91 Points - Robert Parker
Another sleeper of the vintage, the relatively evolved, elegant, complex 2008 Haut-Bergey offers up notes of smoked tobacco, cassis, cherries, licorice, Asian plum sauce and spice box. With abundant fruit, an opulent texture and an elegant style, this pretty, medium-bodied, richly fruity wine should drink well for 12-14 years. (Tasted May 2011)
Another sleeper of the vintage, the relatively evolved, elegant, complex 2008 Haut-Bergey offers up notes of smoked tobacco, cassis, cherries, licorice, Asian plum sauce and spice box. With abundant fruit, an opulent texture and an elegant style, this pretty, medium-bodied, richly fruity wine should drink well for 12-14 years.
Robert Parker on May 1st, 2011
Château Haut-Bergey sits in the heart of the Pessac Léognan appellation close to Domaine de Chevalier. The Château produces mainly red wine, around 4,500 cases per year (Almost 50/50 Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot blend) a white wine named Château Haut-Bergey Blanc (A Sauvignon Blanc and Sémillon blend) and a very small amount of rosé, named Cuvé Paul. It was taken over in 1991 by Sylviane Garcin-Cathiard and her husband Gaston and today, the estate is managed by Sylviane’s daughter, Helene Garcin-Levesque and consultant oenologist, Dr Alain Raynaud. In addition to Château Haut Bergey, the Garcin-Cathiard family also own Château Branon, Château Barde Haut and Château Poesia and Clos L’Eglise. Château Haut-Bergey also produces a second wine, L’Etoile de Bergey.
Bordeaux is not only the most famous wine producing region in France but in the world, with the most prestigious châteaux and wines in the industry. Its history dates back to the Roman times and today is the largest producing region of fine wines. Vineyards in Bordeaux are known by châteaux and therefore the name of each individual château is an important brand.
Many top wines are sold ‘En Primeur’ meaning that they are sold in the barrel prior to bottling. Almost 90% of the wine produced in Bordeaux is red (called ‘Claret’ in the UK) from over 8,500 producers. The main reason for the success of the wine production in Bordeaux is the perfect combination of climate, with long hours of sunshine ideal for ripening the grapes and well-draining gravel soil. Appellations are an important part of the Bordeaux culture and the region has 54 appellations recognized by the AOC, the Appellation d’Origine Controlle.
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