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 Vintage2001 Label 1 of 79 
ProducerChâteau Haut-Bergey (web)
VarietyRed Bordeaux Blend

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2006 and 2015 (based on 13 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 89.5 pts. and median of 90 pts. in 64 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by Thoughtful on 12/13/2015 & rated 91 points: Stored in cold cellar since release. High fill perfect condition. Surprisingly good for the vintage. Deep colour still young. Full well balanced almost rich. Typical Grave. A bargain! (269 views)
 Tasted by Thoughtful on 10/18/2015 & rated 90 points: Purchased 2008. High fill. Good fruit balance and acidity. Good value claret from ok vintage. Drink soon. (401 views)
 Tasted by Man in Black on 6/20/2014: The wine is clear and bright with a deep garnet colour and presence of dense legs. The nose is clean and developing, showing medium+ intensity aromas of dark cherries, dark plums, anise, vanilla, cedar, tobacco and cinnamon. The wine is dry in the mouth with a medium+ acidity. It has high soft silky tannins and a medium+ alcohol. It has a full body and medium+ intensity flavours of dark plums, dark cherries, anise, cedar, vanilla and cinnamon. The finish is medium+.

It is an outstanding quality wine with a great complexity provided by well-integrated oak aromas, it has a very good fruit concnetration and finish, it shows typicity and it has a very good overall balance. Can drink now, but it has enough tannic structure and fruit concentration to develop even more complexity and tertiary aromas over the next 4-6 years. (1944 views)
 Tasted by Barry Notes on 2/10/2014 & rated 89 points: PnP w/3 hour decant. Slight haze, deep dark purple color. Med proper Claret nose. Wine showed very nice at this stage in time. Fully balanced/integrated, med body, good drinking window but has a few years yet. Nothing off. $26. (2382 views)
 Tasted by Jeff Leve on 12/11/2013 & rated 90 points: Fully mature, with a smoke, coffee, black cherry, earth and fennel nose, the wine is soft, round and very easy to drink. This is not going to make old bones. I'd opt for drinking the wine over the next 5 years. (3028 views)
 Tasted by Thilo on 5/27/2013 & rated 91 points: Surprisingly dark for a 12 year old wine. Plum and cedar on the nose. Still juicy palate with a silky finish. Very nice and a surprise. (2708 views)
 Tasted by falp on 4/21/2013 & rated 89 points: good for day-to-day (2668 views)
 Tasted by JeremyQ on 7/26/2012 & rated 89 points: Took it to Les Halles. Popped and poured. No details TNs but remember it to be smooth, restraint, a touch of sweetness but also some complexity and some secondary developments. Nicely aged Bordeaux (2646 views)
 Tasted by oldgrowth45 on 4/29/2012: Pop and pour. Consumed at dinner party, so not a detailed closely analyzed note. Served with host's homemade pasta and meatballs (which was really tasty. Thanks Chris). Would not have pegged this as a 2001 as everything was quite full, sweet and voluptuous in a positive way. The nose was full but expressive showing ripe clean fruit with nice minerality in the background. This carried over to the palate as well. Nice fullness upfront accompanied by balancing tannins and acidity on the mid palate. A little bit of depth and complexity. Clean finish with decent length. Nice bottle and paired well with the dinner. (2535 views)
 Tasted by ccsargent on 1/15/2012 & rated 90 points: Took a while to show itself - double decanted for four hours, finally showed some nice fruit balanced with earthy mushroomy elements. Nothing really said to me "graves", but this wine will age nicely for a while. (2669 views)
 Tasted by gasman on 12/8/2011 flawed bottle: Corked (2510 views)
 Tasted by salil on 11/13/2011 & rated 89 points: Packed with fresh youthful fruit that seems remarkably ripe and sweet for an '01 Bordeaux, though it's offset by savoury earthy and smoky elements that emerge with a little time in the decanter. Nicely balanced with fairly gentle tannins, drinking well now though I imagine there's still some time ahead. (2607 views)
 Tasted by cubswinws on 8/23/2011 & rated 92 points: Somewhat more one dimensional than the last bottle I had but still very nice. Hold 5+ years on the next one. (2289 views)
 Tasted by cubswinws on 8/2/2011 & rated 92 points: Great nose and aromatics. Good depth and drinking well now. (2304 views)
 Tasted by elledeca on 4/11/2011: quite open, nose of blackcurrant, red fruit, cedar and smoke. Medium bodied, lively acidity. very nice qnd on its peak in my view (2938 views)
 Tasted by wynnewood500 on 2/18/2011: Definitely needs some air before serving. The rough edges smooth out with time. I will try decanting next time.

I put the 2nd half of the bottle in the fridge for two days. Nice, spicey flavors - a blend of fruit and tannin. Excellent! This confirms the need to decant. (3003 views)
 Tasted by yhn on 1/15/2011 & rated 89 points: Nose - warm round lovely spiciness - reminiscent of Woodside Estate - full netmeg-y black currant and blueberry fruit, touches of clove and cinnamon.

Smooth iron-y blackberry and black currant, almost inky, touch of clove. Drink now-'20. 89+ pts (3105 views)
 Tasted by dbkitc on 10/16/2010 & rated 91 points: Youthful garnet. Silky red fruits mixed with graphite, wet tobacco and oak spice. Comes together nicely in a rather complex whole. Nice body, a silky wine that is drinking very well today. Missing a bit of depth but a very nice wine that cost a song. (91) (3369 views)
 Tasted by djdaqm on 9/27/2010 & rated 88 points: Very acidic bottle and the taste a bit off. Interesting at first, but started to fall apart extremely quickly. Unrefined on the palette, but a really nice nose. (3460 views)
 Tasted by wynnewood500 on 9/18/2010: Popped and poured for dinner. Started a little rough but smoothed out with little discernable tannin. Dark, opaque color. Nice full nose. Medium to full bodied. (3507 views)
 Tasted by Franklin on 8/21/2010 & rated 91 points: Opened 3 bottles of a 6 bottle purchase. Stored perfectly since release. Very nice. Leather and cassis on the nose. Dark red and dense looking. Slightly tannic; otherwise well-balanced and surprisingly youthful with nice body and texture. If well-stored, another 3-5 years easy and worthwhile. (3693 views)
 Tasted by pearlsdad on 7/17/2010: Flc with Boyd Borden harbison. (3668 views)
 Tasted by paulst on 6/5/2010 & rated 88 points: Tar and leather nose; soft round supple plumy blackberry mid palate; ends with more acidity than fruit. (3726 views)
 Tasted by jpijg on 4/19/2010 & rated 88 points: Nose : blackcurrent, blackberry, cigarbox and tobacco. Hints of liquorice, smooth leather. In the mouth, fragrances match the nose. tannins are still powerfull, but smooth overall. Fruit flavours are very fresh, tannins and acidity brings slience and balance. The finale is long, dominated by tobacco and leather flavours.
The wine appears still young with good aging potential. Nice, but not typical from Graves, since the distinctive minearlity is elusive. (3977 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 4/10/2010: Brought to dinner at Pam and Harry's - a Middle Eastern meal delicious. (3980 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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