On opening three days ago, I immediately decanted this into a Savino. Had 1 glass that first night and it was like a clenched fist, if wine had fists to clench. Sealed the Savino, stuck it in the wine fridge, and forgot about it until today. A lovely transformation: now it's all deep, tart black fruit and dried tobacco leaf. Good acidity keeps it fresh, and some fine grained tannins. A pleasant surprise.
Decanted two hours. This is beautiful stuff, with a nice mix of dark fruit, earth and forest floor. Not a behemoth, but with evident tannic structure and length, and still somewhat soft and approachable. Finish was a bit drying on its own but hardly noticeable with lamb. Very nice QPR and a wonderful performance in a tough vintage. 91+
I dunno, this is supposed to be really good Bordeaux for the money but it's pretty average for the price--even overpriced Napa can produce a pretty good cab (try Franciscan for one) at around this price. Decent typicity, but no real depth, kind of soft. Cherries, a little cedar, not at all bad, but I'm still not seeing why Napa is overpriced and overrated and Bordeaux is still supposed to have values. Looks about the same to me.
casual tasting at Hugo's (At Hugo's): dark red-purple earthy-rustic nose of dark fruits, background oak-vanilla, dark used leather, soil, some brett. full bodied, firm tannins, good acidity level, med intensity ripe fruity flavours, good balance, also notes of tobacco, chocolate, black currant, but a bit chalky and dry on the finish. the bottle was opened a day before for a small tasting then vacuumed - but it lost a bit of its qualities.
The smell is classic Pessac; it is gorgeous smell of fruit, earth, and a only a hint of barnyard. Finish is tannic, very dry and thin. Color is dark. I hope this wine develops more body as it ages. Drink next 2015.
From 375. Nice purple color. After about 45 minutes, opened up nicely, though nose still just a bit reluctant. Blackberries, plums, tobacco and new leather on the nose and palate. Medium bodied, perhaps a bit thin, and finish a bit short. Nice lighter styled Bordeaux, food friendly. This will probably improve a bit over the next year or so, but I doubt it will make old bones. I'll plan to drink mine by 2020 or earlier.
A magnum poured through a Vinturi into a decanter. After about 45 minutes, this was surprisingly open given the age. On the rim, there was a dark plum. The nose had a very pronounced leather, cassis, soil, and a bit of brett. The brett dissipated after the first glass. On the palate the tannins were sweet, and there was good balance with tobacco, chocolate, black currant, and a bit of herb. The wine has nicely balanced acidity and tannins, and offers a complimentary flavor profile on the mid palate with some plum. A bit chalky and dry on the finish, but overall a good tasting experience compared with the 2006 I tasted within the last six weeks. The 2008 was far more open and accessible than the 2006, even from magnum. Four other drinkers at the table, and everyone loved this with some dark holiday chocolates. Exactly what I expect from Haut Bergey in this bottle. Initial score of 89 raised to 90 as wine progressed through the evening.
This was drinking nicely without breathing or decanting. The nose has a smoky charcoal note, and it tastes of plum sauce. This is a soft, fruity wine that seems typical for Graves. After a couple of hours the finish was noticeably watery, so I don't see this going the distance.
This is quite brutal right now. Has some fundamentals that given time may develop. I will try in maybe year or two. It has to get better. Bought as futures and in my cellar at 55dg since.I hope it just needs to mature. Opened and drank over 4 hours. Not enough time.
Very nice red Bordeaux open and ready to go from first pop. Nose is immediately dominated by pine needles and sap, typical of the appellation. Additional notes of caramelly new oak, sawdust, blackberry, blueberry, green plant stems, and a slight touch of Bordeaux earth and farmyard on the nose. Palate is correct, with a sweet entry, then a tannic wall and a drying finish with mouthwatering acid. Very nicely done. Could merit a higher score with time though I would guess not a long lived wine. Should become somewhat minty with time. EDIT: after 3 hours of air the nose shifted to a strong note of dark chocolate and graphite.
Terrific QPR Bordeaux from 2008. Clear dark garnet with purple bubbles on pouring. Lovely nose of leather, smoke, and cassis. Ripe, medium palate of blackberry, fig, plum, leather, and licorice. Excellent length. Food-friendly acidity. Sweet tannins. Silky texture. This wine performs way above its pay grade. Full disclosure: my wife didn't care for it. She had the 2005 CYT Don Melchor just before, which may have masked this wine's subtlety.
Had the 2005 and 2008 together. The 2008 was darker and more tannic. I feel like in 5 years that the 2008 will actually be a better wine than the 2005, especially if it develops more body. Drink next 2014.
