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1997 Haut-Bergey, Pessac-Léognan SKU #1124363

Price: $29.99

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K&L Notes

Here's a ridiculous value in ready-to-drink Bordeaux. Time in the bottle helps integrate flavor compounds and soften tanning to develop greater complexity. This was really delicious to begin with and has only gotten better. Load up.

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  • Jeffrey Jones
    By: Jeffrey Jones
    3/8/2013
    K&L Staff Member
    This is a delicious Bordeaux that is ready to drink now. It is not a big weighty monster but tends more towards elegance. There is nice fruit and impressive minerals flavors. It will go well with chicken or pork.
  • Mike Parres
    By: Mike Parres
    3/8/2013
    K&L Staff Member
    Classic 1997! Don't let the low price scare you away. This reminds me of the 1997 Cantemerle: it drank well young, but has aged very well. The palate shows, wild spicy berry and floral characters, med-bodied, with soft tannins with nice length on the finish.
  • Steve Bearden
    By: Steve Bearden
    3/8/2013
    K&L Staff Member
    This starts with soft, dusty, earthy tones that continue to open up as the wine gets more air. The color is quite deep and reveals a middle of lively and sweet ranier cherry fruit and a finish showing pronounced minerality. The overall inmpression is of gentle yet still fresh elegance.
  • Jeff Garneau
    By: Jeff Garneau
    3/8/2013
    K&L Staff Member
    I am always on the lookout for well priced, older Bordeaux to enjoy during our Friday night steak and claret dinners. Over the past few years I have had great luck with the '97 vintage; the wines are generally well priced and aging beatifully. The 1997 Haut Bergey, Pessac Leognan offers terrific value for $23.99. Shows mature notes of truffle and cured meat. Rich in texture with appreciable breadth and weight in the midpalate. Intensely mineral with classic Graves character. Decant and enjoy!
  • Gary Westby
    By: Gary Westby
    3/8/2013
    K&L Staff Member
    I have been following the wines of Haut Bergey in Pessac Leognan for many years and buy them on pre-arrival with regularity. In the last month I have opened a number of vintages from the cellar and enjoyed them very much, so I was thrilled to see the 1997 come in. This light to medium bodied claret will appeal very much to fans of the more herbal style of Cabernet. I loved its supple, seamless texture and almost Chinon like olive flavors. I bought some right away!
  • Steve Greer
    By: Steve Greer
    3/8/2013
    K&L Staff Member
    Another steal from the so-called "off-vintage" of 1997. This wine is for consumption now. Sweet tobacco, spice and dried cherry on the nose. Amazingly bright palate with nice acidity dried cherries, earthy spices and just a touch of tartness on the finish.
  • Clyde Beffa Jr.
    By: Clyde Beffa Jr.
    3/8/2013
    K&L Staff Member
    Lively, spicy wine with a good life ahead. Mineral undertones. One of the great values for drinking now. Open one hour and enjoy with a nice steak or burger.

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