2007 Bordeaux Round-up

Yesterday, I tasted about 60 wines from the 2007 vintage of Bordeaux at the Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux tasting here in New York. Here’s my scouting report:

Overall, as many winemakers told me yesterday, it was a tough vintage with less than ideal weather, and I think it showed in the wines. As a result, the wines for the most part show a cooler-climate flavor profile. This resulted in good white wines which benefitted from having a racy adicity, but the red wines are a bit ungenerously fruited overall. The Bordeaux dessert wines are quite good. 

Prices on 2007 Bordeaux are a bit unrealistically high right now, but it’s widely expected that prices will come down eventually given the weakness of the vintage and the current economic conditions.  There are other vintages available at retail that offer better quality, including 2005 and 2006 (which I will also be posting a report on soon), so smart shoppers will want to put their budget toward those vintages, or otherwise choose carefully from among the 2007s when prices come down.  Here are my wines to look out for:

Under $30

2007 Chateau Chasse-Spleen – One of my favorite value picks in Bordeaux, this chateau has a reputation for being good year in and year out, and 2007 is no exception. This wine shows good fruit and classic Left Bank graphite to give it some bass notes. When you figure in the modest price of this wine (about $25), this is a fantastic achievement for the vintage. This motivated me to ask owner Mme. Celine Villars-Foubet to do a brief interview with me on the spot, which she kindly did with great aplomb. Look for the video in a future episode right here soon!

2007 Chateau D’Angludet – this is a nice little QPR pick (about $28) from
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Episode 11: Lopez de Heredia, and preserving leftover wine

Today’s episode features one of the wines that got my obsession with wine started – the Vina Bosconia from one of my all-time favorite wineries, R. Lopez de Heredia. Also, some quick tips on how to save leftover wine and keep it fresh, without buying any of those pump or argon gas gadgets!

Lopez de Heredia Bosconia Reserva Rioja 2001 Review from Amateur Wino on Vimeo.