2012 Haut-Bergey, Pessac-Léognan (Pre-Arrival)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Another brilliant effort from proprietress Helene Garcin, the opaque ruby/purple-colored, medium-bodied 2012 Haut-Bergey reveals lots of smoky barbecue, forest floor, black currant and damp earth notes in a surprisingly dense, concentrated, positive, complete style. An outstanding mid-palate and length make for an impressive showing. This 2012 should drink well for 12-15 years.
Barrel sample. This very fresh wine is packed with juicy black currant flavors. It’s ripe, soft tannins show a full and delicious character already.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Deep red-ruby with purple highlights. Complex aromas of cassis, violet and spices, complemented by sweet oak and lifted by a peppery menthol nuance. Not a fleshy wine but juicy, firm and aromatic, with lovely balancing acidity enlivening the clean blueberry and blackcurrant flavors. Fiinishes with sweet tannins and very good length and balance.
Features fresh-cut pomegranate and steeped raspberry notes, with a good, juicy, briary feel through the spice-tinged finished. Not deep, but lively and inviting.