From the archives: my en primeur report on Bordeaux 2007 for Wine & Spirit magazine. I’ve backdated the post to the time it was published.
“Our man in Bordeaux, Gavin Quinney, tasted over 550 wines in late March and early April during the annual trade tastings of the 2007 vintage. Here is his report.”
2007 is a fair to good vintage for red wines, with no shortage of well-made, attractive wines from the best châteaux at all levels. There are, however, few really outstanding wines.
It is an excellent vintage for sweet whites, with the top estates in Sauternes and Barsac producing their best wines since 2001, and the best should be worth seeking out en primeur as futures. 2007 is also a very good vintage for dry whites, especially those made from sauvignon blanc from better vineyards.
For the reds, hundreds of châteaux on the Right Bank made supple, early maturing, easy drinking wines from merlot and a dash of cabernet franc. Pomerol performed best of all, with lovely, quaffable wines, and many estates across Saint Emilion and beyond, in the Cötes and in Fronsac, produced very good, tasty reds by not overdoing it. Enormous, oil-slick wines are less fashionable these days. Keep reading