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2017 Bordeaux Futures

2017: a classic vintage

In keeping with tradition, En Primeur Week lets us take a privileged look at the 2017 vintage during tastings organized by various estates, as well as by the Union des grands crus de Bordeaux. This year, En Primeur Week takes on new gravity, due to the significant freeze that hit the region at the start of the growing season. Mother Nature had her way with many vineyards, reducing the initially expected volume of grapes. Yet, she didn’t wreck too much havoc in terms of grape quality: the majority of superior terroirs located in more moderate climes were spared her frosty hand.


The Right Bank (Saint-Émilion, Pomerol), was more affected, but still produced quality, albeit more heterogeneous wines, and still has some surprises in store. The Left Bank won our hearts, in particular the Saint-Estèphe, Pauillac and Saint-Julien appellations; Margaux also impressed. Red or white wines from Pessac-Léognan were extremely pleasant! Lastly, Sauterne’s sweet wines charmed with their purity and demonstrated the balance and freshness that ensures their long and promising future.


With the 2017 Bordeaux tasting marathon now behind us, we can firmly state that calling this years’ vintage ‘classic’ is completely apropos. We tasted gourmet, balanced, and elegant wines which also had excellent cellaring potential.


Gilles, Stéphane and Luc




Some of this year’s standouts


36 - Château Larcis-Ducasse Premier Grand Cru Classé- Saint-Émilion Grand Cru

"A classic, signature Saint-Émilion wine from this year’s vintage. It’s noble—who could ask for anything more?"

- Équipe Signature
ES 92-94 coup de cœur | WS 92-95 | JS 94-95


85 - Château Pontet-Canet, Pauillac

"…wonderful freshness and spectacular energy delivering many layers, resulting in a very long, mineral-laced finish."

ES 94-96 coup de cœur | WA 96-98 | JS 95-97


87 - Château Cos D’Estournel Grand Cru Classé- Saint-Estèphe

"…fantastic freshness and tons of energy emitted from the intensely perfumed black fruit layers, finishing on an epically long-lingering mineral note. Truly profound."

ES 93-95 coup de cœur | WA 97-100 | JS 97-98


114 - Domaine de Chevalier Cru classé de Graves– Pessac Léognan

"A double achievement for this estate; a beautiful red and white with pleasing freshness and astonishing body."

- Équipe Signature
ES 92-94 coup de cœur | V 92-95 | JS 96-97


139 - Château Rieussec Premier Cru Classé- Sauternes

"Airy yet complex, it artfully marries freshness, richness, and depth."

- Équipe Signature
ES 94-96 coup de cœur | WA 96-98 | JS 93-94

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What exactly is a future wine?

A Future wine is a wine sold during a preview, before being bottled. This special sale method typical to Bordeaux is launched each spring with a week-long tasting event where journalists, critics and buyers gather to taste the young cuvees, still in barrels, to assess quality and potential. The verdicts of the specialised press, favourable or not, will greatly influence the prices set by the châteaux. Then one by one, estates announce prices for the vintage and international buyers secure rare wines for their markets.

Why buy futures?

A lot of these great wines are often exclusively sold during the Bordeaux Futures because of very small production. This preview sale is therefore a chance for customers to acquire rare bottles. Buying wines before they hit the market is also a way for customers to save on the price increase that naturally occurs during the two years before wines are released for sale, once the barrel aging is complete.




How to order

To purchase the Futures, you must be a member of SAQ Inspire and SAQ Inspire Signature. Contact Customer Service to be signed up. Once a member, you will receive emails when products become available for purchase.



The SAQ experts

Our team of experts traveled to Bordeaux for the Futures week and tasted hundreds of wines to select only the best, the cuvees that really stood out. Their final choices will be available for only purchase very soon; stay tuned.

Luc Rolland
Supply Management Analyst

Trained in viticulture and oenology in Bordeaux, and gifted with an exceptional palate, Luc is the team’s reference-point, and intermediary between Québec wine lovers and purchasing decisions.

Stéphane Leroux
Account Director
Custom Services

Awarded Meilleur sommelier du Québec in 2011, Stéphane has been a buyer and account manager for SAQ Custom Services since 2011. Equipped with outstanding expertise in upper-echelon wines, he’s thrilled to be able to share his passion and knowledge of Bordeaux’s Grand Crus.

Gilles Goulet

A seasoned negotiator and manager, Gilles handles upper-echelon wine purchases, while staying in tune with client needs and variations of the international market.