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| ||Tasted by DrinkBordeaux on 6/20/2015 & rated 92 points: Improved with 30 minutes of air. Nice rich ruby color, some subtle lightening of the edges. Really interesting profile with this wine. Had the typical Pessac elements, with really dark fruits, some smokiness, soil, herbs, and fresh minerals. Also had lots of coffee and floral notes, reminiscent of a Margaux at times. Medium-bodied, with very fine tannins. Medium acidity. There is enough fruit to keep this going for awhile longer, but perhaps the structure won't provide serious longevity. For now, this is a fairly elegant wine that seems well-balanced at this point. At least a few years left at this nice stage. (218 views)|
| ||Tasted by bestdamncab on 4/4/2015 & rated 93 points: Beautiful nose of cedar, tobacco, leather, smoke, and earth, more of the same on the palate, medium/big body, tasty, even better the second night, medium/long finish, lovely aftertaste. (799 views)|
| ||Tasted by richardkim on 3/1/2015 & rated 92 points: Hint of Pessac gravel on the nose. Complex, fruity,and light on its feet. Tasted 2/28/15 at 2000 Bordeaux tasting at Pinot Provence. (848 views)|
| ||Tasted by thegracchi on 9/15/2014 & rated 95 points: This time I decanted for one hour and it made all the difference. Absolutely delicious and complex. (2248 views)|
| ||Tasted by davergny on 8/11/2014 & rated 80 points: Nope, don't care for this. Best when first opened and downhill from there. Some nice earthy fruit, but dull, lacking freshness, and some wood and vege notes I don't like. No length, no depth, and not much of a finish. Drinkable, but no charm. Didn't care for the 2001 either. (2383 views)|
| ||Tasted by NostraBacchus on 8/10/2014 & rated 93 points: Identical note to the one dated 10/16/2013. Another great showing! (2705 views)|
| ||Tasted by up4wine on 7/26/2014 & rated 91 points: Good stuff. Nose had a little green pepper and graphite up front. Then the fruit breaks out, followed by chocolate and smoke. The palate starts with bright fruit, a little tartness (although not normal for a Bordeaux it was in check and balanced well with rest of wine), and finishes with smooth, even tannin backbone. Hard to put the glass down. (1925 views)|
| ||Tasted by thegracchi on 6/5/2014 & rated 87 points: Tight and tanniny without much fruit. Can't tell if it needs to age more or if this is as good as it will get. (2117 views)|
| ||Tasted by thegracchi on 5/24/2014 & rated 89 points: Pretty good with food. Takes some time to open up, recommend decanting for an hour. (1284 views)|
| ||Tasted by lat on 5/9/2014 & rated 92 points: wonderfully vibrant and fresh. Needed a little breathing, but then opened up into a lush wine with outstanding fruit; some tobacco and leather notes. Very smooth and full bodied despite the low alcohol (12.5%) content. Something I wish other chateaux could emulate. I confess I never heard of this wine before but this was a terrific bottle. (1167 views)|
| ||Tasted by Fito on 3/13/2014: En One Steamboat Place con Adolfo, Federica, Patricio, Roberta y Yo (1669 views)|
| ||Tasted by clairenclarence on 3/6/2014 & rated 90 points: short decant.nice beautiful earthy,toast n spicy nose.palate:slightly soft wine but stil some grippyness(structure).some coffee,tobacco,leather,toast,floral.it has decent complexity n intensity.as for acidity,it cn b better.show some balance witj some plummy finishing here.stil hve slight room for improvement i tink.it shud b very well drinking in 5 yrs time.tings cn b better here is the structure,depth n a little more fruits.a slightly above average wine but definitely nt a wow wine.if u looking for someting well drinking mature wine,tis the bttl. (1492 views)|
| ||Tasted by Derek Darth Taster on 3/6/2014 & rated 89 points: Thursday Wine Night - Free Style (Extra Space): Tasted blind. Poured through Vinturi into decanter and aired for 15mins. Sediments in the filter.|
Appearance is clear, deep intensity, ruby colour.
Nose is clean, medium intensity, with aromas of oak, coffee, leather, tobacco.
On the palate, medium acidity, with big but approachable tannins, full body and long finish. Flavours of herbaceous greens, blackcurrant, earth, coffee, leather, tobacco. Definitely Cabernet Sauvignon dominant to me.
