Bordeaux 2007 - Sauternes & Barsac

by David Peppercorn MW.

The one certain thing in the 2007 Bordeaux vintage is that Sauternes is the only region to have made indisputably great wines. How was it that Sauternes succeeded while others failed? Firstly, it is part of a pattern, so we should not be surprised by the phenomenon – 1967 was one of the all-time greats for Sauternes, but the reds were middling and are now forgotten, while more recently, Sauternes missed out on 2000 but produced a great vintage in 2001. The region laboured under the same weather problems that beset the rest of Bordeaux from May to the end of August. However, because botrytis determines the quality of sweet wines, the district was able to capitalise on the superb autumn weather to a far greater extent than the reds. Botrytis even turned the uneven ripeness into an advantage. The result is that wines have been produced of great concentration, thus very high sugar levels, but also exceptional freshness - because of the cold nights in September - and also great purity of fruit because of the quality of the botrytis. This is a year which is being compared with 2001 for its richness and purity, 1988 for its balance and breed, with sights set on 1967 as the ultimate role model.

Wine name Producer Country Region Vintage

Chateau d'Yquem, 1er Cru Superieur, Sauternes

Chateau d'Yquem N/A N/A 2007

Chateau Climens, 1er Cru Classe, Barsac

Chateau Climens France Bordeaux 2007

Chateau Suduiraut, 1er Cru Classe, Sauternes

Chateau Suduiraut France Bordeaux 2007

Chateau Rayne Vigneau, 1er Cru Classe, Sauternes

Chateau de Rayne Vigneau France Bordeaux 2007

Chateau Rieussec, 1er Cru Classe, Sauternes

Chateau Rieussec France Bordeaux 2007

Chateau Lafaurie-Peyraguey, 1er Cru Classe, Sauternes

Chateau Lafaurie-Peyraguey France Bordeaux 2007

Chateau de Fargues, Sauternes

Chateau de Fargues France Bordeaux 2007

Chateau Filhot, Cru Classe, Sauternes

Chateau Filhot France Bordeaux 2007

Chateau la Tour Blanche, 1er Cru Classe, Sauternes

Chateau La Tour Blanche N/A N/A 2007

Chateau Clos Haut-Peyraguey, 1er Cru Classe, Sauternes

Chateau Clos Haut-Peyraguey N/A N/A 2007

Chateau Sigalas-Rabaud, 1er Cru Classe, Sauternes

Chateau Sigalas-Rabaud N/A N/A 2007

Chateau Guiraud, 1er Cru Classe, Sauternes

Chateau Guiraud [Sauternes] N/A N/A 2007

Chateau Doisy-Vedrines, 2eme Cru Classe, Barsac

Chateau Doisy-Vedrines France Bordeaux 2007

Chateau Coutet, 1er Cru Classe, Barsac

Chateau Coutet [Sauternes/Barsac] N/A N/A 2007

Chateau Caillou, Cru Classe, Sauternes

Chateau Caillou [Sauternes] France Bordeaux 2007

Chateau Rabaud-Promis, 1er Cru Classe, Sauternes

Chateau Rabaud-Promis N/A N/A 2007

Chateau Nairac, Cru Classe, Barsac

Chateau Nairac N/A N/A 2007

Chateau d'Arche, Cru Classe, Sauternes

Chateau d'Arche [Sauternes] N/A N/A 2007

Chateau Bastor-Lamontagne, Sauternes

N/A N/A N/A 2007

Chateau Romer du Hayot, Cru Classe, Sauternes

Chateau Romer du Hayot N/A N/A 2007

Chateau Lamothe-Guignard, Cru Classe, Sauternes

N/A N/A N/A 2007

Chateau Suau, Cru Classe, Barsac

Chateau Suau [Barsac] N/A N/A 2007

Chateau Lamothe, Cru Classe, Sauternes

N/A N/A N/A 2007

Chateau Broustet, Cru Classe, Barsac

Chateau Broustet France Bordeaux 2007

Chateau Doisy-Daene, Cru Classe, Barsac

Chateau Doisy-Daene N/A N/A 2007

Chateau de Malle, Cru Classe, Sauternes

Chateau de Malle France Bordeaux 2007

Chateau de Myrat, Cru Classe, Sauternes

Chateau de Myrat N/A N/A 2007

Chateau Romer, Cru Classe, Sauternes

Chateau Romer France Bordeaux 2007

Chateau Raymond-Lafon

Chateau Raymond-Lafon France Bordeaux 2007