Recent purchase from JJ Buckley for 27 plus shipping. First night we drank most of the bottle with only 1 hour decant. I should have given it more time, but it opened up enough to reveal some red fruits and earth, clearly no flaws or defects. Finish was not long, but it is apparent that the 2008 needs about 3 years to reveal more flavors. The second night the remaining 25% of the bottle (not decanted, bottle just resealed with the cork) showed more expansive fruit, which reflects the 90 score. I will buy more of this wine at the $27 price point, especially considering the price of the 2009. (Over time I will post notes from the 2000, 2005, 2006, 2009 and 2010 HB)
Inky crimson. Earthy overtones, with plum, violets, black currants. Medium to full-bodied, with herb, black fruit, cherry and earth qualities. Starting to show some old world character, but is still fairly ripe for the vintage.
Decantet for 3 hours - poured back into bottle an slow ox for 20 h. Nice dark fruit, but a bit greenish on the side. Not very interesting at this point in my opinion. Will wait at least 3-4 years before trying again.
Tried it after a 2 hour decant and it still seemed not ready -- overly tannic and acidic. It was considerable better then next day, more mellow with a far smoother aftertaste. Could probably use more time in the bottle. If drinking now, best to plan for a long decant.
Now this is my style of Bordeaux! Big, dense, chewy, liquorice, coffee and very, very earthy. An 'old school' Bordeaux that transported me back to a Parisian cafe and whilst drinking lovely now, would reward 3-5+ years cellaring.
Excellent wine. Modern style but has classic bordeaux proportion. Lovely clarity and oak integration. I see why this has been rated so well. A class act - near outstanding wine that will age and improve over time.
A Few Wines on a Thursday (Dave's House): Decanted for approximately 1 hour prior to serving. On the nose, dark fruits, plums, blackberries, earth, crushed rocks, cedar, which was quite nice, however, this was overlaid by a heavy pyrazine note, giving way to huge scents of green bell pepper and celery seed. On the palate, more dark fruits, earth and green notes. Good structure here with some moderate tannins and acidity, exhibiting decent balance, with a good length to the slightly bitter finish. I'm not sure if this greenness is representative or the wine, or whether we had an off bottle. If this wine were less green, it could easily merit a score of two to three points higher.
Blackberry, gravel, coffee, licorice, smoke and earthy aromatics are abundant. Medium bodied, with easy to like textures, this medium bodied Pessac Leognan ends with spicy, black cherries. This Bordeaux value wine is already drinking well.
Tasted blind at TIARI Deux in Aurora. One of our tasters suggested that this wine was corked, however it tasted just the same as the previous bottle I had. This had a very barney nose, along with some raspberries, mushrooms and oak. This was very tart on the pallet (not to my taste) and was a little one dimensional; although, the tart red current/oaky finish lingered for a while. This seemed to open up a bit later on in the night but was still tannic and tart. Perhaps this wine is just still too young. I must note that I had this at the Bordeaux tasting in 2009 and it was a lot more fruit forward and juicy than the last two bottles I had. (88-89 points?)
A bouquet of ripe red berries and a hint of Bazooka Joe bubble gum on the nose. The palate was greeted with a blast of sour cherries and was accompanied with subtle hints of cowhide, juniper berries and day old campfire. An average length finish with lingering graphite notes. A suprisingly tannic wine for the 2008 vintage but nothing close to the 2005, give this one time to settle down and sort out its deamons. Drink 2016 - 2030
Drank this along side 1998 chateau le caillou and 2008 Fombrauge at the 2nd annual Xmas tasting. One of our highly respected tasters was absent and his input was truly missed. This was definitely thicker than the other 2 wines but also right off the bat you noticed the elegance. Drank after decanting 1 1/2 hrs but needs way more time. The nose was barney with slightly charred oak - the barney nose was probably the oak coming through. The nose also had tart cherries pushing through. On the pallet was tart tannins with some tart fruit on the back end. This wine is pretty unapproachable right now and needs a lot of time to settle down.
Day 2: Bright cherries on the nose. Tart cherries on the pallet with sweet oak coming through on the mid pallet and a tannic tart cherry lingering finish. A bit too tart for my taste but would like to see if this settles down. 89-90 points?
Day3: On the nose is sweet wood, but cherry is still the dominant characteristic. The cherry is not as tart but there is some grassyness to the nose producing a fresh scent. On the pallet the tartness of the cherry calmed down a bit but is still there. Sweet wood is pushing through on the mid pallet but is dominated by cherry (Im not sure it will ever push through the tart cherry) has a tart lingering finish. (same score 89-90).
Ruby color. Nose is quite nice with a distinct red fruit layer and a earthy forest layer underneath. Taste did not live up to the complexity of the nose. Balanced fruit with a little pepper. Smooth and seems well made.
1st open out of bottle - Hard, mineral, dirt and tannin, no fruit. 2nd taste after decant, slightly softer still very hard. 3rd taste next day, soap nose with tannin and mineral. Unpleasant, dumped the bottle.
