2017 Vintage Report
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The Year: “Early picking, very small harvest, quality vintage”
The harvest was substantially affected by record frost in late April and by heavy hailstorms in late August. The frost froze the buds that had developed very early due to the mild spring, dashing any hopes of an abundant harvest. The hail in August ravaged many vineyards in less than an hour, striking, with spectacular cruelty, at the vines that had escaped the frosts. The current expectation is an overall drop of 40-50% compared to 2016 – although this will vary widely with some estates unable to release a wine in 2017. The 2017 harvest has yielded the lowest quantities since 1991.
There was a very early ripening following the dry start to the year and a warm and sunny spring – the harvest was 10-15 days earlier than the average. Most vineyards were harvested quite quickly during September.
First tasting news;
Dry Whites: Refreshing, lively and very expressive. A very attractive vintage.
Reds: For some Chateaux there is limited quantity but in general for all red wines they are displaying strong aromatic expression, superb colour, fruit and freshness. Supple, round and balanced. For relatively early drinking, in most cases before the 2015s and 2016s.
Sweet whites: Semillon especially enjoyed excellent weather fostering aromatic richness and concentration.