US wine critic James Suckling has released his last batch of notes for the 2016 barrel samples, hailing the year as decidedly a Left Bank one.
Ever heard about Petrus' second label or Château Cheval Blanc's commemorative 'Clos du Cheval Blanc'? You shouldn't have because neither exists, but that did not stop them from making an appearance at the Chengdu Wine Fair.
Normally a mainstay of any en primeur campaign with pricing judged to be fair, the first growths stumbled this year.
Which fine wines might be poised to go up a gear in 2017 and reward the canny investor? There are plenty of picks in Bordeaux, California and Italy still.