The Médoc was hit by two cold snaps. On the evening of April 29th, Liversan suffered slight losses due to frost. Hit or not… The vineyard caught cold but escaped freezing, and only later in the season did we notice the delay, or even the loss, of fruit on 10 hectares of vineyards.
We realised how lucky we were compared to other vineyards in the area. May and June brought no surprises with fine flowering. Liversan soils warmed up faster than those of Hanteillan. The vine cycle was set to be shorter.
Despite a bad summer, ripening went smoothly; tannic potential was set to be good, without any excesses. Grape picking was sound but rather late, with Liversan’s warm soil adapting more easily to these average conditions.
From the vine to the glass
The vintage is characteristic of a cold year, with no specific events. Clay soils were not at their best, while lighter soils were packed with surprises up to bottling.
As in 2016, maturing in wood was favoured. Here too, we relied on the wine to improve during maturing. Finally, we bottled only 200 hectolitres less than in 2016, a year of reference… 2017, a tricky vintage, proved to be a real success for Liversan.
“Deep young red, more expressive and better depth of fruit, much better style and more fruit on the middle palate, good 2020-25.” 90/100.
Steven Spurrier’s Tasting Note, Wine Critic.