Petrus dubbed ‘wine of the vintage’ 2017

Posted by Rachel England on 26 April 2018

Petrus dubbed ‘wine of the vintage’ 2017

Liv-ex has revealed the findings of its annual En Primeur survey, circulated among its 400 members in the wine trade.

Petrus has been voted wine of the 2017 vintage, followed by Vieux Chateau Certan, Margaux, Latour and Lafleur. Respondents voted Grand Puy Lacoste as their top value wine, with Langoa Barton, Brane Cantenac, Phelan Segur and Talbot following closely behind. 

Using Robert Parker’s scoring model, members have awarded the vintage an overall 92.6 points, lower than last year’s 95.9 but higher than a number of other recent offerings, including the 2011 (91), 2012 (91), 2013 (88) and 2014 (92).

Members were also likely to compare the 2017 to 2014, and place it above the 2012, 2011 and 2013 in terms of quality.

Unlike last year, merchants are anticipating significantly less demand for the vintage than the previous campaign. However, almost all merchants qualified this by commenting that their answer very much depends on prices. One respondent said that “consumers are [now] better informed than ever and will not blanket buy like they have in the last two vintages”.

Liv-ex has also created a word map (above) to visualise members’ descriptions of the vintage. The most prominent words are those used most frequently, with many members describing the vintage as ‘fresh’ and commenting on its balance and structure.

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