Med-dark ruby color. Expressive nose of dark fruit, some toast, and spices that develop during a couple-hour decant. Bold but table-smooth tannins dominate the structure, with refreshing acidity joining Old World fruit on a surprisingly sinewy palate. Some green on the long tarry finish. Was left with an impression of more jagged immaturity than prior tasting. Bottle variance? Prior wishful thinking? I’m going to wait a year before trying again. ...PS: Balance and flavor much better after 24 hours and after 48. 91-92. If compelled to drink now, filter (already necessary), decant for a couple of hours, and re-bottle uncorked for another 24. Excellent.
Drak ruby with a purple rim. Very fruity nose, with blackcurrant, blueberry, blackberry, violet, black pepper, mint. Mouth has already come together, still very fresh but with surprisingly silky tannins for such a young bordeaux.
Deep red ruby. Nice out of the bottle but better after two-hour decant. Already a gram of sediment. Expressive nose of sweet dark fruit, creamed rich coffee, and feint clove notes. Black-chocolaty and complex fruit in the mouth, fading to soft tannins and then refreshing acidity. Well balanced and excellent; drinking well now.
Aerated into a decanter - opens to a nice bouquet of dark berries and cassis - smooth on the palate with a nice finish. Left a glass in the decanter for the next day and it opened further to a much bigger and longer lasting finish. I wasnt as impressed as other members have been with this wine previously but i am beginning to realize that it needs much more time to develop than i have been allowing it. I still have quite a few bottles left and I will make sure that I decant at least two or three hours before comsuming.
Deep ruby with a small amount of sediment. Nose of cassis, graphite, mint, and cedar which all repeat on the palate. Obviously very young as it shows plenty of tannins but the fruit component is strong. All the same this is quite approachable if you consider what it is and should round out nicely in 3 yrs or so with enough stucture to last at least a decade. Good value.
One of my first '08 Bordeaux and this one really impressed me. Could be mistaken for a California cab in a blind tasting. Surprisingly, drinking quite well now. This has a subtle and elegant profile. A great buy. Am glad I have more.
Deep purple. Light but complex nose of black fruit, earth, and tobacco. Flavor follows nose along with balanced acidity, surprisingly tame (for its youth) but adequate tannins, and "dark" notes (smoke, cacao) on a medium finish. You won't need to wait for this to balance out as it fits together now, although age might put some shoulders on what I found to be a relatively light frame. Better than the 2005, my only other comparison for this label.
Dark in color, focused around blackberry, tar, tobacco, toasty oak and espresso bean. The is much lighter on it's feet than it presents itself. Ultra-silky with a soft caressing mouth-feel. The finish is super long and chewy. This in only get better. (Best from 2013 - 2022) - JD91
What a great value... Very dark with a red rim, nose of tar, tobacco, vanilla, raspberries, definitely a sense of new oak on the palate, with dark fruits, tannins becoming more prominent with a few hours of air... I think this wine could last a while, but if you like young Bordeaux, this is very enjoyable now, will be better in a few.
While this bottle has the subtle smoke and leather i was expecting, the fruit was a little confected and forced which I wasn't quite sure of. The colour is dark ruby with a purple tinge, something I don't really see in bordeaux much.
Showed very well. Pretty, serious nose showing dark fruit, coffee and smoke. Very good concentration and a lush mouthfeel, with sweet tannins and a good balance between the fruit and acidity. Long finish. Drinking well right now.
Pop and poured from a 375. Lush, full dark fruit, polished but has a great sense of smoke / tobacco. Strong but smooth tannins. Confirms my impression from UGC 2008 as one of the best values of the vintage. It didn't beat out wines like Pichon Baron or Malescot for me, but provides plenty of pleasure at a fraction of the cost. I liked it more than the 2008 Larrivet Haut Brion which in previous vintages were good values, especially their 05.
Haut Bergey offers a nose of cherry pipe tobacco, forest floor, blackberry, smoke and coca scents. This easy to like wine will offer a lot of pleasure early. It remains one of the better priced wines from Pessac Leognan.
Union des Grands Grus 2008 Bordeaux Tasting (Barker Hanger, Santa Monica): Nice nose on this, with lots of fruit coming through. Notes of dried fruit, ripe blackberry, vanilla bean, and mocha. Dense dark fruit on the palette, showing espresso, bitter dark cherry, and some spice. Long finish, ending with some tart black cherry, and drying tannins. Good value for the price.
Bordeaux 2008 (Bordeaux): The jury is out on this one. In April, it seemed fresher with floral notes infused with deep black fruit aromas and flavors. It showed sap on the palate, and concentration without evident extraction û just the right tannic qualities for the long term, despite a slightly drying finish. But in June, I got more evident extraction of dryer, even harder tannins. Thick and rich on one level, but slightly gum aching on another. Will the ample concentration hold up against the tannins in the long run? 88-92?