Right Bank 2017

Lucien Michel | April 20, 2021

Saint-Emilion & Pomerol 

Wrapping up our series on the 2017s, we will cross the Gironde to the right-bank of Bordeaux. Whilst many thought this vintage to be rather a left bank vintage - being more homogenous there - we believe it revealed some fantastic wines from a handful of right-bank properties. 


In Saint-Emilion, we have 3 Châteaux on offer that just seem to get better and more precise over the years:
- Figeac: which has been investing considerably to reveal the best from its terroir, ideally located on the revered limestone plateau, the wine on that vintage is stunning, displaying ample fruit and purity.

- Canon: while being innovative and developing a class of its own, this estate has established itself as a wine for Bordeaux lovers thanks to its consistency and high reviews by critics. 

- Bélair-Monange : This property dates to Roman times and since 2008 the hands of the Moueix family have revealed the potential of their location on the limestone and the blue clay terroir giving superbly elegant wines. 


In Pomerol, while some properties have been affected by the frost more than others. A handful have managed through the difficulties and preserved quality, identity, and pedigree: 
- Hosanna displays sublime rich deep dark fruits 

- La Fleur-Pétrus is very fine with tension and grip. 

- Trotanoy is harmonious with a vibrant mineral touch. 

These three Châteaux are part of the Moueix portfolio showing an impressive consistency throughout their range of ownerships. 

- Latour à Pomerol is a rare 100% Merlot that is highly perfumed with dark berries while keeping magnificent roundness. 

- Vieux Château Certan (known as VCC) crafted a truly fantastic wine (a contender for wine of the vintage) with a depth of fruit and spices to offer pleasure today, or to cellar for another 10 years.