From budbreak through ripening to harvest, meticulous care was lavished on the 2007 vintage in order to bring the grapes to maturity in good condition.
After a relatively wet winter which allowed water reserves to accumulate, budbreak began in early April. Early vegetation growth was encouraged by exceptionally dry and warm weather (16.4 mm of rain and 16° C, compared with an average of 11.7° C).
Flowering took place for all three varieties around 26 May, fifteen days earlier than the average, presaging an early harvest, as in 1989 and 2003.
Relatively cool weather during the summer slowed the development of the crop, but an exceptionally hot and dry September enabled the grapes to reach full phenological maturity.
Harvesting began on 26 September with the Merlot and ended on 11 October with the Cabernet Sauvignon.
The grapes were in good condition, with thick skins rich in tannins and anthocyans.Oenological sheet
The wine has an intense garnet hue with glittering highlights.
All the depth and refinement of Cabernet Sauvignon is expressed on the nose in aromas of vanilla, bitter almond and nutmeg, with subtle mineral notes on airing.
Very supple on the palate, this Mouton Rothschild displays perfect harmony on a linear structure that combines tannic heft with a pleasant minty freshness. The finish is complex, ending on spicy and very ripe fruit flavours.
A great success for the vintage, the blend makes the most of two fully mature grape varieties, combining the body and complexity of Cabernet with the depth of flavour of Merlot.
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Bernar Venet (1941)Descriptive sheet