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Bordeaux 2007 tops Decanter best-value list

Two Bordeaux 2007 wines have claimed first and second place in Decanter's list of best-value wines from 2010, despite general disappointment with the 2007 vintage.

Topping the chart was Château Croizet-Bages, Pauillac, 2007, (£15.50), lauded for its ‘spice, berries, herbaceous aromas, and involving finish’.

In second place was Château Marquis d’Alesme, Margaux, 2007 (£20), ‘a wine of weight, opulence, and flavour’. Both were reviewed in the Médoc Cru Classes 2007 tasting in Decanter’s November issue.

Decanter Editor Guy Woodward said there are bargains to be had in 2007, due to it being an ‘unfashionable’ vintage.

‘With the 2009s – and most likely the 2010s – slipping further from the reach into the financial stratosphere, these ‘lesser’, more widely available vintages offer renewed interest,’ he said.

The best-value 100 is made up of 4 or 5 star wines priced below the average price point in their panel tasting. The difference by which they fell below this average price was combined with their tasting score to generate the final score and ranking of the list.

Other noteworthy additions to the list include two Cabernet Sauvignons from top-end producers – Trefethen 2006 from the Napa Valley and Casa Lapostolle 2008 from Chile’s Colchagua Valley.

A number of top French names also made the list including Maison Chapoutier’s La Bernadineand and Joseph Drouhin’s Gevery-Chambertin, Burgundy 2007.

The full best-value 100 list appears in the December issue of Decanter, on sale today.

Written by Regine Lee

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