Médoc and Graves, 2007

The 2007 Bordeaux vintage was originally written off by many critics. It was, however, an irregular year with some very good wines, but many over-extracted or green wines with poor structure. In general, those top châteaux who worked hard and spent money in the vineyards produced the best wines: soft, fruity and silky textured, and a good early drinking vintage for consumers not investors.

The chilly summer months with cloudy skies and drizzle in June, July and August caused slow ripening, and spraying was necessary to prevent oidium and mildew. Those châteaux that paid (and could afford to) meticulous attention in the vineyards, including regular passes removing mouldy and rotten fruit fared the best. The harvest was saved from disaster by a warm September and October.

The wines

Unlike 2005 and 2006, Bordeaux’s Cabernet-based wines were made for early drinking, some as early as 2010. Pauillac’s first growths, which were brutal in their selection process, produced soft, fruity wines. Saint-Estèphe was a little disappointing, although Montrose and Cos d'Estournel continued to shine. Saint-Julien showed excellent consistency across many châteaux as ever, proving that good winemakers can make very good wines in all conditions. 

In the southern Médoc, Margaux’s top producers again showed the excellent progress that this appellation has made over the last decades, now accounting for some sensational wines. In Graves and the Pessac-Léognan the real stars were the white wines with some truly great wines being made.

Médoc and Graves, 2007

The 2007 Bordeaux vintage was originally written off by many critics. It was, however, an irregular year with some very good wines, but many over-extracted or green wines with poor structure. In general, those top châteaux who worked hard and spent money in the vineyards produced the best wines: soft, fruity and silky textured, and a good early drinking vintage for consumers not investors.

The chilly summer months with cloudy skies and drizzle in June, July and August caused slow ripening, and spraying was necessary to prevent oidium and mildew. Those châteaux that paid (and could afford to) meticulous attention in the vineyards, including regular passes removing mouldy and rotten fruit fared the best. The harvest was saved from disaster by a warm September and October.

The wines

Unlike 2005 and 2006, Bordeaux’s Cabernet-based wines were made for early drinking, some as early as 2010. Pauillac’s first growths, which were brutal in their selection process, produced soft, fruity wines. Saint-Estèphe was a little disappointing, although Montrose and Cos d'Estournel continued to shine. Saint-Julien showed excellent consistency across many châteaux as ever, proving that good winemakers can make very good wines in all conditions. 

In the southern Médoc, Margaux’s top producers again showed the excellent progress that this appellation has made over the last decades, now accounting for some sensational wines. In Graves and the Pessac-Léognan the real stars were the white wines with some truly great wines being made.

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