It\u2019s En Primeur week in Bordeaux. Wine industry professionals from all over the world have descended on the city and region to taste the latest vintage, 2017. Though it's still in barrel, the wine is already for sale for the trade members who have arrived with their taste buds and checkbooks.\r\n\r\nNormally, this is happy time for Bordeaux wine producers, but this year, they're being asked about the worst frosts since 1945. The cataclysmic weather took place over three nights in late April 2017, after precocious warm spring budding. By the end of the season, production was cut by about 40 percent compared to an average year.\r\nFewer grapes, less wine\r\nOf the top wine regions, the worst hit vineyards were in the Right Bank regions of Saint-\u00c9milion and Pomerol, and in Pessac-L\u00e9ognan, the Graves and Sauternes on the Left Bank.\r\n\r\nSome producers lost their entire crop. Lilian Barton Sartorius, whose family owns Chateaus L\u00e9oville and Langoa Barton in Saint-Julien, lives at another estate, Ch\u00e2teau Mauvesin Barton in Moulis. Though L\u00e9oville and Langoa had no frost, \u201cWe had 100-percent frost at Mauvesin. We just don\u2019t have any wine at all this year.\u201d\r\n\r\nFurther south in Pessac-L\u00e9ognan, Irishman Lochlann Quinn owns Ch\u00e2teau de Fieuzal. \u201cWe lost almost everything. We have made a few bottles because we had grandchildren born in 2017, but we are selling nothing.\u201d He shrugs at the loss from one year, but says, \u201cIf it happens again, I\u2019ll have to start praying.\u201d\r\n\r\nIn Saint-\u00c9milion, Otto Rettenmaier of Ch\u00e2teau la Tour Figeac talked to me of the cold wind that exacerbated the frost. \u201cWe have made 10 barrels, so we have lost 95 percent of normal production.\u201d Twelve of the top estates in Saint-\u00c9milion made no wine at all. Some producers even left town this week to avoid the heartbreak.\r\nLocation, location, location\r\nProducers with estates close to the mile-wide Gironde estuary were possibly saved by their proximity to the water. They include top names in Pauillac, Saint-Est\u00e8phe, Saint-Julien and Margaux. Jos\u00e9 Sanfins, who manages Ch\u00e2teau Cantenac Brown in Margaux told me, \u201cWe had an almost normal crop, just a small amount of damage in random parcels.\u201d\r\n\r\nAt Ch\u00e2teau Pontet-Canet in Pauillac, owner Alfred Tesseron\u2019s daughter Justine Tesseron says, \u201cWe had a bigger crop than usual.\u201d\r\n\r\nWhat\u2019s left is good. Areas where there was no frost have resulted in an overall fine crop of early-drinking wines.\r\n\r\nWhat about prices and your 2017? That\u2019s coming later this week.\r\nEuropean Editor Roger Voss reports live from Bordeaux En Primeur to talk about what areas where hit hardest with frost and the vineyards that no only survived, but thrived.\r\n\r\n\r\nTop wine recommendations from Pomerol and Saint-\u00c9milion\r\nPomerol\r\nCh\u00e2teau la Conseillante 2017 Barrel Sample (Pomerol);\u00a095\u201397\u00a0points.\u00a0This is a very rich wine, with opulent Merlot fruit and generous tannins. There is a spicy, perfumed character to the nose, speaking to the Cabernet Franc in the blend. Fine acidity pierces through the ripe black fruits. It will certainly age well and should be enjoyed after 2023.\r\n\r\nCh\u00e2teau la Fleur-P\u00e9trus 2017\u00a0Barrel Sample\u00a0(Pomerol);\u00a094\u201396 points.\u00a0This fine wine from the central plateau of Pomerol has a beautifully structured character, rich in layers of tannins and black fruits. Juicy and full in weight, it has power and density and great aging potential.\r\n\r\nCh\u00e2teau l\u2019Evangile 2017\u00a0Barrel Sample\u00a0(Pomerol);\u00a093\u201395\u00a0points.\u00a0This dense wine is packed with intense tannins. The secret to the wine, which is 100% Merlot, is not just the structure but the immensely ripe black-plum and -berry fruits that envelope the dry core, lending opulence and richness. The wine has a lift of freshness on the finish. It will age, and should not be opened before 2024.\r\nSaint-\u00c9milion\r\nCh\u00e2teau Ang\u00e9lus 2017\u00a0Barrel Sample\u00a0(Saint-\u00c9milion);\u00a095\u201397 points.\u00a0Big tannins and powerful fruit go together in this finely perfumed wine. It has a smoky backdrop, with intense fruits and juicy acidity. It is so fruity and juicy now, though the tension behind the fruit suggests that it will mature quickly and then be at its peak for many years.\r\n\r\nVieux Ch\u00e2teau Certan 2017\u00a0Barrel Sample\u00a0(Saint-\u00c9milion);\u00a095\u201397\u00a0points.\u00a0Rich yet fresh, this is a beautifully balanced wine. Its tannins act as a support to the great fruit and juicy acidity. Ripe, classic and sophisticatedly rich, it will certainly age well and shouldn't be opened before 2025.\r\n\r\nLe D\u00f4me 2017 Barrel Sample\u00a0(Saint-\u00c9milion);\u00a094\u201396\u00a0points.\u00a0A generously perfumed wine, this has great tannins, spice and intense black fruits on the palate. It's powerful, rich and smoky, fueled as much by its fruit as its tannins. A fine wine for aging; try after 2024.\r\n\r\nCh\u00e2teau Bellevue-Mondotte 2017\u00a0Barrel Sample\u00a0(Saint-\u00c9milion);\u00a093\u201395\u00a0points.\u00a0This wine has great fruit, minerality and a dark, dense texture. It is powerful, rich and concentrated, just hinting at its great potential fruitiness. Give it many years, and certainly try to hold until at least 2025.\r\n\r\nCh\u00e2teau Fonroque 2017\u00a0Barrel Sample\u00a0(Saint-\u00c9milion);\u00a092\u201394\u00a0points.\u00a0This biodynamic estate has produced a rich, dense and generous wine, with solid yet fine tannins and powerful, pure black-fruit flavors. Drink from 2024.\r\n\r\nCh\u00e2teau Poesia 2017\u00a0Barrel Sample\u00a0(Saint-\u00c9milion);\u00a091\u201393\u00a0points.\u00a0Located in the east of Saint-\u00c9milion, this estate was formerly know as Haut-Villet. It is a powerful expression of ripe Cabernet Franc, giving a perfumed character that is already well established in this rich, fruity wine. It should age well, so drink from 2023.\r\n\r\nSee more En Primeur barrel tasting ratings and reviews.\r\n\r\nLearn about the unique blends at En Primeur in Day Two coverage.\r\n\r\n\r\nRead about which white and dessert wines shined at En Primeur in Day Three coverage. \r\n\r\nFind out which wines surprised at En Primeur in Day Four coverage. \r\n\r\nFollow @wineenthusiast on Instagram #WEtasteBDX #EnPrimeur for more of my updates from the frontlines.