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2018 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.
Bright straw gold tinged colour. Potent honeyed apricot, lemon and dried pineapple aromas mix with hints of marmalade, candied citrus and spice notes. Underpinning the lush, honey drenched apricot and peach fruits is a refreshing line of acidity. Sweet tropical fruit, marmalade, citrus and spice characters ensue. Superb power and concentration yet possesses an elegant freshness. Concludes long, rich, exotic and creamy textured.
Drink over the next 5-6 years.
The 2018 Haut-Bergeron is pale to medium lemon-gold colored and has a seriously citrusy nose of key lime pie, baked lemons and pink grapefruit with touches of allspice, beeswax, Manuka honey and coriander seed. The palate is rich, spicy and decadent with a pleasant oiliness to the texture and a seducing finish.
Lisa Perrotti-Brown – Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate