Southwold 2017s – right-bank reds

Socially distanced Southwold tasting of 2017s in 2021

The first of three reports on this year's Southwold-on-Thames blind tasting of 2017 bordeaux, more socially distanced than usual as shown above. Tomorrow, the left-bank reds, followed by whites, dry and sweet, on Wednesday. See this guide to our coverage of 2017 bordeaux.

In the days running up to the annual Southwold tasting, a big blind assessment of notable bordeaux at four years old, I always make sure to look back at the vintage conditions, my own notes, and articles published about the campaign at the time. Bordeaux 2017 requires a clear distinction between the wine in the bottle...