Best red wines for me of the 2007 Vintage were Cabernet Sauvignon based wines in the Medoc. The sunny Autumn ripened the late maturing Cabernet Sauvignon well providing wines with smooth tannins and blackcurrant flavours. The wines were fresh with high levels of acidity and had fresh fruit flavours – light to medium bodied wines for earlier drinking. If prices are not too high these wines will provide a good supply of early drinking wines.
What was imperitive this year was a lot of work in the vineyard to minimise any rot (prevalent due to the wet conditions) and a lot of travaux en vert to maximise aeration and exposure of the sun to the grapes. This costs money and can only be afforded by vineyards with means. It was also imperative to reduce the amount of wine that went into the final blend to make up the concentration that lacked in the vineyard. At Chateau Margaux for example only the very best 32% (a record) of the total wine produced went into the ‘Grand Vin’ .
Merlot was a disappointment this year as the wet Summer meant that the concentration of flavours which happens when the vegetative cycle stops (usually due to lack of water) did not happen. The best Merlots (as always) were on soils that restricted access to the vine of too much water. The best Merlot based wines this year were produced in Pomerol and the Graves of St Emilion.
Undoubtedly the best wines produced this year were the whites. The dry whites were aromatic and fresh with lots of citrus flavours. The better terroirs produced rich white wines with volume and freshness.
The sweet wines built on the white wine success and further added the complexities provided by Botrytis cinerea. Sweet wines produced are elegant and refined with a purity of flavour that marks this as an outstanding sweet wine year. It was these wines that benefitted most from the warm Indian Summer.
2007 Chateau Petit Village: Exotic black fruits, complex with notes of spice and vanilla. Weight of of thick ripe pure fruit balanced with freshness and elegance. 78% Merlot, 16% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Cabernet Franc. 2007 Chateau La Pointe: a real surprise to taste such a fruit focussed wine after the hardness of past wines (under new ownership and managed by Eric Monneret). Spicy wood, abundance of black cherry fruit. Firm structure. 80% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. 2007 Chateau Clinet: Deep in colour. Dense intense blackcurrant fruit. Long finish. 2007 Chateau Gazin: Creamy oak and blackcurrant. Good balance. Smooth tannins and volume of fruit. High percentage of fragrant Cabernet Franc.
2007 Beausejour Becot: Violets and spice on the nose with blackcurrant and caramel on the palate. Medium structure with a soft finish. 70% Merlot, 24% Cabernet Franc, 6% Cabernet Sauvignon. 2007 Balestard la Tonnelle: Fragrant fruit, cream and vanilla, rich and soft on the palate. 65% Merlot, 25% Cabernet France, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. 2007 Chateau Berliquet: Cherry and toast on the nose. Fresh and fruity red fruits with good structure. 80% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. 2007 Chateau Canon-La Gaffeliere: Creamy black fruits on the nose. Soft tannins and concentrated fruit on the palate. Slightly bitter end. 60% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. 2007 Chateau Dassault: Well balanced wine of vanilla and creamy black fruit with high level of acidy providing freshness. 72% Merlot 21% Cabernet Franc 7% Cabernet Sauvignon. 2007 Chateau Figeac: Refined, elegant and restrained. The elements of this wine are already well integrated. Soft and round, fresh fruit flavours on the palate. The Leoville Barton of Saint Emilion? 40% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon. 2007 Chateau Larcis-Ducasse: Incredibly concentrated, amost cherry liqueur like on the nose and palate. Good structure and long finish. 2007 Pavie-Macquin: Smooth blackcurrent sweetness of this well balanced refined wine. 2007 Chateau Troplong-Mondot: Plummy, creamy complex aromas with wonderful concentration and freshness. Slightly harsh finish. 90% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. 2007 Chateau Trottevielle: Smokey coffee, cherry and mint on the nose with soft fleshy cherry fruit and smooth tannins. 50% Merlot, 45% Cabernet Franc, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon
For tasting notes for the following wines see separate individual entries
St Julien: 2007 Leoville Barton: , 2007 Chateau Langoa-Barton, 2007 Chateau Beychevelle
Margaux: 2007 Chateau Margaux
Pauillac: 2007 Chateau Pichon Comtesse, 2007 Chateau Pichon Baron
Sauternes: 2007 Chateau d’Yqeum, 2007 Chateau Sigalas Rabaud, 2007 Chateau Suiduraut
Pessac Leognan: REDS 2007 Haut Brion, 2007 La Mission Haut Brion, 2007 Pape Clement
Pessac Leognan: WHITES 2007 Haut Brion, 2007 Laville, 2007 Pape Clement