2014 Chateau Haut-Bergeron Sauternes
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.
Lovely density to the notes of sweet tropical fruit and lemony botrytis. Insiders know this property offers great wines and great value. It has vines in both Barsac and Sauternes, so there's a bit more complexity here. Drinking Window 2018 - 2030
Ian D'Agata - Decanter