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2017 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.
Bright golden straw colour with a pale straw hue. A shade more restrained than both the 2018 and 2019 vintages, the nose opens up to reveal peach, citrus and apricot aromas which have a honeyed overlay. Also making an appearance are hints of marmalade and spice. The most elegant of the trio, coating the palate are fresh apricot and peach fruits which sit over a honeyed citrus back drop. Some pineapple, lemon and spice characters linger on the back half which is enlivened by fresh acidity. Long, luscious conclusion.
Drink over the next 6-8 years.
The 2017 Haut-Bergeron is gorgeous. Apricot, honey, orange confit, crême brulée, wild flowers and mint are all beautifully delineated in this striking, racy, opulent Sauternes. In the glass, the 2017 is beautifully textured and lush, yet it retains terrific freshness to balance things out. This Haut-Bergeron shows a more exotic, burnished flavor profile than many other wines. Drink it over the next decade or so. Drink 2022-2032.
Antonio Galloni – Vinous