-bodied and mineral. Give it a few years to come together and it should be a much improved wine. 87 – 89 points

2017 La Tour du Pin Figeac – Round, sweet and juicy, it has body and verve with juicy and robust plums, spices and liquorice in a soft and medium-bodied finish. The wine is prominent, which makes its supple character easy to like at the exit. 90 – 92 points

2017 Laforge – Smoke, liquorice and dark red berries are at the heart of the wine. On the palate, the wine is medium-bodied, fresh, sweet, sweet and just a little spicy. Just give it a few years and it should show up pretty well. The wine is made from a blend of 92% Merlot and 8% Cabernet Franc. Due to the freeze, production has dropped 30% here this year. 90 – 92 points

2017 Laniote – A medium bodied wine, before, to drink early with herbs and olives and red fruits on the nose and mouth. 84 – 86 points

Larcis Ducasse 2017 – Flowers, crushed rocks and ripe and deep red fruits are found in abundance. With silky textures, sweet garnet berries, earth, liquorice and salty tannins, the wine offers a concentration of flavor with a cut and definition. The mineral character is deep in this vintage, so give it at least a decade to develop before popping a cork. The wine is made from a blend of 92% Merlot with 8% Cabernet Franc, reaching 14% alcohol. The harvest took place from September 18 to October 2. 93 – 95 Pts

Laroque 2017 – Showing a dark hue, the wine opens with a strong mineral sensation, with liquorice, blackberries and dark chocolate. Medium to full-bodied, the wine is sweet, elegant and fresh. The salinity on the finish complements the dark red fruit and thyme throughout the finish and there is a sparkle and spicy fruit quality that is palpable on the finish. The wine was made with 99% Merlot and 1% Cabernet Franc, reaching 14.54 alcohol with a pH of 3.48. 91 – 93 points

2017 Le Carre – Deep red cherries, smoke, wood and a touch of wild strawberry create the fragrance. Made from 80% Merlot with 20% Cabernet Franc, the wine is sweet, lively, fresh and fruity. 90 – 92 points

2017 Le Dome – Intense in color with lush and polished textures, the wine appears with flowers, plums, herbs and black raspberries. Full-bodied and concentrated, there is a solid freshness and fruitiness until the finish. Created from a blend of 80% Cabernet Franc and 20% Merlot. 91 – 93 points

2017 Le Chatelet – A fruity, lively wine, to be drunk early, medium bodied with a strong component of leafy olive which accompanies the bright red fruits. 83 – 85 points

2017 Le Prieure – Lush texture, deep red fruit, liquorice, cocoa, flowers and stone create the make-up. The tannins are soft, polished and round, the fresh fruit from the garden is quick to show sweetness. And in the finish, there is an interesting touch of salt in the tannins which compliments the ripe red fruits. 91 – 93 points

2017 Les Grandes Murailles – The truffle, chocolate, plum and leafy notes lead to a fresh, medium-bodied, polished and fresh wine. You will find dark plum, round fruit, silky tannins and a touch of oak on the back. The wine is made from 100% old Merlot vines, reaching 14.4% alcohol. 90 – 92 points

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Lif 2017 – The truffle, licorice and ripe black cherries immediately grab your attention. On the palate, the wine is of a supple texture with a depth of fruit and silky and shiny tannins which are impossible to overlook. With a touch of jam in the back note. Everything is in balance from the start to the finish, garnished with plum, vanilla, chocolate and Boysenberry. It is quite an achievement for the vintage. The wine is made from a blend of 91% Merlot and 9% Cabernet Franc. The wine reaches 14% alcohol with a pH of 3.51. 93 – 95 points

2017 Louis – De couleur sombre avec un profil de caractère mûr, chocolat noir, prune et cerise, vous trouverez également une grande ampleur, avec un baiser de chêne en finale. 88 to 90 points

2017 Lucia – Rond, luxuriant et ouvert, le vin est tout au sujet de sa mûre, douce, vers l’avant, mûre douce, cerises noires, chocolat, expresso et réglisse. Si vous les aimez jeunes, c’est un vin que vous pourrez déguster à l’adolescence. 89 – 91 points

Lynsolence 2017 – Ce domaine intrépide a été fortement ravagé par le gel, perdant 30% de sa récolte, mais ils ont réussi à produire un vin profondément coloré et mi-corsé avec de la douceur, du chocolat, de la réglisse et des cerises noires fraîches. C’est 100% Merlot. 89 – 91 points

