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My View: Bordeaux 2007 is as good as it could be

Published:  18 January, 2007

Bordeaux 2007 was about as good as it could be, given the dreadful growing season. It was never going to be as good as 2005 and, for once, no one has pretended otherwise.

Close behind are a very impressive crop of Pauillacs and the slightly inconsistent but occasionally outstanding St Emilions, which provided the top two reds in Cheval Blanc and Ausone. Margaux was very up and down, ditto St Estphe, led by the excellent Cos d'Estournel, and Pessac, with the very fine Haut-Brion and Domaine de Chevalier.

Pessac-Lognan's dry whites are the best of the lot, while the Sauternes are excellent, just lacking a touch of acidity that would bring them up to the level of the other-worldly 2001s.

There will be wines in 2007 that are stupidly overpriced. But as long as you are looking to drink the wines, not invest in them, there will be many worth buying from 2007 too.

Simon Staples is sales director at Berry Bros & Rudd