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2017 Futures: Château Palmer Now Available

We have just returned from tasting the 2017 vintage and are excited to announce the first important release of the 2017 futures campaign – Château Palmer. The late April frost affected the yields for Alter Ego much more than the Grand Vin, but despite the issues with quantity, the quality of both wines is notable. The Grand Vin was one of our favorites from the trip, showing a complex and beautiful nose with ripe, round, supple tannin, good concentration of red and black fruit, excellent balance and a long finish.

Overall, we found the quality of the reds in 2017 to be between 2014 and 2015 with the top wines coming from the very best terroirs of each appellation. Saint-Estèphe, Pauillac and Saint-Julien produced the best wines on the Left Bank as the Cabernet Sauvignon ripened fully and shows excellent quality. On the Right Bank, frost affected the vineyards more heavily and certainly forced some difficult choices. Those Châteaux on the plateau in Pomerol and the limestone slopes in Saint-Émilion were far less affected and able to produce top wines at near normal quantity levels.

Stay tuned for more information on the 2017 vintage and new releases in the coming days.

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  2017 Wines of Château Palmer
6 Bottle Case

Château Palmer
97-98 JS
"This is a sexy and well-formed 2017 with very velvety and suave tannins that go on for minutes. Full-bodied, soft and round. Extremely long and last for minutes." (97-98 points) JamesSuckling.com, April 2018
Alter Ego de Château Palmer [2nd wine of Ch. Palmer]
92-93 JS
"This shows excellent body and depth of fruit. Rich and very deep. Layered and flavorful. Solid and chewy. Serious second wine." (92-93 points) JamesSuckling.com, April 2018
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Château Valandraud
94-95 JS
"Lots of beautiful blueberry and blackberry fruits here. Medium to full body, round and very polished tannins and a flavorful finish. Wet-earth undertones. Velvety mouthfeel at the end." (94-95 points) JamesSuckling.com, April 2018
WA: Robert Parker's Wine Advocate • AG: Vinous.com • JS: James Suckling • JR: Jancis Robinson
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