Bordeaux 2017 Vintage Better than expected

Bordeaux 2017 frost

After the famous 1947 vintage, there’s finally a lucky number seven in Bordeaux, but not for everybody, writes Ronald Rens, after tasting the barrel samples of the 2017 vintage.

2017 is better than expected. Let’s start with the good news. The Bordeaux vintage 2017 presented itself better than expected at the futures tastings. It took seven decades after the famous 1947 to get a seven vintage up to par. And as things go with lucky numbers, not everybody can be lucky. I’m afraid that 2017 will be remembered because of the frost in April, in some cases destroying entire harvests. The frost hit Bordeaux twice: first on April 20 and 21 and then again more brutally on April 27 and 28, destroying between 30% and 50% of the crop in Bordeaux.

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