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 Vintage1999 Label 1 of 28 
ProducerChâteau Haut-Bergey (web)
VarietyRed Bordeaux Blend
UPC Code(s)3760111814992

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2005 and 2018 (based on 6 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 88 pts. and median of 89 pts. in 14 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by eluebchow on 11/24/2014 & rated 87 points: Some nice mature notes have started to develop, with gravel, earth and iron notes emerging along with red and dark fruits; There's a slight astringency on the finish that detracts from the wine overall; Still pretty solid (476 views)
 Tasted by tubeman on 1/12/2013 & rated 90 points: very nice.... (1896 views)
 Tasted by jkoenen on 4/26/2012: One of the better bottles I had. Excellent value for money. Pretty earthy Pessac notes underline the elegant fruit mix and medium body. Thorough and reliable wine. Glad to have some more. (2534 views)
 Tasted by jkoenen on 6/14/2011: No formal notes. This one is getting out of its midlife dip. Really joyous and fresh, and also showing its secondary flavour-profile very well. Nice one! (3078 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 6/11/2010 & rated 85 points: Creamy bouquet with some overripe red fruits, tea and a little oak. Same impressions on the palate. Full bodied. Soft tannin and enough acidity. Seemed to be less over the top than last year, but certainly completely ready. (3393 views)
 Tasted by jkoenen on 5/11/2010 flawed bottle: Grab Bag Tasting @ my place (Netherlands): Corked (3420 views)
 Tasted by jpijg on 4/19/2010 & rated 89 points: Nose : blackcurrent, blackberry, cigarbox and tobacco. Hints of liquorice, wet autumn forest soil and toffee. In the mouth, the same fragrance are present. tannins are round and velvety, tertiary aromas are not overwelming andadd texture and complexity. There ia also a hint of eucalyptus, which is present on the finish.
Overall very approachable and nice to drink wine, although not typical from Graves. (2195 views)
 Tasted by tubeman on 10/23/2009 & rated 90 points: Very nice as it has appeared to be at it's peak. Kept evolving and tasted just as good 4 days later for the last glass. (2188 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 3/18/2009 & rated 83 points: The first thing that comes into mind when I smell it, is rust. The wine is fully mature. Still some red fruits, but this wine (or bottle?) is past its prime. Still pleasurable Pessac softness. If I had more bottles I would drink them before the year is over. (2424 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 2/10/2009 & rated 90 points: A tremendous bargain - great pessac earthiness combined with perfect fruit/tannin balance. Wish I had more. (2410 views)
 Tasted by Jeff Leve on 7/16/2004 & rated 89 points: Red and black fruits on the nose with a gentle touch of herbs & oak. Medium bodied. Lush palate entry. This is a well priced, early drinker that does not require bottle age. (2049 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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