MagrezFombrauge 2017 – De couleur d’encre avec de la réglisse, de la cerise noire, de la framboise noire et des notes fumées au nez, ce vin est corsé, charnu, rond, doux, poli. Il y a de la fraîcheur et du volume en bouche avec une bonne dose de chêne. Ce n’est pas à boire dans ses années de formation, car quand tout sera réuni, ce sera un vin nettement meilleur que le chêne s’intègre. 93 – 95 points

2017 Mangot – Doux, élégant, frais et concentré sur ses tons mûrs, de cerise, de prune et de réglisse, le vin est fruité et fruité avec juste une touche de chocolat à l’arrière. Ce sera délicieux à la sortie. 89 – 91 points

2017 Mangot Todeschini – Mi-corsé avec des cerises douces mûres, des sous-bois et de la réglisse, le vin est délicieux et frais. A boire 10 à 12 ans après le millésime. 90 – 92 points

Monbousquet 2017 – Encens, cerises rouges, thym et fumée ouvrent le vin. En bouche, le vin est mi-corsé, plein, velouté, poli et fruité. Le fruit est brillant et vous ressentez une vraie fraîcheur. Le pourcentage de chêne neuf est tombé à 50%, plaçant le fruit au centre de la scène. 90 – 92 points

2017 Monbousquet Blanc – Assemblage 60% Sauvignon Blanc, 30% Sauvignon Gris, 5% Sémillon et 5% Muscadelle créent un millésime vif avec des notes de zeste de citron, de pamplemousse et de fleurs. Ce vin lumineux et rafraîchissant se termine avec une gousse de gousse de vanille en rappel à travers les agrumes jaunes. 91 points

Montlabert 2017 – Mi-corsé avec beaucoup de notes de cerise noire, de réglisse, de cacao et de café, le vin est doux, doux et se boit bien dans un an ou deux à peine après sa sortie. 88 to 90 points

2017 Moulin Saint Georges – Des notes de kirsch, de fleurs, de vanille et de prune créent le parfum. En bouche, le vin est rond, doux et fruité. Les tanins sont doux, vous permettant de concentrer votre attention sur la finale douce et juteuse. 80% de merlot et 20% de cabernet franc créent l’assemblage. 90 – 92 points

2017 du Parc – Mi-corsé avec un caractère délicat et charnu et des accents de réglisse, d’espresso et de fleurs, il est doux, avant et fait pour le plaisir de boire tôt. 86 – 88 Pts

2017 Pavie – Floral notes emerge from the deep garnet colored wine. Full-bodied, intense, deep, sweet and podgy, this wine is a tsunami of tannin and slate with layers of deep, ripe fruits that will demand aging. Made from a blend of 60% Merlot, 22% Cabernet Franc and 18% Cabernet Sauvignon, the wine reached 14.6% with a pH of 3.61 and the harvest took place September 25 to October 3. 96 – 98 Pts

2017 Aromes de Pavie – With a distinct resemblance to its big brother, this second wine of Pavie reveals structure, ripe fruits and spice. You’ll find olives, plums and herbs emanating from the back end of this medium-bodied, approachable wine. This will be ready to drink upon release. 89 – 91 points

2017 Pavie Decesse – Dark, dusky fruits drenched in pastis, the powdered remains of star anise and a pot of homemade jam create this attention-seeking perfume. Plush, powerful and concentrated, the fruit is ripe, sweet and has a jazz movement on the backend. The finish is fresh, fruity and piquant. Made from a blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc, the wine reached 14.5% alcohol with a pH of 3.53. 93 – 95 Pts

2017 Pavie Macquin Saint Emilion 296x300 2017 Saint Emilion Tasting Notes Ratings Harvest info for all the Best Wines

2017 Pavie Macquin – Delicate, soft, skillfully shaped tannins and mature, dark fruit proffer sweetness and lift at the core of this year’s presentation. Full bodied, lush and polished with juicy fruit characteristics, length and complexity, the vintage is about stylish refinement, vibrancy and purity of fruit. Produced from 80% Merlot, 18% Cabernet Franc and 2% Cabernet Sauvignon, the wine reached 14% alcohol. The harvest took place September 20 to October 9. 93 – 95 Pts

2017 Peby Faugeres – Darkness becomes this inky creation not only in color but also in the black cherry, smoke, espresso, wet earth and dark chocolate essences, which define its charisma. The wine is fat, fertile, swanky and sweet. Powerful, long and intense, pure and precocious, simply stated, this wine rocks! The wine was produced using 100% old vine Merlot. 94 – 96 Pts

