Bright fruit, soft tannins and intense acidity: that\u2019s the summary for the reds of Bordeaux\u2019s 2017 vintage. Concentrated and beautifully ripe is the summary for the excellent whites and superb dessert wines.\r\n\r\nIt just isn\u2019t the greatest year for Bordeaux\u2019s best. Growers and buyers\u2014gathered these past few days for the annual En Primeur barrel tasting marathon\u2014agree the 2017 wines are not like the exceptional 2015 or 2016 vintages. It has been fascinating and it has often been fun, but electrifying moments have been few and far between.\r\n\r\nThere have been some good surprises, such as the wines from the Right Bank\u2019s Saint-\u00c9milion appellation. Estates that did not lose crop from the April frosts did end up producing wines with generous fruit and perfumed Cabernet Franc. The M\u00e9doc\u2019s Pauillac and Saint-Julien appellations had successes in the world of Cabernet Sauvignon. As always, the best terroirs made the best wines, a fact that really showed in 2017.\r\n\r\nThen comes the question of if, and what, you should buy? Los Angeles wine specialist Andre Holmes rated the 2017 vintage \u201cmuch better than I expected. But last year  was incredible.\u201d He added, \u201cI am not sure I will be buying.\u201d\r\n\r\nMy advice is that you should buy if you really want a particular wine (i.e. you\u2019ve been a loyal follower of a specific chateau for years). Keep in mind, that wine could be in short supply because of smaller quantities this year. And why not buy if you are curious to taste wines where the traditional blend has been radically altered due to crop loss?\r\n\r\nAnthony Delsener, president\u00a0of\u00a0A.H.D. Vintners in Detroit, says, \u201cThe tragedy is [the lower] quantities and with reduced wine, how can you sell for less?\u201d To sell, practically speaking, prices should be moderate, especially when Bordeaux\u2019s biggest market, the U.S., has a waning dollar.\r\nEuropean Editor Roger Voss reports live from Bordeaux En Primeur to talk about his recommendations on what vintages you should buy.\r\n\r\n\r\nWhat would I do? Wait until the wine is in bottle. Many importers who normally make big en primeur offerings will restrict their listings of this vintage. Instead, buy more of the 2015 and 2016 bottlings and then wait until the 2018\u00a0vintage is released.\r\n\r\nNow, let\u2019s end this week on a high note. The experience of tasting these new wines fresh from the barrel is always a revelation. Evan Hansen of Detroit\u2019s Selden Standard and first-time en primeur visitor says, \u201cIt is very exciting to refine my own palate and focus in on the wines in a way you never can when you taste in bottle back home. It is a great opportunity for us to bring things into the market that aren\u2019t typically available in Detroit.\u201d\r\nMy Wine of the Bordeaux Vintage 2017\r\nA Wine of the Vintage has to be a standout by definition. In tasting, it has to sing and shout.\r\n\r\nFor me, that wine was Ch\u00e2teau L\u00e9oville-Barton in Saint-Julien. It is proof that one of the M\u00e9doc\u2019s finest vineyards can always produce a great wine, even in a lesser vintage. It is a star in 2017\u2019s lightly populated firmament.\r\n\r\nCh\u00e2teau L\u00e9oville Barton 2017 Barrel Sample (Saint-Julien); 95-97 points. This is an impressive wine, full of both plush fruit and firm tannins. It is rich, generously structured supporting layers of ripe black fruits. It is concentrated, yet elegant with a full mouthfeel. This is a wine to age. Drink this major wine from 2024.\r\nTen of my favorite wines of the 2017 Bordeaux vintage\r\nRed Wines\r\nCh\u00e2teau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande 2017 Barrel Sample (Pauillac); 95-97 points.\u00a0Certainly a fine wine, this has ripe tannins that are balanced by the fine, black fruits. With its smoky and black currant character, it has the structure for aging, as well as the attractive fruitiness of the vintage. Drink from 2024.\r\n\r\nVieux Ch\u00e2teau Certan 2017 Barrel Sample (Pomerol); 95-97 points.\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\nCh\u00e2teau B\u00e9lair-Monange 2017 Barrel Sample (Saint-\u00c9milion); 95-97 points.\u00a0Structured and dense, this wine has power, rich fruit and layer upon layer of firm tannins. It has power while also having elegance and the balance that is a characteristic of the vintage. The juicy finish introduces some freshness to this very fine wine. It will age over many years; don't drink before 2025.\r\n\r\nCh\u00e2teau Pavie 2017 Barrel Sample (Saint-\u00c9milion); 95-97 points.\u00a0This wine has a fresh lift that prior releases didn't necessarily boast. That freshness lends elegance to the wine, coupled with the fine fruity richness of the terroir. It is finely structured and cut by great acidity and spice. Drink from 2026.\r\n\r\nCh\u00e2teau Durfort-Vivens 2017 Barrel Sample (Margaux); 93-95 points.\u00a0Firmly tannic, but also rich in ripe black-fruit tones, this is going to be a fine wine as it develops. The pure berry flavors shine through the structure and acidity. Drink from 2024.\r\n\r\nCh\u00e2teau Larose-Trintaudon 2017 Barrel Sample (Haut-M\u00e9doc); 91-93 points.\u00a0Intense and with fine concentration, this wine that comes from a vineyard just outside Pauillac is a good summary of the vintage: It has accessible black fruits, ripe tannins and plenty of juicy acidity. Drink from 2022.\r\nWhite Wines\r\nCh\u00e2teau Malartic-Lagravi\u00e8re 2017 Barrel Sample (Pessac-L\u00e9ognan); 94-96 points.\u00a0Rich and warm, this generous wine balances a strongly mineral texture and acidity with ripe quince, apple and pear flavors. It is a wine for aging, likely to be ready to drink from 2023.\r\n\r\nCh\u00e2teau Latour-Martillac 2017 Barrel Sample (Pessac-L\u00e9ognan); 92-94 points.\u00a0This is a classic wine, lightly herbal, textured, crisp in acidity and with an undertow of ripe yellow fruits. It will age well. Drink from 2023.\r\nDessert Wines\r\nCh\u00e2teau Coutet 2017 Barrel Sample (Barsac); 95-97 points.\u00a0This wine shows great balance and poised elegance. Its botrytis fruit gives it rich intensity, with a ripe orange-marmalade flavor and layers of tight acidity. This will be a wine for serious aging and not ready to drink before 2024.\r\n\r\nCh\u00e2teau de Fargues 2017 Barrel Sample (Sauternes); 94-96 points. A fine wine, with great richness and botrytis flavor, this is opulent and full-bodied, with flavors of ripe apricot and bitter orange marmalade that's hit by ample acidity. All these elements produce a fine structure that will let it age for many years. Drink from 2025.\r\n\r\nSee more en primeur barrel tasting ratings and reviews.\r\n\r\n\r\nLearn more about Roger Voss' first impressions of En Primeur in Day One coverage.\r\n\r\nLearn about the unique blends at En Primeur in Day Two coverage. \r\n\r\nRead about which white and dessert wines shined at En Primeur in Day Three coverage. \r\n\r\nFollow @wineenthusiast on Instagram #WEtasteBDX #EnPrimeur for more of my updates from the frontlines.