Verite 2017 released

By September 14, 2020Bronze, Fine Wine Market, Italy, Releases

Today marks the release of the 2017 vintage from Verite in the Sonoma Valley.

This is Pierre Seillan’s 20th Verite vintage, and his 50th vintage as a vigneron. For Seillan, “this vintage is one of the five greatest Vérité releases to date”.

For a third consecutive year, La Muse, La Joie and Le Desir are offered as a 3-pack collection case. Verite’s flagship wines have been released at £3840 per 12×75 in the UK, up 2% on the 2016’s release price of £3,760 per 12×75.

La Muse, composed 100% of Merlot, boasts 99 points from The Wine Advocate’s Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW. Perrotti-Brown noted that “stylistically, it stands apart from previous vintages, possessing the same magical intensity, but with less weight and more pop”.

Le Desir – a Pomerol-inspired blend (in 2017, 80% Cabernet Franc, 17% Merlot and 3% Malbec) and Barbara Banke’s favourite –  received 98 points from Perrotti-Brown. In her tasting note, she commented: “The medium-bodied palate (just 13.9% alcohol) is at once powerful and wonderfully elegant, with firm, very fine-grained, exquisitely ripe tannins and bold freshness supporting the red and blue fruit layers, finishing with incredible length and depth”.

Finally, Perrotti-Brown described La Joie 2017 as “particularly elegant but no less impactful” and gave it 98+ points.

The release price of the assortment currently sits above all other recent vintages available in the market, bar the 100-point Muse 2007. The highly scored 2013 in single bottles and the 2015 assortment case both appear of relative value.