Critic Robert Parker described this as "Consistently one of the top, under-the-radar wines of Pessac-Léognan". It has to be good to have 14 years age and still be tasting silky, complex and long. A mellow claret with earthy, leafy red fruit length.
Haut-Bergey dates back to the 15th century, a time when the vineyards of Pessac Léognan were more numerous, and even praised by the diarist Samuel Pepys. These days many have been engulfed by the city of Bordeaux – sadly, as this is where some of the region’s greatest, often undervalued clarets can be found. This property was purchased by Sylviane Garcin Carthiad in 1991 and full renovations begun in the cellar and vineyards. It shows in the superb quality of the wines and their longevity. Cabernet-led, with a sizeable portion of Merlot lending roundness, it was aged in 50% new oak barrels for 16 months. Showing mature dusty fruits, it is mellow, with cedar, earthy, spice complexity. Serve with game or, as a plain foil, with chicken.
"Oak spice and dark fruit on the nose, quite sweet smelling. The tannins add freshness on the finish"
Jancis Robinson MW For the 2007 vintage
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