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 Vintage1997 Label 1 of 78 
ProducerChâteau Haut-Bergey (web)
VarietyRed Bordeaux Blend

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2003 and 2013 (based on 1 user opinion)

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 87.9 pts. and median of 88 pts. in 12 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by Fat Lips on 6/15/2014 & rated 88 points: With a ruby color and a tinge of brown showing its age, this cab. sauvignon blend shows an earthy nose of mushroom, game, and forest floor. The palate is rather lean with sour cherry, black currant, plum, game, leather, mushroom, and a hint of petrol. Medium acidity and tannins give it a firm structure but the short/medium finish is a little disappointing. Overall it is a very good wine although not as nicely balanced as it could be. Most likely on its downward trend. (1015 views)
 Tasted by Doblk on 3/28/2014 & rated 87 points: Very good price for bordeaux of this age. As one might expect, not over the top amazing, but a solid enjoyable wine. Tobacco nose. Still deep red not brick. Not so much fruit left, but some nice cedar and mint. Tannins have softened. (1241 views)
 Tasted by dke on 8/25/2013 & rated 89 points: Much nicer than previous bottle. Tobacco, earth and tar on the palate, nicely integrated; richer than previous bottle 89-90-. (1589 views)
 Tasted by dke on 6/16/2013 & rated 87 points: Nice aged nose, with some graphite and bay leaf. Initially this was mild, aged wine but it became little more interesting after and hour or two in a decanter. Overall nice, but not very exciting for $24. 87-88 (1653 views)
 Tasted by Start@Pitray on 5/12/2013 & rated 90 points: Giving a solid rating due to the unexpectedly positive ratio quality/price. Bought for $17.99 at K&L - everything you like in a classic Bordeaux - 1997 wasnt a good year but the structure kept this one in good shape 15+ years later - tanins are gone and the overall mouth is nice and silky - length isnt the longest but surprisingly long in the context of a 1997 Bordeaux at such price (1667 views)
 Tasted by MH Amateur on 3/24/2013 & rated 91 points: Very smooth on palate and mouthfeel.

Chocolate and plums on the nose.

A very easy drink. (1087 views)

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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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