2017 Vintage Port En Primeur
A classic and historic vintage
2017 is that rare thing: the second great Port vintage in a row. Quality is exceptional, with the dry conditions of the vintage and the remarkable potential of the wines leading pundits and producers alike to recall the great 1945s: an exciting endorsement whether or not you are among the lucky few to have tasted them.
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Plus: a small selection of limited-release single-vineyard wines will also be available to order early next month. Watch this space!
The wines show “intensity, structure (and) concentration”, as Charles Symington explained at a tasting to launch the vintage, along with purity of fruit expression that adds beauty to all the best wines of the vintage. David Guimaraens described the wines as having the firmness of tannin of a dry year, but with fresh fruit, making this vintage a true modern classic.
We cannot recommend these wines highly enough. And if you bought the 2016 vintage last year, there’s no need to worry too much about filling your cellar with Port! The style of the vintage is quite different from the more fragrant and fruit-forward 2016s, and it promises a very long and rewarding future for the patient among us.
With market demand already high, we are again offering the wines en primeur earlier than in the past.
Any indecision provoked by the roll-call of stellar names inside may be swiftly resolved by a selection of mixed cases, while half-bottle options will make the long wait – and this is a vintage worth waiting for – just a little shorter.
Jo Locke MW
Your Buyer for Portugal
2017 in the vineyard
David Guimarens highlighted that the 2017 harvest report is almost identical to that of the great 1945 vintage recorded by Dick Yeatman. The harvest was largely over by the end of September – around the date it began in 2016 – yet, as Charles Symington stressed, the full ripening cycle was achieved, which contributed to the superlative quality of fruit that made this a great vintage.
After a very dry winter – rainfall was down by up to 40% – fairly early budburst, and a June heatwave, the vineyards had around three weeks’ advance on the average year. But a little well-timed rain and the cooler temperatures that came in July and August slowed ripening, bringing the grapes to healthy, early maturity. Winemakers had to break off early from their summer holidays but were soon bursting with anticipation of what was already clearly an exceptional harvest: small berries, small bunches, the only disadvantage being low yields for some. Old vines performed particularly well, but this was a vintage when all grape varieties made the most of the healthy summer conditions.
Order by 8pm on Tuesday 16th July, 2019