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> Although it is premature to assess the quality of the vintage at this early stage, producer's harvest reports let us better understand how the wineries foresee the 2007 vintage.

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The 2007 Harvest Chronicles at Chateau Haut-Brion - Pessac-Leognan-Graves

2007 Bordeaux wines, Haut-BrionSeptember 13th 2007
First clicks of shears on red grapes. Rather capricious all summer long, now the September weather has finally granted its favour to winegrowers.

Clear blue sky in Pessac during more than about twenty days enabled us to happily finalize the white harvest on Tuesday, September 11th. The dry and hot weather also permitted the red grapes to reach their optimum maturity.

On another day full of sunshine, a hundred of wine pickers started cutting the young plants of merlot all over the estate.

After a four days break, we finally started to harvest the best merlots of Château Haut-Brion on Tuesday September 18th.

Therefore, now these healthy and promising grapes, of great maturity with a nice balance of sugar / acidity are filling both the vats at Château Haut-Brion and Château La Mission Haut-Brion.

August 28th 2007

The harvest of white grapes started in the early afternoon on August 28th with the gathering of the Sauvignon blanc grapes in a plot called "Pinson Sapinette".

This year we innovated with pickers passing along the rows of vines with blowers to eliminate the morning dew and facilitate the handpicking of absolutely dry bunches.

A group of about twenty pickers proceeded to harvest only the ripest bunches, followed by a meticulous and selective picking to eliminate any damaged berries.

In summing up, the first results are promising with good concentration and a potential alcoholic degree of more than 14°.

This is a good start for our 2007 harvest season!

Chateau Haut-Brion



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