Posted January 26, 2010 in Wine, Wine Everywhere
Yesterday I had the opportunity to taste the 2007 Bordeaux at a large annual tasting sponsored by The Union Des Grands Cru de Bordeaux. The 07 vintage is not getting rave reviews but after the tasting, I have to say I was impressed. With the 2000 and the 2005 vintages recieving so much press over the past few years, if a vintage isn’t “the vintage of the century,” it is often seen as a failure. 2007 isn’t an overripe or huge vintage, but it shows great balance now.
We carry a nice collection of older Bordeaux at ENO and I believe most need a few years before they are ready; but it is nice to see a newer release drinking well right out of the gate. The only problem is with the Bordelaise constantly raising the prices regardless of the vintage. The 2007 releases are expected to be slightly higher than the 2006 vintages.
Here are a few highlights from the tasting, starting with the reds:
Ch. Figeac, St. Emilion- concentrated from start to a long finish, with firm tannins and great balancing acidity. This wine shows more ageing potential than most of the 2007s.
Clos Fourtet, St. Emilion- deep espresso and cherry on the nose. Richer on the palatte than expected for the vintage. Pleasantly surprised.
Ch. Clinet, Pomerol- another solid effort with dark cherry and a little funky barnyard. Reliable year in and year out.
Ch. La Conseillante- Excellent to drink right now with tobacco, menthol, cassis, plum, and a kitchen sink of flavors.
Ch. Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande, Pauillac- Perfect right now but potential to age. Chocolate, cherry, sage, and a little dust.
Ch. Pontet-Canet, Pauillac- I’ll skip the notes and just say this- I only came back to one wine before leaving, and it was Pontet-Canet.
Often an afterthought at tastings, the white wines from both Ch. Pape-Clement and Ch. Smith Haut-Lafitte were outstanding. The reds from both houses weren’t far behind.
Ch. Guiraud, Sauternes- usually overshadowed by Yquem, Guiraud is not to be missed.
And one final note- drink your Bordeaux. Investments are great, but wines are meant to be drunk with family or friends. While you wait for the big pay off from your 2005 Bordeaux, crack open an 2007 and enjoy.