Region 'Saint-Emilion and Pomerol' - Year 2007
|keep||Mixed results, but some charming wines for early drinking: aromatic, lightly fruity, and with fines tannins.|
Rare for Bordeaux, both the Right and Left Bank had the same story: the warmest April for half a century, high rainfall in May which got the vines off to an early and vigorous start, and very early flowering, one of the earliest on record. Then June, July and August ushered in a period of wet, mildew-loving weather that only constant work in the vineyards with state-of-the-art technology was able to deal with.
The autumn ripening was so necessary that most Right Bank châteaux resisted picking, grabbing every day of sun they could get. The Merlot ripened quickly but in most cases repaid waiting - at least until mid-September - while the Cabernet Franc came into its own in early October.
Mildew aside, the real problem with the vintage was getting the grapes properly ripe. In Saint-Emilion, those grapes that achieved ripeness have provided an attractive red fruit expression, those that didn't a vegetal streak. Where produces have gone for over-ripeness, the Merlot often has a dull, flat edge. The Cabernet Franc was generally the more successful, giving a welcome lift to the wines.
Pomerol had a reasonable level of success. The earlier ripening terroir clearly helped, and top estates on the warmer gravely soils of the plateau have produced wines with good colour, supple fruit, charm and early accessibility.
Overall, it was a vintage to aim for the fruit, and not worry too much about lack of weight. With few exceptions, these wines will be drunk before their 10th birthday.
Saint-Emilion: châteaux Le Dome, Ausone, Pavie, Angélus, Pavie-Macquin, Tertre Roteboeuf, Le Carré, Les Astéries. Pomerol: châteaux Lafleur, L’Eglise Clinet, La Conseillante, Petrus, Clos L’Eglise, Vieux Château Certan.