Almost precisely 5 years since my last bottle, which is the start of the window I suggested to dive into the next (5-10 years). Opened due to all the recent good notes, so thanks community! Pop and poured. Quite dark in color. Huge fruit on the nose, rich licorice, dark blackberries, graphite and sweet soil. Really rich, lovely and confident aromas. Smells very well integrated and pretty; the best aspect of this wine today. Palate is immediately hitting with acid and puckering tannin, but there's also plenty of really well integrated soft, pure pretty dark red fruits and slight spice. Creamy finish and quite large tannins pounding on the finish. A few moments after swallowing though the tannins do recede a bit and you're left with more nice pure milk chocolate and creamy red berry notes. Reading my note from 5 years ago, it does appear some of the tannins have integrated a bit, and there's certainly more fruit expressing. That said, I still think this wine needs at least 5 years to actually start an ideal drinking window, but it's certainly drinking decently today. After a few more hours open this began shutting down more. I came back to this wine after 24 hours and it was basically all structure and drinking more at 88 points. After 48 hours it was already going off, which was a bit surprising.
This is not a profound wine but it is lovely. It is distinctively Pessac. It will never be La Mission, but these wines are going for $20-35 and they are well-crafted, "pure", smoky, with black cherries, under control alcohol levels, 10-20 year age-worthiness. They are a slight notch below their right bank relatives at Barde-Haut, but they are a few dollars lower in price as well. As delicious and seductive as the 2005 Haut Bergey and 2005 Barde Haut are, I think I give the 2012 versions of each even an extra point or two. These are lovely, well-crafted, well-priced Bordeaux wines. This 2005 Haut Bergey is still youthful but showing evolution and will drink well for at least another 5-10 years. The 2012 Haut Bergey goes for $23, which is a no brainer. 91 points.
Ruby with lightening on edges. Subtle nose of plum and a bit of cherry and mint and flour. Fine sweetness on the attack, very fresh, with svelte, silky smooth texture and good acidity. Palate of wild strawberries, ripe plums, sweet raspberry, flour, thyme, a touch of blackberry paste. Nice smaller wine that is at least 3 years into its mature phase.
Decanted about 2 hours. Paired with grilled filet mignon. Dark fruit on the nose and great earthy taste on the pallet. Nice smokey flavor, maybe a hint of mint? Certainly some spice notes as well. A very nice wine for the money.
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