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Wine Spectator: Bordeaux’s 2017 Futures Campaign Picks Up Speed

June 13, 2018

The 2017 Bordeaux futures campaign has hit the gas pedal this week. Château Mouton-Rothschild released its 2017 futures yesterday at 348 euros per bottle ex-négociant, a 17.1% decrease on the 2016 release price. It is selling at leading U.S. retailers for $504 a bottle, or $6,048 a case, an 8% decrease on the 2016 and nearly $100 less than the 2015. Château Mouton-Rothschild is the first of Bordeaux’s five first-growths to enter the futures campaign.

Several other top names released yesterday at more attractive prices. Léoville Las Cases released its first tranche of 2017 at 144 euros a bottle ex-négociant, down 20% on the 2016 release. Leading U.S. retailers are offering it for about $208 a bottle, $2,496 a case, a 14% drop from 2016.

Pontet-Canet released its 2017 at 80 euros per bottle ex-négociant, down 26% on the 2016 release. With the current exchange rate, the average U.S. retail price is $116 a bottle, $1,392 a case, 14% less than the 2016 release price. Those releases followed the entry of Château Pichon Longueville Lalande and Château Gruaud-Larose among others to the futures campaign last week. Wine Spectator has full coverage of Bordeaux’s 2017 futures campaign on its website.

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