2017 was complicated, but there are some excellent wines. Expect plenty of freshness and drinkability from wines that will offer excellent value, and others that will rival 2016 in terms of ripeness and ageability.
The frost impact means uneven ripening across appellations and individual plots. And of course less wine to bottle.
First up, you should know that most of the people that I interviewed about the fallout of Bordeaux 2014 don’t want me to name them. So you’re just going to have to trust me that these are serious players with true inside knowledge of what is going on.
Just a few wines remain in the Bordeaux 2014 campaign, as both Chateau Cheval Blanc and Chateau Ausone came out at 360 euros per bottle ex-Bordeaux, up 20% from the 2013 price.
Most of the major names in Bordeaux 2014 have now released their wine in a campaign that continues to be mixed and has been called 'stop-start' by some merchants.
A flurry of Bordeaux 2014 releases early in the week has seen several key estates increase prices by between 15% and 25% on the 2013 vintage, with some merchants concerned about the small quantities of wine available.