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Bordeaux 2007 - part I

by Tom Cannavan

Top Tens

Ten Best Wines - Top 10 Potential Values

Ten Best Wines


Very tough to narrow this down to 10. There are others wines that scored as high a mark as some included here, but this is a personal list of my 10 best wines - the ones I'd like to have in my cellar if money was no object.

Château Suduiraut (Sauternes) 2007
92% Semillon, 8% Sauvignon Blanc, five passes through the vineyard, first two brought in dried berries, last three had Botrytis. Quite nutty and resinous at first, with some juicy nectarine. Honey starts to come through. Just an absolutely beautiful palate, with gorgeous weight and elegance, the botrytis perfectly clean and opulent, the glace lemon and orange fruit bright and harmonious, and the acidity poised and fine. 94/100

Château Pétrus 2007
Pétrus adds a fascinating gravel and very gently meaty edge to powerful black fruit. There is terrific concentration and intensity here. On the palate this has a very composed, harmonious but grippy character, with extremely taut tannins and acidity, and the fruit tightly-packed and layered. Not so giving as the Trotanoy, but has obvious gravitas. 95/100

Trotanoy (Pomerol) 2007
Similar concentration to the Certan, with that kirsch-like, tightly-wound fruit suppleness and taut quality. On the palate there's a sudden flood of fruit sweetness, with the rich cassis and juicy plum depth flooding across the palate, backed by a coffee and chocolate depth. Great length and suave, suede-like presence here. 95/100

Chateau Le Pin (Pomerol) 2007
Big, rich coffeeish nose, with quite exotic, layered scents, and a deep seam of slightly gamy, but ripe, dense black fruit. There's a touch of something floral too. The black fruit is very pure and very precise, with a beautifully delineated tannin and acidity. Not quite the imposing presence that is Pétrus, but simply beautiful wine. 95/100

Cheval Blanc (St Emilion) 2007
Real blue-black fruit intensity with some dustiness, and stylish mineral and gravel notes. On the palate this has lovely flesh and silkiness, but it is a fairly tight, juicy wine with real energy and finesse. A beautiful and fine wine. 95/100

Ausone (St Emilion) 2007
Very kirsch-like, floral lift here, with racy, refined blue-black fruit. An intense mulberry ripeness, all supported by a creamy oak quality. The palate has a lovely red fruit brightness married to a deeper, plummier character that comes through in the plush, silky tannins. 94/100

Château Lafite (Pauillac) 2007
Deep, very dark and blue/black fruit quality. A veneer of oak and just a hint of olive and resin. On the palate this has a linear, tightly-wound core of very serious and structural tannin, though the tannins are ripe and smooth. There is dramatic intensity here, with hints of mocha and liquorice. Quite profound. 94/100

Château Léoville-Barton (St-Julien) 2007
There's a suggestion of minerality and earthy terroir here, and lots of pencil-shaving and blackcurrant finesse. On the palate copious, sweet, rich chocolate-tinged fruit with silky but grippy tannins and fine balance. 94/100

Château Margaux (Margaux) 2007
Intense, ripe, cassis, somehow rather impenetrable at first, but opens out well. Plenty of fruit sweetness, moderate tannins. Not a blockbuster, perfectly in tune with the vintage and the Margaux terroir, very fine. 93/100

Château Lynch-Bages (Pauillac) 2007
Deep, quite coffeed and charry nose of svelte black fruit and just a hint of something herbal and cedary. On the palate this has a lovely balance of juicy freshness with crisp tannins, and a hint of weight and chocolate. 92/100



Ten Potential Best Values


Wines I believe might represent good value for money.

Domaine de Chevalier (Pessac-Léognan) Blanc 2007
Quite a full, waxy note here and intense, ripe nectarine skin fruitiness. Just a touch of orange too. On the palate very intense and quite mineral, with a vivid, pithy acidity too. Seems really quite structured and complex. 91/100

Château Brown (Pessac-Léognan) Blanc 2007
Very attractive, bright, quite tropical fruit with an Ogen melon fruitiness and some cool orchard fruit character. Just a touch of creaminess in the background. On the palate really juicy acidity, with refined, cool fruit that is quite intense, and lovely freshening acidity. 89/100

Château Léoville-Barton (St Julien) 2007
There's a suggestion of minerality and earthy terroir here, and lots of pencil-shaving and blackcurrant finesse. On the palate copious, sweet, rich chocolate-tinged fruit with silky but grippy tannins and fine balance. 94/100

Lynch Bages (Pauillac) 2006
Deep, quite coffeed and charry nose of svelte black fruit and just a hint of something herbal and cedary. On the palate this has a lovely balance of juicy freshness with crisp tannins, and a hint of weight and chocolate. 92/100

Château Langoa-Barton (St Julien) 2007
Quite a lot of creamy new oak and a touch of resinous quality. Deep-set, rich black fruit, with Fine, ripe, supple tannin structure. Becomes quite creamy and opulent into a long, pure finish. 92/100

Château Troplong Mondot (St Emilion) 2007
Quite a refined, elegant black fruit nose, hinting at a tight, muscular density. On the palate deeply set, with firm, liquoricy tannins and plenty of coffeeish oak and dark, plummy fruit. This is another very big, powerful wine, but I find some charm here too. 92/100

Château l'Arrosee (St Emilion) 2007
Lovely sense of richness and roundness here, with an undertow of coffee and plum, and a nice sense of depth. The palate has a similar concentration without over extraction - lovely silky weight and structure into a long, spicy finish. 91/100

Château Haut-Bailly 2007
Lovely meaty fruit, with very nice bramble and black berry fruit. There's an earthiness and richness here, with the mid palate maintaining that rich fruit quality. There's real backbone here, but supple, with spice and grip, and some length. 91/100

Château Beychevelle (St Julien) 2007
Nice black fruit purity. A touch of coffee and a little violet fragrance. Very juicy, tight, blackcurranty fruit on the palate with a certain lithe, juicy svelteness. The tannins are refined and ripe, with some spice in the finish. 90/100

Château d'Aiguillhe (Côtes de Castillon) 2007
Owned by Stefan von Neippberg, very rich, dense black fruit, blackcurrant and plummy, smoky depth the palate has good concentration and extraction, but retains some life and vivacity. Perhaps verging on too much extraction here, but has good fruit too. 87/100

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