2015 Chateau Haut-Bergeron Sauternes (375ml)
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.
A vastly underrated estate in the world of Sauternes.
Deep golden colour with a pale gold hue. Potent honeyed peach aromas waft out of the glass with notions of dried apricot, marmalade, distinct botrytis spice and toffee apple notes ensuing. Rich with a thick luscious mouthfeel yet finishing with beautiful freshness, the fabulously concentrated palate is drenched with honey, ripe apricot and peach fruits which meld into notions of juicy pineapple, toffee apple and marmalade. Magnificent power with cleansing acidity and an exceptionally long aftertaste that lingers well after the wine has been swallowed.
Drink over the next 6-8 years.
85% Sémillon, 15% Sauvignon Blanc. Amazingly concentrated nose of honey and flowers, the palate is richly unctuous with intense layers of pineapple, mango and honey, great depth of flavour underpinned with delicious acidity, lovely wine.
Decanter World Wine Awards 2018