Saturday, January 30, 2010

UGC Bordeaux - 2007 Pessac-Léognan Blanc

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Tasting 2007 Pessac-Léognan Blanc

From the beginning, the critics have been praising the quality of the dry white wines from 2007 Bordeaux. And for once, it was true. These wines have all the freshness, the intensity, and the purity of a great wine. These wines, however, demand age. At this point, the sauvignon blanc is dominating the blends of the wines that use a large proportion of it - further aging is needed for the semillon to build some weight and texture. Also, the primary flavours are shining, with further complexity still hidden. A great success, across all the producers tasted. If you're still deciding on what wines to buy from 2007 Bordeaux, this is it - you won't be disappointed.

Château Carbonnieux Blanc - tropical fruits, spicy, very long finish, needs time
Domaine de Chevalier Blanc - waxy fruit, great extract, intense, very fresh, great presence
Château de Fieuzal Blanc - oaky, bit reticent now, long finish
Château Larrivet-Haut-Brion Blanc - leaner bouquet, soft in the mouth though, showing a bit awkward
Château Latour-Martillac Blanc - sauvignon is booming, crisp high acid, very spicy finish
Château Malartic-Lagravière Blanc - lots of citrus, high acidity, tart but pure fruit, long finish, a great success
Château Olivier Blanc - tropical fruits, high acidity, fresh, lean, needs time
Château Smith-Haut Lafitte Blanc - creamy oak, fruit a bit reticent, oaky palate, but very refined and polished, spicy finish...oak needs to integrate

Photo courtesy of ROKChoi.

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