Tasting a vintage like 2007 from barrel can become tedious at times. It’s just one good wine after another, but nothing really exciting. It takes some time to uncover the jewels in a vintage like 2007. But every vintage has some bright spots -- those wines that make you understand why you are sticking it out tasting, and why you will remember the young vintage.
One of my highlights of the trip was tasting a barrel sample of d’Yquem, the illustrious Sauternes. I still remember the intensity of fruit, spicy botrytis and vibrant acidity. It is a wild, exotic and electrifying wine. It’s almost shocking to taste due to the contrasts between the ripeness, the sweetness and the zingy acidity. It is most likely a perfect wine, or very, very close. Pierre Lurton, the head of d’Yquem, said that the wine was a cross between 1997 and 1967 – the former for the balance and acidity, and the latter for the power and botrytis spice character.
There are many other outstanding Sauternes in 2007, so check back for my barrel tasting notes in a few days.
Another great moment in my Bordeaux road trip was tasting a sample of 2007 Haut-Brion white. This is a wine that also uses contrasts to its advantage, with a wonderful rich and ripe fruit that delivers close to 14 percent alcohol balancing out a vibrant acidity. Check out my video with Jean-Philippe Delmas, the technical director of Haut-Brion and La Mission Haut-Brion, who also makes the whites of the property Haut-Brion Blanc and Laville Haut-Brion. I wonder, will the 2007 ultimately equal the quality of the perfect 2005 that I scored 100-points?
It’s going to be easy to buy and drink dry whites from Bordeaux in 2007. And the top names will have the structure to age for years ahead. As I said in my video today, the 2007 Haut-Brion white may have been the most structured wine I tasted all trip, even more so than the reds!
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