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| ||Tasted by bestdamncab on 1/18/2016 & rated 93 points: Great nose of cigar box, plum, black cherry and currants, more of the same on the palate, medium/big body, atypical Graves to me, almost as good the second night, medium/long finish, lovely aftertaste. (517 views)|
| ||Tasted by MDV on 1/16/2016 & rated 94 points: Opened this to see if this was as disappointing to me as of 3 months ago and this just shrieked bottle variation. Stunning bold viscous fruit, fat plums, dark brooding complex tannins, venison/game on the palate that had me overjoyed, meshed with graphite and lead pencil shavings with a mineral kick in the background.|
This bottle was so solid it was as amazing as my last one was underwhelming.
Such is wine.... (366 views)
| ||Tasted by cephomer on 12/17/2015 & rated 90 points: Cepages Bordeaux Tasting (North End Grill; New York City): Drank at Cepages bordeaux tasting. Ruby/garnet in color, shows very slight bricking. Fairly intense nose showing aromas of tobacco, leather & earth. Remnants of black fruit appear, but this wine is dominated by notes of tobacco, earth and perhaps some tar on the palate. Mostly at the tertiary level, very much on the rustic side with some very definite cab sauv characteristics, but became tiresome after awhile. This being the final red wine of a long eve of drinking stellar bordeaux, this wine didn't match its highly heralded competition. I'd drink this wine sooner than later. (727 views)|
| ||Tasted by FLI on 12/6/2015 & rated 94 points: Oh wow. You know, sometimes you pull a nice bottle out of the cellar, take it to a special occasion, and get sorely disappointed? This was the opposite. Was having a quiet dinner at home, and grabbed the 2000 Haut-Bergey because it was in its window and I hadn't had an aged bordeaux in a while. I was in no way expecting the excellence of this bottle. Notable for its earthy nose, smooth tannins, and dark restrained fruit; this wine punched way above its weight. A picture of balanced elegance. A good claret in its prime. Only needed about 30 mins in the decanter to show its stuff. Bravo. Great QPR. (700 views)|
| ||Tasted by Anonymous on 10/29/2015 & rated 90 points: Purchased as futures and perfectly cellared. The color was dark red, with ruby on the rim, maybe a hint of garnet at the very edge; still seems relatively youthful. This has notes of blackberries, currants, smoke, tree bark, iron and earth. The tannins are resolved, but this didn't really seem silky on the palate... a bit severe in style. I liked this and found it excellent for the price paid, but it didn't excite me. I will probably let this age 5 more years to see if it becomes less severe. (1070 views)|
| ||Tasted by bestdamncab on 8/5/2015 & rated 93 points: Beautiful bouquet of cigar box, tobacco, smoke, and currants, more of the same on the palate, medium/big body, atypical Graves to me, delicious, like Bordeaux from the 1980's, like my other note, even better the second night, medium/long finish, lovely aftertaste.|
At it's best, drink now. (1331 views)
| ||Tasted by NostraBacchus on 7/12/2015 & rated 93 points: Virtually identical TN to the one date 8/10/2014. What a beautiful wine. It's turning more and more elegant and silky with age. Regularly one of the great values of Bordeaux. (1567 views)|
| ||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. (1248 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. (1670 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. (1528 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. (2606 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. (2686 views)|
| ||Tasted by NostraBacchus on 8/10/2014 & rated 93 points: Identical note to the one dated 10/16/2013. Another great showing! (3130 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. (2186 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. (2357 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. (1523 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. (1413 views)|
| ||Tasted by Fito on 3/13/2014: En One Steamboat Place con Adolfo, Federica, Patricio, Roberta y Yo (1910 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. (1766 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. (1942 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. (1703 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. (1675 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. (1860 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. (2056 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. (2981 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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