Haut Bergey 2002
There’s nothing quite like a generous slice of beautifully ready-to-drink Bordeaux – except perhaps:
· a very generous slice
· at a bargain price
· in our cellars now...
After trying this a few weeks ago in a line up covering several vintages and price levels (including more lauded Bordeaux names) this stood out a country mile. We literally hoovered up all we could. We’ve just pulled the cork on another bottle this afternoon and it’s bonkers!
Haut Bergey is a slice of Bordelais nobility with winegrowing history heading back to the 15th century. The current Prince of this fine Pessac domaine, Paul Garcin, is himself a part of the local ‘royalty’: he took over the estate from his sister, the formidable Helene Garcin-Leveque, who in turn took over from her mother Sylviane Garcin-Cathiard (granddaughter of a prominent negociant) – whose brother Daniel runs neighbouring Smith-Haut-Lafitte with his wife. With almost 30 hectares spread across fine gravel soils, planted almost equally to Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, Haut Bergey is a remarkably consistent estate that has somehow remained under the radar.
We have worked closely with the family for many years and are delighted to have been offered a parcel, direct from the Chateau, just perfect for immediate consumption and for enjoyment over the coming 5+ years. Whilst there are many 2002s which underwhelm, the Pessac-Leognans tend not to be amongst them and when we tasted the 2002 Haut Bergey we had to double-check the label to make sure the vintage was right! This sometimes challenging vintage was saved by a magnificent Indian summer which provided the 2002 Haut Bergey with rich, bright fruit and supple texture – all of which have come to the fore with 15 years’ ageing. As Mr Parker comments; ‘One of the best over-achieving, value-priced wines in Pessac-Leognan, Haut-Bergey’s vineyard enjoys a superb location near Malartic-Lagraviere and Domaine de Chevalier’.Vinous’ Steven Tanzer goes a little further:‘Sexy aromas of blackberry, chocolate, coffee, smoke and game; a bit Burgundian. Then smoky, pliant and seamless, with a plump middle and moderate density’.
Delighted to offer this do-not-miss Claret.