2005 Lamothe Bergeron, Haut-Médoc

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From a legendary vintage and a virtually unknown producer! Old world in style, this Claret has a rustic character which makes it drinkable now. It also has a touch of New World character, too, which makes it sweet and sexy after decanting. 52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Merlot and 14% Cabernet Franc. Based in the small village of Cussac, just south of St-Julien, this estate under general manager Alain Duhau has become one of the driving forces in the area.

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By: Clyde Beffa Jr. |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 8/9/2011  | Send Email
I really love this wine's rusticity. It also has a touch of New World character, too, which makes it sweet and sexy after decanting.

By: Jim Barr |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 8/31/2010  | Send Email
After thirty-eight-plus years in the wine retail business, one rule of buying that has been consistently burned into my tiny brain is that the difference in quality between the 1865 classified growths of the Haut Medoc and the Premier to Grand Cru Growths of the Right Bank Wines (Saint Emilion, Pomerol and the outlying areas), are significant in average to questionable vintages vis-à-vis the several thousand of other productions from the lesser growths from the other Chateaux of Bordeaux. However, in great vintages that quality difference significantly shrinks. Add to that the modernization of the way wine is produced the last twenty-five in such areas as Bordeaux, the high quality of productions coming from these lesser growths make them incredible buys, particularly in vintages as outstanding as 2005. This is what you will receive with the Chateau Lamothe Bergeron 2005 Haut Medoc; great quality at a dirt-cheap price. Deep ruby in color, the opulent nose presents wonderful aromas of cassis, blackberry and even a mild spicy white pepper undertone, all of which is underscored by roasted coffee bean as well as cedar notes. In the mouth, you will be treated to a lush, broad wine that is balanced, yet full, with integrated silky tannins, superb acid structure and a finish that refuses to give up. Anderson has informed me that this will be one of our house reds for the the month, although it will age if that is what you want to do with it. 13% ABV (Jim Barr)
Drink from 2010 to 2015

By: Jeffrey Jones |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 6/14/2010  | Send Email
Another great buy from the exceptional 2005 vintage. The Lamothe Bergeron is big and full bodied with nice juicy fruit, but what impressed me the most, was the complexity, earthyness and balance. This a good priced Bordeaux that can be enjoyed now or aged for a few more years. This a wine for those who like traditional Bordeaux with a touch more fruit than usual due to the vintage.

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.
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