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 Vintage2009 Label 1 of 80 
ProducerChâteau Haut-Bergey (web)
VarietyRed Bordeaux Blend
UPC Code(s)3760111814091, 670028596177, 764921814091

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2014 and 2028 (based on 40 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Haut Bergey Pessac Leognan on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 90.3 pts. and median of 91 pts. in 114 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by FLI on 2/13/2016 & rated 89 points: Chalky nose, very dark on the palate. Still showing a fair amount of tannic grip. I think this will be better with another 2 or 3 years on it. (111 views)
 Tasted by JGinMO on 1/12/2016 & rated 92 points: Terrific value. Lovely fruit and real Bordeaux terroir (1743 views)
 Tasted by doctor wine on 12/9/2015 & rated 87 points: on popping, vibrant red fruit that you can smell around 2 feet away from glass, tannin firm and tight
1.5 hours bottle breath, tannin completely soften giving secondary notes of smoke and chocolate, easily understood and very modern style
did not get further improvement with air, though persistently performed
drawback is hollow midpalate but you dont ask for that from a table wine do you? (2173 views)
 Tasted by FredF on 10/27/2015 & rated 90 points: Youthful but well behaved. Earthy, smooth, big wine. Mushroom more than a fruit bomb, and excellent with beef and heavier dishes. (2744 views)
 Tasted by tb76 on 9/29/2015 & rated 90 points: Classic Pessac, mushroom & earth combined with black fruit backdrop (2950 views)
 Tasted by slapsht007 on 9/4/2015 & rated 91 points: Nice little Bordeaux. Maybe a bit young but still very drinkable. (3058 views)
 Tasted by Francophile1 on 7/29/2015 & rated 91 points: I prefer this better than the 2008 vintage. Typical of the '09 vintage... Densely packed with rich black fruit, but laced with mineral, forest floor, cedar, and a new world chocolate / espresso finish. A great blend of the old and new world. Will be much better 10 years from now. (3313 views)
 Tasted by Longnose Gar on 5/8/2015 & rated 90 points: Feels very traditional. Not big or complex but balanced and well made. Solid. It was better the first night than second. (3665 views)
 Tasted by COWineLover on 5/7/2015 & rated 89 points: Overall a good pace of development so far. A very earthy base in the nose. Also has leather and tobacco.

Unlike the 2006 (which I find quite tannic) the tannins are polished and fine grained, and more consistent with the 2008. The wine is a bit restrained in the mouth now with primary notes of tobacco, cassis, iron, and lighter notes of coffee and bitter chocolate.

There is a decent finish on this. Right now this is down the fairway but has not yet developed the complexity I desire. As a result this is good but does not merit a higher score yet.

This seems unlikely to go beyond 12-15 years and probably will be best enjoyed over the next 5-7 years. (3274 views)
 Tasted by FransS on 3/29/2015 & rated 91 points: Far more potential than the '08; at the moment I find this wine chunky. (3531 views)
 Tasted by 82Latour on 3/1/2015 & rated 91 points: Wonderful texture, ripe fruit but not giving much up. Hold. (3833 views)
 Tasted by Fantomas on 1/22/2015 & rated 88 points: Young and rustic. Pleasant nose of dark fruit, tobacco, leather, and cocoa. Uneventful on the palate, young tannins, toasted notes, some nutmeg. Spicy notes prevail, yet no grandeur yet. May need another year. At this stage, a robust and nice wine without edges or character. (3827 views)
 Tasted by Bobojesen on 1/6/2015 flawed bottle: Corked (3658 views)
 Tasted by Kevincrouch on 12/22/2014: It definitely performs, however, it seems a little one-dimensional and rustic. Though it is not uncommon for Pessacs to be on the chewy side, this didn't offer much more than rich currant and oak notes. Though very good, its pretty weak on the interest scale. (3596 views)
 Tasted by JL177 on 12/13/2014 & rated 91 points: Pretty darn good now, but it really needs some more time. I'd wait at least another year before trying again. (3414 views)
 Tasted by Jasper Voorhoeve on 11/2/2014 & rated 94 points: fluweelzacht, erg mooi houttonen, blauwe bes, kersen, toast, vanille. Middellange afdronk. Echt top nu. (3917 views)
 Tasted by Schorschi on 10/29/2014 & rated 91 points: Noch total verschlossen, auch nach 3 Stunden offen kein Genuss - Tannine, Tannine!
OK, einen Tag später stellt sich das Ganze dann ganz anders dar: Mittlerweile hat sich aus dem spröden, unzugänglichen Wein ein sehr viel weicherer Charakter entwickelt. Tannine sind zwar immer noch reichlich vorhanden, aber sehr gut eingebunden in ein stimmiges Geschmackserlebnis. Ich korrigiere die ursprüngliche Wertung von 88 auf 91 Punkte. (3532 views)
 Tasted by slippytoad on 9/2/2014 & rated 92 points: Lovely effortless drinking, smooth as silk. Shortish finish. (4500 views)
 Tasted by slippytoad on 5/2/2014 & rated 94 points: Spectacular in almost every way. Smooth, long, delicious! (5413 views)
 Tasted by TAStark on 3/30/2014 & rated 91 points: Pop-n-pour. Huge nose that bursts from the glass. Got even more aromatic with air. I had this wine about a year ago and it was drinking better then. Makes me think this will come around again in a year or two. Still a great wine. Tons of Eucalyptus, graphite and smoke on the nose. The palette is very dark and brooding. Notes of cocoa, licorice and tar. The tannins are well integrated. The finish is a mile long. Lovely, but needs a bit more time. (5641 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 12/27/2013 & rated 92 points: Deep ruby. Aromas smoke, currant, cherry. Round, full body with cherry, plum, licorice. Long, smooth finish. Drinking well. (6518 views)
 Tasted by Drankard on 12/9/2013: Decant for 3 hrs but could have used more time. This is not overripe or Californian. This is definitely built for a positive evolution. Solid structure, tannins and acidity. Though I was looking for a bit more freshness but this is the vintage. The oak does stick out but it should integrate nicely. (6739 views)
 Tasted by Brnshj22 on 12/4/2013 & rated 91 points: I am somewhat puzzled about this wine. Mild tannins and doesn't seem fit for the long haul. However, the oak is very dominant on day one. Day two it has found itself and has become pretty damn tasty. My advice would be to decant and drink sooner rather than later. (6279 views)
 Tasted by sgatti1 on 11/28/2013 & rated 93 points: light tannins, pretty cherry taste, medium purple color. Great value (4992 views)
 Tasted by AMC Eagle on 10/5/2013 & rated 91 points: Let sit for 90 minutes in a decanter. Dark purple and garnet in colour. Dark berries with some black cherries and some graphite on the nose. The palate is getting some black fruits, ashy cassis; the tannins are tight and finish is very good. There is some oak present as well. This goes well with some nice steak. I'd say open the next one in 2-3 years time. (5867 views)
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(Château Haut-Bergey) Dark red violet color; violet, cassis, tart currant, camphor nose; tasty, violet, cassis, tart currant, camphor palate; needs 2 years; medium-plus finish (60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot)  92 points
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Château Haut-Bergey

