Over on Winedoctor today, harvest/vintage reports for the Loire from Charles Sydney, and for Bordeaux from Richard Bampfield and Jean-Christophe-Mau. Meanwhile, my thoughts have been on Bordeaux 2007, following yesterday’s tasting of the vintage with the Union des Grands Crus in London. Pictured below, four chateau representatives, pouring from left to right; Château Haut-Bailly, Château Haut-Bergey, Château La Louvière and Château Larrivet Haut-Brion.
I will publish a full report on the tasting and the wines next week, but for the moment just one soundbite. I spoke to one négociant who described the vintage as “une patate chaude“, a hot potato. Nobody wants to be lumbered with what is a poor vintage characterised by red wines that display leanness and lack of concentration, especially with the potentially more desirable 2009 on the way.
That’s true of the red wines at least. The white Pessacs were better, although a little variable, whereas the Sauternes were uniformly delicious and fresh. Like 1997 (although in a very different style), 2007 is a great vintage for Sauternes when the red wines are largely dismal failures.