The best wines of Bordeaux 2017

Lafite

2016 release price: €455 p/b
Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW: 97-99
Julia Harding MW: 17
James Suckling: 97-98
Neal Martin: 95-97

Supposedly the premier first growth, Lafite has certainly had its supremacy challenged by the other four grands crus in recent years, with its price premium declining and scores having often not quite been up to the level one might expect for the prices it continues to charge.

That all changed last year with the 2016 vintage, which was named Liv-ex’s member’s favourite wine in the survey for that year.

It hasn’t quite lived up to that billing in 2017 but the scores from the critics are uniformly good and if we were judging Lafite 2017 on their scores then one would expect it to be very much higher up the list.

Martin, at least, considers Lafite the best first growth in 2017 “by a whisker”.

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