2017 Le Merle de Peby Faugeres – With licorice scents and black cherry on the front end, this wine is all smooth lambskin textures and quite alluring with a red cherry and citrus orientation. There is a touch of cocoa and licorice on the back end, which adds an intriguing bit of pillow talk. This is the second wine of Peby Faugeres, produced from its own blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. 88-90 pts

2017 Petit Faurie deSoutard – Licorice, black cherry and soft textures create the character in this fresh, fruity, medium-bodied wine. Endowed with lift and verve, they lost close to 40% of their crop to frost. 90 – 92 Pts

2017 Pierre de Lune – With an oaky presence the wine is round, supple, ripe and polished, making it easy to drink on release, so you can enjoy its lush fruity charms early. 89 – 91 points

2017 Poesia – Licorice, espresso, plum and dark chocolate open on the nose. There is a cleanness with soft tannins, thirst-quenching red plums and cassis in the finish. The wine is smooth, polished, elongated and quite fresh. Made from blending 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Franc. 91 – 93 Pts

2017 de Pressac – Spice, underbrush, licorice and red fruits create the aromatic profile. On the palate, the wine is medium bodied, soft, bright and fresh. There is a fiery vivacity to the red fruit. With a fitting depth of color, this wine offers extra polish. One of the 91 – 93 Pts

2017 Puy-Blanquet – The flower shop notes are the first thing you’ll notice before moving to the bright, fresh, crisp, soft, lively red fruits and thyme on the palate. 86 – 88 Pts

2017 Quinault LEnclos – Licorice, coffee bean, espresso, cocoa and fresh kirsch form the core of the wine. Medium bodied and bright but still a bit oaky, there is enough fruit to bring it all together with three to five years in the bottle. 89 – 91 points

2017 Quintus – Spicy rubicund fruits with a dash of mint, licorice and black cherry open the perfume. The wine is dignified and energetic. There is a wholesomeness of fruit, a sweet cherry spirit and an emphasis on the finesse styled character. 93 – 95 Pts

2017 Quintus Le Dragon de Quintus – Medium bodied, soft, forward and charming with sweet, red cherry fruits, this is elegance in a glass. 87 – 89 Pts

2017 Ripeau – Showing intense color, the wine pops with layers of fleshy, soft, dark plums, damp licorice and creamy tannins. There is body and richness here with loads of deep, concentrated fruit in the finish. The new owners are spending with no end in sight to make the best wine possible here. This is a property to watch. 91 – 93 Pts

2017 Roc de Boisseaux – Light, sweet, red fruits, medium bodied, soft and charming, this wine is perfect for present-day easy drinking and silky pleasure. 86 – 88 Pts

2017 Rocheyron – Lilies, dark cocoa, truffle and juicy, black plum notes pop right from the glass. On the palate, the wine is rich, sweet and round. Inky ruby with purple accents in color, the wine offers a tannic backbone, which requires time in the cellar to clarify the freshness in the lush, fruity character. Like many establishments this year, close to 50% of the vineyard was devastated by the frost. 92 – 94 Pts

2017 Rol Valentin – Fresh picked raspberries, cherries and strawberries combine with licorice and espresso to produce an elegant expression here. The wine is soft, medium bodied and will be easy to drink upon release. 89 – 91 points

2017 Saint-Georges-Cote-Pavie – Medium bodied with elements of smoke, licorice, red fruits and coffee bean, the wine is soft, sweet and approachable. You should drink this in its first decade of life. 86 – 88 Pts

2017 Sanctus – Lush and round textured, there is licorice, plum, smoke, black cherry and dark chocolate here. The wine is fleshy with a sweet, juicy, fruity finish. This will be quite pleasurable to taste on release. 89 – 91 points

2017 Sansonnet – Produced from a blend of 90% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Cabernet Franc, this wine rocks! It is more than the flowers, layers of ripe, lush fruits, black cherries, espresso and licorice. The wine is fleshy, flashy and already delicious. One of the hottest tickets in St. Emilion these days, this is a great style of wine, that still sells for about a song. 92 – 94 Pts

2017 Saintayme – Red fruits with a hint of earth and citrus on the front end. In the middle, you have a medium-bodied palate that offers spicy, red fruits, cocoa and another dash of that entertaining citrus in the finish. This forward wine was produced with 100% Merlot. You can enjoy this early in life. 88 to 90 points

2017 Soutard – Fennel, cherry and cocoa aromas blend with luscious, red fruits, soft but present tannins and a crisp, bright, red berry finish. 89 – 91 points

