Chateau Batailley

Very herbaceous and minty nose, green notes battling with black currant fruit, bay leaf, marked by green – narrow and compressed entry, palate is full of green herbal tones and shallow fruit, some black fruit but green and a bit extracted right through the finish. (83-84)

Chateau Clerc Milon

Sweet, almost strawberry scented nose with note of leather, creamy milk chocolate, and light oak spices – creamy entry, brightened by soft tannins which are very well integrated into the crisp red fruits, short finish, a bit simple but fresh and fruity. (87-88)

Chateau Croizet-Bages

Leathery and stinky on the nose with notes of dried fruits, freshly tilled earth, and caramel – Slick in the mouth, smooth, very fresh black raspberry fruit, soft ripe fruit tannin with integrated acids, clean and fresh, ends on some raw wood, a touch rustic. (87-88)

Chateau d’Armailhac

Oaky, tomato leaf, wood spice, black currant, black olive – sweet entry, olivy fruit, focused fresh feel to the black fruit in the mouth, properly ripe, nicely balanced, lovely layered feel, earthy and spicy toned mid-palate, good length, very nicely done. (91-92)

Chateau Grand Puy Ducasse

Oaky and almost soapy on the nose, a touch gamy even with a nice pink peppercorn tone – soft in the mouth, a bit indistinct, nice fresh tannins, very little follow through, nice tobacco and ripe herb tones on the finish though. (85-86)

Chateau Haut-Bages-Liberal

Woodsy, herbal, sweet wood swimming in sweet, plummy fruit – powerful and yet soft with well integrated structure blanketed but rich, slightly extracted feeling fruit, it’s really lovely with just enough rigid structure to keep it from getting cloying, tight on the finish but with sneaky length and excellent balance, a crowd pleaser. (91-92)

Chateau Lynch Bages

Herbaceous with green tobacco on the tight, slightly hard, woody nose – tight on entry, focused with juicy, ripe tannins, bright acid, polished if a touch lean on the mid-palate, yet full of ripe fruit on the backend, needs some time but everything is here and in proportion. (87-88)

Chateau Lynch-Moussas

Slightly herbaceous with rich, dark cherry fruit with an underlay of ripe tomato and aromatic wood - soft entry, shows surprisingly evolved fruit, nice tannins, simple but pleasant. (83-84)

Chateau Baron Pichon-Longueville

Quite floral on the nose and quite complex with notes of pencil lead, smoke, black currant, vanilla, and green olive – soft in the mouth, tannins turn a touch stiff on the mid-palate, almost elegant with a silky overall feel, nicely balanced, good focus and fine length to the fresh black fruit. (91-92)

Chateau Pichon-Longueville Comtesse de Lalande

Perfumed nose, floral with violets then tobacco, slight underlay of ripe herbaceous tones, lovely elegant feminine nose with suggestions of crisp red fruits – Light in the mouth, elegant, bright and pure fruit, uncomplicated feeling, truly ripe tannins, silky, so fine and elegant in the mouth, deceptive, has really good richness to it and power with a long, fine complex finish that shows just a suggestion of herbaciousness. (93-94)

Chateau Pontet-Canet

Lots of oak on the nose with big notes of candied cinnamon spice, red fruits, citrussy tones and hints of sandalwood and even some exotic guava tones – a bit thick on entry, seamless if still showing strong oak influences, lots of jammy fruit, black currant, crème de cassis, acids are b a bit spiky, tannins are powdery and raw on the moderately long finish. (89-90)

Saint – Estephe

Chateau Cos Labory

Very oaky, smoky, dried tomato, menthol, licorice, a touch pruny with cocoa notes – sweet, really sweet like pastry glaze, soft and weighty in the mouth, has plenty of rich fruit but too much extracted, dry tannin too, lots of depth to the honey and cocoa tinged dark fruit but those tannins clamp down quickly on the short finish. (87-88)

Chateau De Pez

Earthy and even a little poopy on the nose with smoky shale tones and hints of green peppercorn accenting the subtlely sweet black fruit – nice and chunky on entry, fine balance with soft tannins and integrated acids in balance with the nicely intense ripe fruit, nice purity to the fruit, not big on the backend but shows good length. (89-90)

Chateau Lafon Rochet

Chalk dust, pencil lead, spicy red fruits, wild raspberry with a touch of bramble – nice plush entry, good focus with ripe red fruits, nicely earthy mid-palate, tannins build on the back end with layered fruit and mineral notes, tannins are crisp and offer nice bite in the mouth but cut the finish a bit short, very solid though. (89-90)

Chateau Ormes de Pez

Smoky and autumnal on the nose with rich brambly fruit, dried herbs, slightly gamy notes that frame the lovely perfumed core of wild berry fruit, - gently elegant entry, transparent fruit, mouthwatering acids, fresh and crisp feeling, to the red currant fruit with hints of juniper, not a powerhouse but elegant, balances fruit and mineral note through the moderately long finish. (89-90)

Chateau Phelan Segur

Herbaceous and vegetal on the nose with an underlying woody sweetness – indistinct in the mouth with nice richness but not much focus, acid is acceptable, tannins really build up, sort of just lays across the palate. (81-82)

A word about scoring

Many people have written me to remark that my scores for these 2007 Bordeaux seem quite high. I would respectfully agree but just wanted to add a few details about my scoring of wine. I try to score conservatively, and generally against the potential of the vintage as opposed to any other vague absolute scale of quality. I tend to enjoy some delicacy in many wines, and thus may be more forgiving of the high acid, slightly under-ripe nature of vintages such as 2007 in Bordeaux. That being said, I have no agenda with my reviews, they are what they are and I urge you to take them as such. Any wine review is simply a snapshot of that bottle of wine at that given time and place. So many things affect our experience with a wine that extrapolating too much out of a wine review would be much like writing a film review after seeing a few frames, or writing a book review after reading just a few pages.