2005 Haut Bergey Bordeaux Blend

Bordeaux Blend - 750ML
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NM 91 WS 91 JL 90 JG 90 WA 90
NM 91

Neal Martin's Wine Journal, July 2009

91+ Tasted single blind at Southwold. This is a little simplistic on the nose with a touch of the old blackcurrant wine gums but fresh and lively. The palate has some dryness: austere and backward with compressed dusty...
WS 91

Wine Spectator, March 2008

Aromas of mineral blackberry and licorice lead to a full body with lots of racy tannins and a long flavorful finish. There's plenty of character with a polished refined style yet tannic. Best after 2011. 9830 cases made...
JL 90

TheWineCellarInsider.com, June 2015

Displaying a lightness in color, there is a mature, softness to the dark berries, with a perfume of earth, cherries, espresso and fresh herbs that feel round and soft in the berry, filled finish. This is not a wine to...
JG 90

View From The Cellar, January 2008

Château Haut-Bergey was one of the most pleasant surprises of the entire 2005 tasting. Michel Rolland had consulted here for some years in the past, but the château owner had decided that he was dissatisfied with the...
WA 90

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, June 2015

Charcoal, espresso roast, blackcurrants and spice are all present in this medium-bodied, nicely concentrated, relatively evolved and precocious Haut-Bergey, which is just now attaining its plateau of maturity. Soft...


Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Pessac Leognan
Vintage 2005
Size 750ML
Percent alcohol 13%
Closure Cork

It was love at first sight and the promising charm of Chateau Haut-Bergey that led Sylviane Garcin-Cathiard, granddaughter of a wine merchant and a successful business woman, to acquire and renovate this 28.5-hectare property in the heart of Leognan, a leading area of the Graves region. The estate’s foremost principle is to produce a wine of excellent quality, sparing no efforts to continuously improve craftsmanship and expertise.

The vineyard of comprises 26.5 hectares of red grapes and 2 hectares of white grapes. It is well exposed to the south and south-west on slightly sloping grounds, ensuring natural drainage. During summertime and especially in September, the gravel topsoil reflects absorbed heat onto the bunches of grapes, thus improving the process of ripening. The subsoil, which influences the deep-rooted vines, is composed of clay and chalk streaked with iron-bearing parts.

Grapes for Haut-Bergey's red are hand picked and transported in small boxes. The winemaking is traditional, with every parcel vinified separately in stainless steel tanks. The wine is aged in 50% new French oak barrels for 16 to 18 months. The blend ranges from 54% to 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, the rest being Merlot. Haut-Bergey is medium-bodied and ages well for 8-15 years, depending on the vintage.

Ladies and gentlemen, allow me to introduce the 2005 Haut Bergey from Pessac Leognan, Bordeaux. This red Bordeaux blend is a true gem that showcases the elegance and complexity of the region. With a rich history and reputation for producing exceptional wines, Bordeaux is a name that resonates with wine enthusiasts around the world.

In the glass, the 2005 Haut Bergey exhibits a dark ruby hue at its core, gradually fading towards the rim. The nose is enticing, opening with enticing aromas of sweet plum, grilled beef, tobacco, and smoke. As you delve deeper, notes of cassis and crushed rocks emerge, adding layers of complexity.

On the palate, this wine truly shines. It is full-bodied and exudes richness, caressing the senses with flavors of vanilla, raspberry, and lavender. The mid-palate showcases a wonderful acidity that lingers alongside flavors of mocha and espresso, leading into a long and satisfying finish. The tannins are firm yet integrated, providing structure and ensuring that this wine has the potential to age gracefully.

Expert reviewers have also sung praises for the 2005 Haut Bergey. Jeff Loo from JJ Buckley awarded it 89 points, praising its length, richness, and the wonderful acidity that lingers on the palate. Tracey Rose, also from JJ Buckley, scored it an impressive 93 points, describing it as a beautifully maturing Bordeaux that leaves you wanting more.

Other esteemed publications have also recognized the quality of this wine. Wine Spectator awarded it 91 points, highlighting its mineral aromas, racy tannins, and long flavorful finish. Robert Parker's Wine Advocate bestowed it with 90 points, emphasizing the charcoal, espresso roast, blackcurrant, and spice notes.

In conclusion, the 2005 Haut Bergey is a Bordeaux blend that epitomizes the excellence of the Pessac Leognan region. With its complex aromas, rich palate, and potential for aging, it is a wine that demands attention and appreciation. Whether enjoyed now or cellared for a few more years, this wine is sure to impress even the most discerning of palates. Cheers!