Neal Martin and Antonio Galloni publish 2017 Bordeaux En Primeur scores

Finally, Vinous.com publishes the last key scores of the 2017 en primeur tastings from Antonio Galloni and Parker’s previously dubbed successor, Neal Martin.

Antonio Galloni declares that “2017 is, in my opinion, very clearly a Right Bank vintage” and the best of St Emilion and Pomerol “are positively thrilling” listing seven of the top ten wines of the vintage from these two appellations. St Emilion’s ‘blue blood’ Grand Cru Classe A Chateau Ausone is joined by its neighbour, and rising star, Chateau Troplong Mondot as two of the region’s top wines.

His Left Bank favourites include Haut Brion, Leoville Las Cases and Montrose, all of which are “more sensual than they usually are at this stage” but he states that the Left Bank does not possess too many “ extraordinary or absolute must haves” this vintage.

Galloni’s top ten 2017 wines: Ausone, Canon, Lafleur, L’If, Petrus, Troplong Mondot, Vieux Chateau-Certan, Lafite, Leoville Las Cases and Pape Clement.

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Neal Martin Overall Martin rates the vintage as “good to very good” but not in the same league as 2015 or ’16 and likens it more to the mid-vintage 2014. His top wines of the vintage all scored 95 – 97 points and are noted as Lafleur which he declares “an awesome 2017”, Lafite Rothschild – “classic from start to finish” and Eglise Clinet, which means that none of the key critics have ranked a 2017 wine the perfect 100 points at this stage. White wines have performed relatively well and Sauternes’ Yquem and Doisy-Daene has received equal top scores of 95 – 97 points.

Chateau Lafite-Rothschild

In terms of the market’s view of the vintage, Martin states that the 2017 campaign success will ride on the pricing strategies on release and those wines priced to sell through to the end consumer will be the vintage winners.

Neal Martin’s top Bordeaux 2017 wines (en primeur):

Lafite Rothschild                     95 – 97 

Eglise Clinet                            95 – 97

Lafleur                                     95 – 97

Yquem                                     95 – 97

Doisy-Daene                            95 – 97

Angelus                                   94 – 96

Ausone                                    94 – 96

Belair Monange                      94 – 96

Cos d’Estournel                       94 – 96

Haut Brion                               94 – 96

Hosanna                                  94 – 96

Latour                                      94 – 96

Montrose                                94 – 96

Mouton Rothschild                 94 – 96

Petrus                                      94 – 96

Vieux Chateau Certan             94 – 96

Suduiraut                                94 – 96

Fargues                                   94 – 96

Rayne Vignaud                        94 – 96

Haut Brion Blanc                     94 – 96

Coutet                                     94 – 96

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