Tasting 2007 Pessac-Léognan Rouge
Going through the red wines of this region was a bit of a different experience. I thought this region fared well, overall. Quite balanced, with a bit more approachable fruit. To me, these are wines that require some age, but should be drinkable in 5-7 years. If oak was managed well, and the fruit was not over-extracted, the wines were pleasant.
Château Carbonnieux - balanced ripe fruits, well structured, balanced, good
Domaine de Chevalier - tempered oak, ripe fruit, quite a big body with a matching structure
Château Haut-Bailly - chunky oak, reedy body, no fruit
Château Haut-Bergey - stylish fruit, structured, racy acidity
Château Larrivet-Haut-Brion - very elegant, ripe fruits, balanced, structured but approachable
Château Latour-Martillac - balanced, racy fruit, good effort
Château Malartic-Lagravière - sweet fruit, nicely textured, dry finish
Château Smith-Haut Lafitte - rustic, earthy and nutty on the nose, good oak, dark sour fruits, finely structured, elegant
Photo courtesy of ROKChoi.