I guessed a 10 year old+ Left Bank Bordeaux. Drinking fine now, but maybe another 3-5 years could be even more complex. (1602 views)
| ||Tasted by edjDelray on 1/31/2014 & rated 92 points: Great balance w acidity; quite smooth; not tannic. Dark red fruits with some bacon fat notes and a nice finish. Really good after an hour open. Not decanted. (1464 views)|
| ||Tasted by Sellar Rat on 1/26/2014 & rated 94 points: Lovely nose of dried flowers, dark fruit and wet bark. Silky texture right out of the bottle (no decant), deep, long, impeccably balanced. Ripe but restrained. Classy, and a pure pleasure. Drinking great right now. (1447 views)|
| ||Tasted by Champagneinhand on 1/1/2014 & rated 92 points: Double decanted and their seemed to be a good amount of sediment in the bottle. It had been over a week without wine, so the nose and palate were primed for this bottle. Lovely scent of smokey red fruits with dark plums, violets and oak spices coming off the glass. deep and dark, opaque with clearing brackishness towards the rim. Tannins and oak have completely integrated. Pleasant mouthfeel that coats and yet has the perky acid to keep this older wine fresh. A testament to this vintage. Leather and tobacco are the more prominent tertiary aromas and flavors along with that smoky rubber reminiscent of a drag strip, without the petrol. Great wine from a producer thats just not on everybody's radar. A steal when you look at the prices of Pessac today. Only thing close is Le Thil Clary Rouge. (1576 views)|
| ||Tasted by Steve Hutto on 10/27/2013 & rated 89 points: Nice nose and fruit with tar, earth and no tannins. The wine quickly deteriorates and after several hours the appealing flavors disappear and the second day after vacuum cork, the wine is muted. Would recommend as an everyday wine and PNP only. (1820 views)|
| ||Tasted by NostraBacchus on 10/16/2013 & rated 93 points: Still pretty dark purple color, getting slightly lighter towards the rim into ruby. Beautiful nose of dark chocolate, coffee, some cassis/black currant and some earth. The nose is opening up a little while it sits in the glass. On the palate there are great notes of dark berries, black currant, dark chocolate and some flowery/herbal kind of thing as well as graphite/lead pencil. Full-bodied and dense with still medium acidity providing freshness and medium+ tannin that is slightly drying but not green. Very good length. An excellent silky Bordeaux that is just at the beginning of the drinking window and provides a lot of pleasure at a modest price tag. Don't be misled by the slightly modern style, it's ageing beautifullly and provides the classic Péssac-Léognan flavor profile. I went through approx. 6 bottles over the last 3 years and they all showed identically great. (2737 views)|
| ||Tasted by La Cave d'Argent on 10/11/2013 & rated 91 points: This opaque garnet wine was tasted in double-blind fashion with our Friday tasting group. The bottle was kindly provided by J.P. The nose is advanced and complex, flaunting a bouquet of pipe tobacco, saddle leather, plum, cardamom and earth. Full-bodied and with low-to-medium acidity, its tannins have melted at this point. The flavors mirror the nose. The wine's alcohol (listed as 12.5%) is seamless and the middle palate is solid. It concludes with a medium length, tart finish. This well-cellared bottle is clearly fully mature (I guessed that it was a 1988 left bank Bordeaux). It should stay on plateau for a few more years but I wouldn't expect it to improve, as the tannins are gone and the fruit is giving way to the other flavors. Drink now-2018. (1733 views)|
| ||Tasted by BillyT on 6/5/2013 & rated 91 points: Expressive of tobacco, chocolate, and excellent balanced fruit. Good tannic structure suggesting a little longer life expectancy. Dinner at Pranzo Ft Walton Bch veal marsala and was an excellent pairing. So no more copius notes. Not a great price point but a good wine nonetheless (2686 views)|
| ||Tasted by pavel_p on 5/14/2013 & rated 89 points: Short 30 min decant. A fairly strong whiff of oak as I pull the perfect, barely stained cork. Dark garnet but with a light, almost transparent rim. Generous dark fruit, still a surprising amount of oak, some coffee. Nice but fairly simple with little Bordeaux typicity. Unexpectedly seems to deteriorate with longer decanting time. While the attack remains fairly juicy, the fruit on the mid-palate starts to look a bit thin. Fine but drying tannins and some plain wood look through and carry into the rather short finish. |
If this was a representative bottle then I would say drink up, and think that Parker is for once a fair bit off the mark on this. 89-90 (2996 views)
| ||Tasted by Rich.Herbs on 4/12/2013: I found this bottle off the mark. Nose promising as well as the first impression in the mouth, but the mid palate felt flat and the finish derailed into an unfocussed sourness that hid the fruit. Perhaps a bad bottle, but did not hit the mark like other 2000s. (1786 views)|
| ||Tasted by Micksta on 4/11/2013 & rated 93 points: Decanted for four hours. Pleasant, but heavy, tar and char on the nose and palate. Very similar to Smith Haut Lafitte in flavor and style. Deep black fruit and smooth tannins. New world style Graves for sure, primary and drinking well, but was great with a steak. Plenty of fruit but maybe a little low in acid for the long haul. That said, for me, this wine is just entering its drinking window. If I had one bottle, I wouldn't think about drinking it for five years. (2259 views)|
| ||Tasted by Anonymous on 4/6/2013: Popped and poured at cellar temperature. Dark color, but not showing any fruit on the nose or palate and a bit astringent on the finish. Over the course of an hour, it never really opened like my last note, so I am assuming it just needed air and it is not loosing its fruit. NR (2197 views)|
| ||Tasted by Exered68 on 3/3/2013 & rated 92 points: Popped and left open for an hour in the kitchen and then poured to accompany boeuf bourguignon and mash.|
Now seems very different from my first tasting note of Oct'12. Most of all don't recall such forward fruit (or heap of sediment). Alive now, restrained then. Smooth and balanced but at a higher level this time.
Much less obviously Cabernet Sauvignon and old Europe on the tongue, this seemed youthful, less evolved and more of a straightforward pleasure. I might say less intellectual if I was being more pretentious. (1816 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.
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