2017 Bordeaux Barrel Tasting

James Molesworth is tasting barrel samples in Bordeaux to get a first look at the 2017 vintage. Follow along with his blogs, scores and tasting notes
2017 Bordeaux Barrel Tasting
Château Canon's 2017 vintage is among the elite in St.-Emilion. (Pistolet bleu)
Mar 15, 2018

Wine Spectator senior editor James Molesworth returns to Bordeaux for the start of his annual ritual: tasting the barrel samples from the most recently completed vintage of red, white and sweet wines.

France's largest and arguably most prominent wine region unveils its newest wines every spring in a period called en primeur. It's the first time the wines are officially shown to the public—négociants, press, retail buyers and more all come through the region en masse to taste the wines. Molesworth is in Bordeaux this time to taste the 2017 vintage, sharing news from his château visits and reviews of the young wines. His barrel scores and tasting notes will help guide anyone interested in purchasing the wines as futures.

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