Chateau Haut Bergey 2003 Pessac Leognan

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Chateau Haut Bergey 2003 Pessac Leognan

1,190.00

BORDEAUX | FRANCE

In both appearance and taste, the 2003 Haut-Bergey is a physically sound, well-balanced older wine at peak maturity, displaying a still-vibrant dark garnet core moving to some orange and brick colors on the rim. The juicier fruit of youth is now a more subdued mix of dried black cherry, orange zest, and red/black currant infused with savory notes of leather, wild mushroom, graphite, anise, tobacco, and sandalwood. The magic bullet here is a still-fresh level of acidity and only a trace amount of oxidation—the ideal amount given the wine’s age—lending notes of hazelnut on the finish. The tannins, likely not sharp to begin with, are pillow-soft and there’s no undue alcohol heat on the long and aromatic finish. It’s everything you want from a mature red, but rather than decant it, I’d say just pull the cork and stand it up a few hours before serving in Bordeaux stems at 60 degrees. Let it open up in the glass, which it will do quickly, and simply pour gently to keep any sediment at the bottom (or side) of the bottle. This will make a heady, aromatic companion to a wintry beef stew, the kind of wine I could imagine someone finishing off in their library, followed by a cigar (that’s not my style, but I’m not knocking it). However you consume it, I’m sure you will enjoy it. Cheers!

Varietals: Cabernet Sauvignon Blend

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