2017 SoutardCadet – Inky dark in color, this is lush, fat, rich and supple. The fruit is ripe, deep, fleshy and there is length in the fruity finish. The wine was made from 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc. 91 – 93 Pts

2017 Tertre Roteboeuf – A surprise of spearmint mixed with dewy soil, thyme, coffee and black cherries bring out the perfume. On the palate, the wine is medium bodied, aristocratic and finesse driven. The fruit is vibrant and there is a nectarous interlude in the mid-palate, coupled with a silky finish that focuses on the purity in the fruits over power. 93 – 95 Pts

2017 Teyssier – Medium bodied, forward, and already open, the wine delivers an easy drinking, warm, red berry profile with soft textures and rosy fruits in the finish. The wine was produced from blending 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Franc. Due to that vicious frost, a large portion of the vineyard was lost. 87 – 89 Pts

2017 Tour Saint Christophe – Caliginous in color, the wine is full bodied, concentrated, intense, fortified and satisfying. There is good flesh, freshness and length. Limber with crispy red fruits, cocoa, espresso, licorice and a boundless finish, the wine is made from blending 80% Merlot with 20% Cabernet Franc. The wine reached 14.3% alcohol. 92 – 94 Pts

2017 Troplong Mondot Saint Emilion 296x300 2017 Saint Emilion Tasting Notes Ratings Harvest info for all the Best Wines

2017 Troplong Mondot – Licorice, smoke, black cherry, plum and crushed rocks create the nose. On the palate, the wine is full bodied, sweetly authentic and luxuriously textured. There is more virtue in the fruit but less density and lower alcohol than in previous vintages. The wine shows more influence from the limestone, instead of the clay. This dramatic change in style is a matter of choice by the new director, Aymeric de Gironde who is seeking more aromatic complexity and balance over power and ripeness in the wine. The wine was produced from a blend of 85% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Cabernet Franc, reaching 14.2% alcohol. The harvest took place September 18, finishing September 27. 94 – 96 Pts

2017 Trotte Vielle – Elegant, soft, fresh and refined, there is an energy to the medium/full bodied layers of black cherries that stands out. Made from a blend of 56% Cabernet Franc, 43% Merlot and 1% Cabernet Sauvignon, the wine offers a distinctive note of flowers, red berries, espresso and forest notes. The slightly higher percentage of Cabernet Franc in the blend is due to the damage from the frost. 90-92 pts

2017 Valandraud – Subaqueous in color, the wine effortlessly performs an aromatic dance of black cherry, plum, licorice and vanilla. Round, soft and plush, the wine is full bodied, concentrated, fleshy and tannic. Give this five to seven years for everything to percolate. 93 – 95 Pts

2017 Valandraud Blanc – A skyrocket of lemon, pineapple and vanilla bean soars in the background and hits the target. Juicy and fresh, this vibrant wine is ready to go. 90 points

2017 Virginie de Valandraud – Forward, softly textured and juicy, you’ll find smoke, licorice and strong espresso notes, which add to the wine’s nuances. You can drink this young. 87 – 89 Pts

2017 Vieux Chateau Mazerat – Dark red fruits meld with licorice, forest, espresso bean and smoky vanilla bean, all readily rising to the surface. This wine is on the elegant side with leafy, floral nuances and a touch of sea salt in the tannins. 90 – 92 Pts

2017 Vignobles Rollet A Capella – A new discovery for me — this wine rocks! It’s rich, fat, dense, lush and loaded with dark chocolate-covered black and blue fruits. Concentrated with layers of fat, ripe, sweet, fruits, the wine is low in acid, plush, mouth filling and superb. 92 – 94 Pts

2017 Villemaurine – From a blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc, the wine is fresh, supple, sweet, and loaded with spicy dark cocoa, licorice and plums. There is a nice complexity in the salty tannins you find in the finish. 90 – 92 Pts

2017 La Voute – Sweet and round with an interest-piquing blend of chocolate, plum, licorice and dark cherries, the wine is soft, sweet and forward. There is an agreeable texture and sweetness to the fruit. Another new discover for me this year, Michel Rolland is the consultant. The vineyards are located close to Valandraud and Fleur Cardinale. It will be interesting to see who the wine and subsequent vintages develop. 90 – 92 Pts

We’re getting close to the end of our 2017 Bordeaux reports. We will be all wrapped up in a day or two. Tomorrow we’ll publish notes and scores for the all the best 2017 Bordeaux value wines.

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