With a string of fine ageworthy Bordeaux vintages in the last decade, many might ignore this classic region for early drinking. However 2007 is a vintage for drinking, not investment. It was a year that produced elegant approachable wines for the short to mid term, therefore perfect for drinking now while we wait for the longer term vintages of 2005 2006 2008 2009 and 2010 to come round. Prices are moderate too, with many very good to great chateaux well within reach of claret lovers’ pockets.
Château Langoa-Barton [now sold out]is a perfect example of the vintage, a fresh and elegant claret with deep colour, plenty of clean ripe fruit around a core of gentle cedary tannins. Langoa is a third growth, in recent years Langoa has gained colour and concentration and at times challenges the quality of its sister property Leoville-Barton, a lofty second growth. Both wines are made in the winery at Chateau Langoa in the traditional way, using large open oak vats with a quick fermentation followed by 20 months in oak barrels. While Leoville is typically more austere, Langoa is made in a richer more accessible style that can be approached at an earlier age.
Chateau Langoa Barton, 3eme Cru Classe, St Julien 2007 £338.05 per case of 12 inc VAT, equivalent to £28.17 per bottle. [SOLD OUT]
This parcel was shipped direct from the Chateau in the last week, we offer this at a great price – 90 bottles available! [SOLD OUT]
“A blend of 77.5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot and 7.5% Cabernet Franc. This has a ripe blackberry, violet tinged nose that is perhaps lacking the clarity and vigour that it often shows at this stage. A touch of seashells become apparent in the glass. The palate is full-bodied, quite sinewy comparative to other Saint Juliens with good concentration and purity of fruit with no signs of under-ripeness. The Langoa 2007 has a persistent finish with good depth and focus with blackberry and cedar to the fore. Very fine, as usual.” Tasted April 2008.
Score 90-91/100 Neal Martin – Wine Journal May 2008
A larger selection of wines from the 2007 vintage can be found below, quantities and prices were correct at the time of publishing but may change without notice.
|Inc VAT x12||Inc VAT each||In Bond|
|Chateau Tour de Calens Rouge, Graves 2007||£137.00||£11.42||£114.17|
|Chateau Vieux Lartigue, Grand Cru St Emilion 2007||£176.05||£14.67||£146.71|
|Chateau La Croix Fourney Grand Cru 2007||£182.46||£15.21||£152.05|
|Bouquet de Monbrison (2nd wine of Ch. Monbrison) Margaux 2007||£218.05||£18.17||£181.71|
|Manoir de Gay, Pomerol 2007||£224.05||£18.67||£186.71|
|Chateau Cantemerle, 5eme Cru Classe Haut Medoc 2007||£266.05||£22.17||£221.71|
|Mondot, Grand Cru St Emilion 2007||£266.05||£22.17||£221.71|
|Chateau St Pierre, Pomerol 2007||£270.06||£22.51||£225.05|
|Chateau Langoa Barton, 3eme Cru Classe, St Julien 2007||[SOLD OUT]|
|Chateau Leoville Barton, 2eme Cru Classe St Julien 2007||£470.05||£39.17||£391.71|
|Chateau Rauzan Gassies, 2eme Cru Classe, Margaux 2007||£470.05||£39.17||£391.71|
|Chateau Certan de May, Pomerol 2007||£902.05||£75.17||£751.71|
|Chateau l’Eglise Clinet, Pomerol 2007||£926.05||£77.17||£771.71|
|Chateau Palmer, 3eme Cru Classe Margaux 2007||£1,520.05||£126.67||£1,266.71|
|Chateau Ausone, 1er Grand Cru Classe St Emilion 2007||£6,266.05||£522.17||£5,221.71|