1997 Haut-Bergey, Pessac-Léognan

SKU #1124363 Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Pleasant aromas of plums and chocolate. Medium-bodied, with soft tannins and a fruity finish. (JS) Inner quote mark (1/2000)

K&L Notes

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

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Price: $29.99
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By: Jeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/8/2013 | Send Email
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.

By: Mike Parres | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/8/2013 | Send Email
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.

By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/8/2013 | Send Email
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.

By: Jeff Garneau | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/8/2013 | Send Email
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!

By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/8/2013 | Send Email
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!

By: Steve Greer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/8/2013 | Send Email
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.

By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/8/2013 | Send Email
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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