Tasting 2007 Saint- Émilion Grand Cru
Above is the one and only Comtes Stephan von Neipperg. Clearly the most interesting man in the room. Yeah, he's kind of a big deal. You don't just stumble upon a title like that by accident. Anyways, the wines showed some surprises. The ones who didn't over-handle the vintage created charming, approachable wines. Angélus, Canon-la-Gaffelière, and Figeac all created lovely wines for early drinking (5-7 years), while others like Troplong Mondot somehow gave the impression that they were products of intense enology. A lot of the wines showed massive amounts of tannin...it remains to be seen if there's any substance behind it when the dissolve with age. Oak management was an issue here - some put a good hold on new oak, others...not so much.
Château Angélus - very elegant, soft, with some green on the finish...I like this, not overhandled, good vintage character
Château Canon - oaky, soft palate, spicy
Château Canon-la-Gaffelière - beautiful use of oak, ripe fruit, balanced, very elegant, a success for the vintage
Château Figeac - red fruits, very elegant, fine tannins, very balanced, well-handled
Château Grand Mayne - dense, tannic, unyielding
Château La Couspaude - nutty oak, warm nose, ripe red fruit, soft, easy, plushy
Château La Dominique - oaky, nutty nose, well structured, wall of tannin
Château La Gaffelière - sweet dark fruits, dense impenetrable tannin
Château La Tour Figeac - ripe fruit, high tannin, becomes candied
Château Troplong Mondot - complex, nutty nose, very pure fruit, linear palate, well structured, crunchy finish, blockbuster styled wine
Château Trotte Vielle - pure red fruit, structured
Photo courtesy of ROKChoi.