Producer website - Read more about Chateau Haut Bergey

In the 15th century the “Seigneur de la Louvière” and the ”Seigneur d’Olivier” got to work on the reparcelling of agricultural land and so was born ”La maison noble de Pontey” today named CHATEAU HAUT-BERGEY. In 1700 Sir Jean-François de Cresse, a member of parliament of Bordeaux, took it over and used it as his permanent residence.
By 1772 the estate stretched over 100 hectares of vineyard. A hundred years later, though the vineyard was abandoned and in 1850 a splendid castle was reconstructed becoming a leisure residence. It was in the middle of the last century the castle returned to the wine growing roots of the past.

In March 1991 Sylviane Garcin-Cathiard acquired CHATEAU HAUT-BERGEY. Granddaughter of a wine merchant and a successful business women, her approach has always been that of a connoisseur appreciating great wine.

It was love at first sight and the promising charm of CHATEAU HAUT-BERGEY encouraged her into a large renovation project whilst respecting the former traditions. Commitment to quality is her main principle.

A naturally exceptional soil

The 28.5 hectares are located in the heart of the village of LEOGNAN, a leading area of Graves region.

At the end of the Tertiary era and during the Quaternary the changing meanderings of the Garonne left a large variety of gravel, pebbles and other stones that constitute the complexity of this exceptional ground. In springtime the temperature of soil rises constantly. During summertime and especially in September the gravel reflects the absorbed heat onto the bunches of grapes, thus improving the process of ripening.

The vineyard of HAUT-BERGEY is well exposed to the south and south-west on slightly sloping grounds, so ensuring natural drainage. The subsoil is composed of clay and chalk streaked with iron-bearing parts that also contribute to the uniqueness and personality of the wines of HAUT-BERGEY.

The red wines and the white wines

The appellation PESSAC-LEOGNAN is the only appellation that has classified red and white wines from the same terroir.

The vineyard of CHATEAU HAUT-BERGEY comprises 26.5 hectares of red grapes and 2 hectares of white grapes.

Every effort is made to make the best wines possible. The red wine is hand-made and great care is given to the selection afterwards. The grapes are transported in small boxes of 20 kg in order to avoid them being squeezed or oxidation. The preparation of the wine is done in a traditional way: every parcel of vines is separately prepared in small vats of stainless steel or wood with integrated hot and cold regulation. The wine is aged in oak barrels for between16 to 18 months according to the vintage.

The white grapes are hand-picked as well, transported in small boxes of 20 kg and are sorted. Traditional methods are applied here as well. The white wine ferments in new barrels and develops on the lees. The frequency of batonnage varies according to the development of the wine. Finally, the white wine is aged in barrels of French oak for between 10 and 12 months.

It is our foremost principle to produce a wine of excellent quality, sparing no efforts to improve our craftsmanship and expertise continuously.

Red Bordeaux Blend

Read about the grapes used to produce Bordeaux The variety Red Bordeaux Blend in CellarTracker implies any blend using any or all of the five traditional Bordeaux varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec. As such, this is used worldwide, whether for wines from Bordeaux, Meritages from California and Canada, some Super-Tuscan wines etc.


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