BORDEAUX 2007 EN PRIMEUR ASSESSMENT

Summary

A good vintage for reds, rather better than anticipated. After an overcast, wet summer the crop was saved by fine weather just before and during harvest. The reds have turned out surprisingly well with many very good wines produced on both banks. Overall, the tannins are a little softer than in 2005 and the alcohols are lower (12.5% at Ch Belair, 13.18% at Ch Pichon-Baron), but this is no bad thing. In general the wines are ripe with good concentration and balanced acidities.

It is a better vintage on the left bank than 2001, 2003 and 2004. Some really good wines were made in the top communes of the northern Medoc; St Julien once again shone out for its consistency. Margaux was less even with its usual share of under-performers and the outer lying areas of the Medoc and Haut Medoc were more of a mixed bag with some meagre wines showing sharp acidity. Choose carefully here.

The vintage seems to favour the right bank where greater consistency is found. 2007 is better than 2002, 2003 and 2004. The wines are deeply coloured, plump and structured. Aside from the three estates that, in my mind, continue to overextract (Ch La Couspaude, Ch Grand Mayne & Ch Larcis Ducasse) the wines are balanced. Acidities are medium to soft and the wines will give much pleasure in the mid-term.

A splendid vintage for the sweet wines of Sauternes and Barsac, better in my view than 2005. High levels of fruit and botrytis coupled to racy acidities (higher than in 2005) have made for compelling wines that will age well. The Barsacs in particular are positively scintillating.

I did not taste the Graves, but reports are that the whites are very fine.

 

RATINGS KEY

                                          *****  Truly great

                                           ****    Outstanding

                                           ***     Very Good

                                           **              Fair / Good

                                           *         Unexciting

                                           (*)      Half Star

 

*****

Ch Angelus (St Emilion)

Ch Lynch Bages (Pauillac)

Ch Pontet Canet (Pauillac)

 

****(*)

Ch Beau Sejour Becot (St Emilion)

Ch Larmande (St Emilion)

Ch Pavie Macquin (St Emilion)

Ch Trottevieille (St Emilion)

Ch Clinet (Pomerol)

La Conseillante (Pomerol)

Ch Lagrange (St Julien)

Ch Langoa Barton (St Julien)

Ch Pichon Longueville Baron (Pauillac)

Ch Nairac (Barsac)

Ch Sigalas Rabaud (Sauternes)

 

****

Ch Belair (St Emilion)

Ch Canon La Gaffeliere (St Emilion)

Clos Fourtet (St Emilion)

Ch Franc Mayne (St Emilion)

Ch La Dominique (St Emilion)

Ch La Tour Figeac (St Emilion)

Ch Troplong Mondot (St Emilion)

Ch Beauregard (Pomerol)

Ch Petit Village (Pomerol)

Ch La Tour Carnet (Haut Medoc)

Ch Cantenac Brown (Margaux)

Ch Giscours (Margaux)

Ch Kirwan (Margaux)

Ch Lascombes (Margaux)

Ch Malescot Saint Exupery (Margaux)

Ch Prieure Lichine (Margaux)

Ch Branaire Ducru (St Julien)

Ch Gruaud Larose (St Julien)

Ch Leoville Barton (St Julien)

Ch Leoville Poyferre (St Julien)

Ch St Pierre (St Julien)

Ch Talbot (St Julien)

Ch Clerc Milon (Pauillac)

Ch d’Armailhac (Pauillac)

Ch Cos Labory (St Estephe)

Ch Lafon Rochet (St Estephe)

Ch Rieussec (Sauternes)

Ch de Fargues (Sauternes)

Ch Rayne Vigneau (Sauternes)

Ch Doisy Daene (Barsac)

Ch Doisy Vedrines (Barsac)

Ch Guiraud (Sauternes)

Ch La Tour Blanche (Sauternes)

Ch Clos Haut Peyraguey (Sauternes)

 

***(*)

Ch Berliquet (St Emilion)

Ch Dassault (St Emilion)

Ch Figeac (St Emilion)

Ch Grand Mayne (St Emilion)

Ch La Gaffeliere (St Emilion)

Ch Gazin (Pomerol)

Ch La Pointe (Pomerol)

Ch Chasse Spleen (Moulis en Medoc)

Ch Clarke (Listrac Medoc)

Ch de Lamarque (Haut Medoc)

Ch Rauzan Gassies (Margaux)

Ch Beychevelle (St Julien)

Ch Haut Bages Liberal (Pauillac)

Ch Rabaud Promis (Sauternes)

Ch Myrat (Barsac)

Ch Coutet (Barsac)

Ch de Malle (Sauternes)

Ch Lafaurie Peyraguey (Sauternes)

Ch Suduiraut (Sauternes)

 

***

Ch Balestard la Tonnelle (St Emilion)

Ch Cap de Mourlin (St Emilion)

Ch Larcis Ducasse (St Emilion)

Ch La Cabanne (Pomerol)

Ch La Croix de Gay (Pomerol)

Ch de Camensac (Haut Medoc)

Ch Cantemerle (Haut Medoc)

Ch La Lagune (Haut Medoc)

Ch Brane Cantenac (Margaux)

Ch Dauzac (Margaux)

Ch Labegorce (Margaux)

Ch Rauzan Segla (Margaux)

Ch Les Ormes de Pez (St Estephe)

Ch Bastor Lamontagne (Sauternes)

 

**(*)

Ch La Couspaude (St Emilion)

Ch Poujeaux (Moulis en Medoc)

Ch Belgrave (Haut Medoc)

Ch d’Angludet (Margaux)

Ch Desmirail (Margaux)

Ch du Tertre (Margaux)

Ch Marquis de Terme (Margaux)

Ch Monbrison (Margaux)

Ch Siran (Margaux)

Ch Batailley (Pauillac)

Ch Croizet Bages (Pauillac)

Ch Grand Puy Ducasse (Pauillac)

Ch Phelan Segur (St Estephe)

Ch Filhot (Sauternes)

 

**

Ch Fonreaud (Listrac Medoc)

Ch Fourcas Dupre (Listrac Medoc)

Ch Fourcas Hosten (Listrac Medoc)

Ch Greysac (Medoc)

Ch Ferriere (Margaux)

Ch Lynch Moussas (Pauillac)

Ch Broustet (Barsac)

Ch Lamothe Guignard (Sauternes)

Ch Romer du Hayot (Sauternes)

 

*(*)

Ch Coufran (Haut Medoc)

Ch La Tour de By (Medoc)

Ch Durfort Vivens (Margaux)

 

*

Ch Citran (Haut Medoc)

 

(*)

Ch Beaumont (Haut Medoc)

 

All wines were tasted at the UGCB tastings held in Bordeaux during April 2008 and are cask samples. The first growths and some of the super-seconds do not participate.

 

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