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2013 Chateau Haut-Bergeron Sauternes Magnum (1500ml)
Many experts consider Chateau Haut Bergeron to be the best of the non classified Sauternes. Part of the secret of the success of Robert Lamothes and his sons Patrick and Herue is the terroir. The 28 hectare vineyard is split on such a way, that part of the vines are in Barsac, (next to Chateau Climens), part are at Preignac and a large slice next to Chateau d’Yquem. At one stage the label used to boast this fact, with the words 'CONTIGU d’YQUEM'. Son, Herue is a dedicated and passionate winemaker who ages wine in 25% to 50% new oak casks. The exact percentage depends upon the vintage conditions.
The 2013 Haut Bergeron is a little pinched on the nose: quite stony and reticent with touches of apple blossom reluctantly emerging with aeration. The palate is well-balanced with fine delineation and well-judged acidity, while the finish demonstrates more elegance than the nose suggests. I am cautiously optimistic about this Sauternes.
Neal Martin - Wine Advocate
Soft and forward in style, with creamed peach and mango notes lined with light matchstick and bitter almond accents. Friendly, but lacks the definition of top examples. Drink now through 2017. 2,500 cases made.