Saint-Émilion & Pomerol, 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

The best châteaux made wines of charm and finesse. Again this required a huge effort in the vineyards and in the cellar. Those that extracted aggressively suffered, failing to recognise the subtlety of the vintage and produced average ‘vegetal’ Bordeaux. Pomerol’s small estates produced very good wines, a number challenging Pétrus. Over in Saint-Émilion, the garage wine movement thrived.

Saint-Émilion & Pomerol, 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

The best châteaux made wines of charm and finesse. Again this required a huge effort in the vineyards and in the cellar. Those that extracted aggressively suffered, failing to recognise the subtlety of the vintage and produced average ‘vegetal’ Bordeaux. Pomerol’s small estates produced very good wines, a number challenging Pétrus. Over in Saint-Émilion, the garage wine movement thrived.

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