Pessac-Léognan 2017

We will be updating this page with full tasting notes on the 2017 vintage, written by our Master of Wine, Nicola Arcedeckne-Butler MW over the coming weeks. Prices will be included as wines are released so please keep re-visiting the site for the latest news. To request a wine, simply click on the wine name to send us an e-mail, or for an immediate response, please contact your salesman directly (details below) or call the office on 01353 721 999.

Please note that orders will be confirmed in writing in the form of our invoice.

Pricing: Prices are £ per case of 12 bottles, in bond London, unless otherwise specified. Please note that this includes shipping to the UK and landing in our warehouse but does not include Duty, VAT and onward delivery once the wine is shipped.

Wines offered may be subject to allocation and an offer does not constitute a guarantee of supply. Please let us know which wines you would like to purchase as soon as you can and we will come back to you if we are unable to fulfil your order.


Domaine de Chevalier Rouge, Pessac-Léognan 2017
Deep purple black, semi opaque; on the nose gorgeously spiced toasty black fruits, grilled and rich, really alluring, violets, floral; the palate has substantial fruit and an orange peel note, rich and fresh with big but ripe and supple tannins, lovely intensity and well balanced right to the end. Drink 2023 - 2033+


La Chapelle de la Mission Haut Brion 2017
49.2% Merlot, 8.9% Cabernet Franc, 41.9% Cabernet Sauvignon
Deep red black right to the rim, vibrant, with a nose of lovely soured black fruits, creamed and fresh, sweet and succulent, with some grilled tarry notes. Deliciously fresh, juicy, crunchy black fruits on the palate, primary and beautifully poised, with some firmer tannins behind, some spice and quite marked acidity too, but with really good depth, freshness and structure to a long finish. Well made.


6 per case

Le Clarence de Haut Brion, Pessac-Léognan 2017
55% Merlot, 5.3% Cabernet Franc, 38% Cabernet Sauvignon, 1.7% Petit Verdot
Deeper purple black right to the rim with a nose of more complex black fruits, savoury, blackcurrants and plummy too, mineral and stony, rich. On the palate the substantial black fruits are cooler and more linear than Chapelle, the tannins more complex and supple, masked by the fruit, really rich and cool, with firm structure but good balance. Fresh, vibrant, intense and really racy to a long, grilled finish. Utterly delicious.


6 per case

Château Haut Bailly, Grand Cru Classé, Pessac Léognan 2017
60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot, 4% Cabernet Franc
Despite the frost, Haut Bailly produced a pretty classic blend. Deep red black with a nose of concentrated black fruits, some grilled notes, quite muted with some black cherry notes, leading to a palate of rich black fruits, soft and supple on entry, really sweet and layered with tannins ripe and supple behind; some mineral notes and juicy, cool fruit, poised, fresh and racy. Long and delicious. Drink 2029 - 2037
Château Haut Brion, 1er Cru Classé, Pessac Léognan 2017
53% Merlot, 6.3% Cabernet Franc, 40.7% Cabernet Sauvignon
Deep purple black but less opaque than La Mission and very different in style. More evolved black fruits on the nose, some mineral and stony notes, and smoky too; on the palate huge black fruit on entry, smooth and sweet, intense, supple and almost saline, really rich and powerful but also beautifully restrained with perfumed, sweet cherry on the finish, fresh acidity and a very distant grilled note, although the wood is totally in abeyance.


6 per case

Château La Mission Haut Brion, Pessac Léognan 2017
56% Merlot, 4.4% Cabernet Franc, 39.6% Cabernet Sauvignon
Deeper purple black, opaque to the rim with a fabulously intense nose of grilled black fruits, savoury, layered, really focused and stunning, leading to an intense palate of smoky black fruits, not exotically spiced but really linear and directional, rich and fresh with some almost leafy notes, the big tannins ripe and supple, but hugely structured to a spiced, perfumed finish. This is a very big wine with racy acidity and destined for a long life. Fabulous.


6 per case

Château Pape Clément, Grand Cru Classé de Graves, Pessac-Léognan 2017
Deep red black to rim, with nose of grilled new wood, black currant fruit with some crème pâtissière notes, alluring and with good definition. Substantial black fruit on the palate, smooth on entry, with big, supple tannins and extract but well-balanced, sweet, grilled and tarry with a hint of cedar and a lovely savoury, mouth-watering character going to a long, fresh finish. Perhaps not as layered as usual but a well-made wine. 2025 – 2035+


La Parde Haut Bailly, Pessac Léognan 2017
65% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon
Deep red black, quite intense, to the rim; on the nose rich black fruit, vinous with some sappy black fruit and grilled new wood too, leading to a palate of lovely succulent sweet black fruit, much more alluring than the nose implies, balanced between tannins and fruit; some red cherry / cherryade flavours, succulent and mouth-watering on the finish, possibly a little light on the end. Drink 2025 - 2032
Château Picque Caillou, Pessac Léognan 2017
65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot; 12 months in barrel of which 38% was new oak, 42% were 1 year old barrels and the balance two year old barrels.
Deep purple black but not opaque, with a nose of very sweet red black fruit, creamed and fresh, brambly and leafy, leading to a palate of more brambly black fruit, juicy and supple with toasty, grilled notes behind the rich red fruit, with lively acidity and a really lovely long elegant finish. Deceptively approachable. 2023 - 2033+
Château Smith Haut Lafitte, Grand Cru Classé Pessac Léognan 2017
High toast barrels.
Deep, semi-opaque to the rim with a gorgeous nose of spiced and aromatic black cherry fruit, rich, intense and deliciously alluring, with a dense, rich palate of spiced mulberry and black cherry fruit, gorgeous, with massive ripe and creaky tannins going to a layered, spiced, fresh finish. Good wine! Drink 2028 - 2040


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** Wines offered may be subject to allocation and an offer does not constitute a guarantee of supply. Please let us know which wines you would like to purchase as soon as you can and we will come back to you if we are unable to fulfil your order. Please call us on 01353 721 999 for availability of wines on allocation. The 2017 wines will be shipped in the Spring of 2020.

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Larger formats or half bottles may be available for a supplement.
If you would like your wine bottled in a format other than 75cl please request this at the time of order and we will enquire if this is possible with the château. Our supplement for magnums in the 2017 vintage is £10 per case and for half bottles is £15 per case.


Please note that orders will be confirmed in writing in the form of our invoice.

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