I selected these wines as among my favourites for the vintage. They will appear in Gourmet Traveller Wine in Australia, with a vintage overview.
Chateau Angelus, Saint Emilion – The high levels of cabernet franc have made this one of the successes of the appellation in 2007, with fresh aromas on the nose of rich ripe fruits. Flavourful mid-palate and soft tannins with long, silky after-taste. 93-94
Chateau La Conseillante, Pomerol – One of the most consistent appellations in 2007, almost every Pomerol I tasted managed to get the rich, fleshy fruit that was so missing elsewhere. This was one of the best examples. 93-94
Chateau Chantegrive, white Graves – Crisp lemony and grapefruit nose, and focused, almost steely minerality. Refreshing and deceptively simple, very flattering – likely to be good value also. 90-91
Chateau La Lagune, Haut Medoc – Supple and seductive, new oak is a tiny bit dominant, but very pleasing ripe red fruits, and a real lilting freshness. 91.
Chateau Serilhan, Saint Estephe – A real surprise this year. Very flattering, fresh and easy to drink, highlighting many of the early-drinking qualities of 2007. 90
Chateau Giscours, Margaux - In an underperforming appellation for the vintage, the quality for (expected) price is bound to be excellent. Elegant but powerful. 92
Chateau Pontet Canet, Pauillac – As always, this is a reliable bet for excellent quality. Smoky and complex, with deep rich flavours that roll around the mouth. 90
Chateau Leoville Las Cases, Saint Julien – Over-performing super second. intense, yet very fragrant with clean dark fruits on the nose, this belies the general truth that 2007 is not a year for laying down. 92-93
Chateau Climens, Sauternes – A very good year for Sauternes, where the noble rot loved the slow sunny days of September and October. This has great concentration and complex fruits, both exhilaratingly acidic and deeply creamy at the same time. 93
Domaine de Chevalier white, Pessac Leognan – Subtle, floral nose, with soft white flowers and candied lemon on the palate. Very pretty wine. 92