Ready-to-drink, Biodynamic, Old-school Bordeaux for a Song
Maison Blanche is one of our favorite biodynamic addresses in Bordeaux. It’s also one of our favorite old-school Bordeaux, in a way: at MB they pursue finesse over power and flash, a throwback to the days before flying winemakers and the 100-point rating scale.
2017 is a really good vintage, perhaps just short of being one of the legends like 2005 or 2010.
The 2017s I tasted were delicious. They were balanced and fully ripe. They were transparent, accurately reflecting their respective terroirs. I really, really liked them.
I was recently looking for some guidance on what Burgundy producers to collect and I came across a Top Ten list online. It had some names I had heard of, like Leroy, DRC, Rousseau, Leflaive, Liger-Belair and the like. Great, I thought, I’ll just start filling my cellar with those wines!
Just kidding. Maybe one in a thousand of you out there have enough time and money to put together an all-star Burg collection like that. But the lesson for me is that we need a real top ten list.
What’s the big picture on the 2017 vintage? What’s the one thing I need to know?
At this point, most commentators are saying that they like the vintage very much. We’ll break that down for you in further detail below. It’s also a very abundant vintage. After nearly a decade of below-average yielding vintages, the Burgundians will actually have some wine to sell — the most since 2009.