It’s always interesting when we get back from the Bordeaux trip to have a look around and see how other people have reviewed the vintage. The appraisal seems pretty consistent this year – great for whites and Sauternes, less so for reds although some soft, appealing wines have been made.
Some interesting links if you’d like more coverage:
- Decanter.com (the website of Decanter magazine) has excellent coverage from Steven Spurrier, James Lawther MW, Beverley Blanning MW, David Peppercorn MW and Stephen Brook. For a very good summary, see this news article.
- James Suckling of The Wine Spectator is always the first major journalist with scores for the vintage. You’ll need a subscription to read his review of the vintage.
- You’ll also need a subscription to read all of the news on the JancisRobinson.com, but you should be able to read about the real story of the week as Jancis and Robert Parker let bygones be bygones…
- You’ll find Parker’s take and a few other views on his forum.
So what’s next for Bordeaux 2007? Well, we’ve had a busy old time since we got back from France with a major new promotion launching on majestic.co.uk in just an hour or so (sneaky hint: Spanish wine fans are going to be very happy), so haven’t had much time to debrief. However, we aim to have published a full Vintage Report and wish list along with our own scores by the end of this week, so stay tuned.
One final point which I meant to mention last week (it must have slipped my mind, which is the problem with blogging just as dinner is served!) is that the few properties where we were able to taste the 2007 alongside the 2006 highlighted that at current rates of exchange our remaining 2006 wines are beginning to look seriously good value. A few highlights:
- Château Plince – a lesser-known property run by J.P. Moueix of Pétrus fame; Pomerol was the vintage’s best appellation and £150 for a case of this looks like a genuine bargain.
- Ditto Certan-de-May – £260 and 91-94 Parker Points…
- Château Haut-Batailley is the sister estate of Grand-Puy-Lacoste and the 2006 was a delicate, classic Pauillac that features on the 2006 purchase list of several Majestic folk.
- Langoa-Barton tasted superb alongside the 2007, and was nearly of the stellar standard of the 2005. Your for just £300 in-bond.
- I’m frankly astonished that we have any of the lovely 2006 Léoville-Poyferré and the high-scoring Pontet-Canet left.
- Nothing we tasted this year matches up to last year’s stunning wine of the vintage, La Mission Haut-Brion.