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1998 Haut-Bergey, Pessac-Léognan

SKU #1145443 Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark Mature ruby with some brick. Deliciously mature nose of undergrowth and sweet spice and leather. Silk slub tannins – ie fine but with some texture. Fresh, lightish but elegant in that lightness. (JH) Inner quote mark (10/2015)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Elegant, spicy, tobacco, cranberry, and red cherry characteristics emerge from this finesse-styled, sweet, flavorful, medium-bodied wine. (RP) Inner quote mark (4/2001)

Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Plenty of cherry, tobacco and mineral aromas. Medium- to full-bodied, with fine tannins and a medium finish. (JS) Inner quote mark (1/2001)

K&L Notes

Noting what an excellent value this wine is, K&L's own Clyde Beffa attributes this red's deep color, fine palate texture and swirling mineral and earth notes as reasons why. He recommends decanting this wine one hour prior to service for maximum expression: "This wine is perfect now to serve with a rack of lamb. Lots of minerality and tons of red fruit flavors. 1998 reds were outstanding from the Pessac-Leognan region. And the price is our best ever. We sold over 1200 bottles at $30.00. Thank you King Dollar." (Clyde Beffa, K&L Bordeaux Buyer)

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By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/19/2017 | Send Email
I bought a case of this on pre-arrival back in 1999. It ran out last year... Am I ever in luck- it is back at a great price! The 1998 vintage was not famous in the Medoc, but produced outstanding wines in Pessac and on the right bank. This full bodied, supple Bordeaux has resolved tannins and has developed excellent texture as well as a long gravelly finish. I love wines like this with skirt steak on the grill. Take advantage of this great deal on a mature Bordeaux from a "secret" great vintage!!!!
Top Value! Drink from 2017 to 2028

By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/12/2017 | Send Email
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This property is owned by the Garcin family who also own Barde haut and Clos Eglise among other properties. We have been visiting the property since the mid 90s when it was purchased. One of their first vintages was 1998, it it represents a great value if you enjoy those early, minerally wines from the south of Bordeaux. A high % of Merlot makes the wines a bit lighter than their Medoc counterparts. We have sold over 2400 bottles of this gem so far and most for $30--Thank you King $$$. Ready to enjoy now, but will cellar a few more years. Soft and perfumey-totally delicious.
Drink from 2016 to 2020

By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/5/2015 | Send Email
This earthy wine is surprisingly rich and hearty for a 1998 Left Bank Bordeaux. Tobacco, mineral and cherry and plum fruit combine with hints of cedar and leather and there is a slightly firm edge to the stony finish. Decant this dry wine tonight and enjoy with hearty fare.

By: Jeff Garneau | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/3/2015 | Send Email
Bordeaux Insiders Tip #112 – the 1998 vintage. 1998 was a difficult vintage in the Médoc and the generally low prices for these wines reflect this. However! 1998 was a much more successful vintage on the Right Bank and in the Graves, producing some surprisingly good wines at bargain prices. The 1998 Haut Bergey, Pessac-Leognan is a great example. Lovely aged notes of cedar and truffle on the nose. Good weight in the mouth with deliciously ripe, red fruits - sweet cherry and tart currant. Classic Graves minerality. Tannins fine but firm offering some grip on the finish. A nicely aged claret still possessed of youthful, ripe fruit that you can enjoy tonight.

By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/24/2014 | Send Email
I was blown away by how beautifully this was showing when we tasted it a few days ago. Showing red berry fruits, lots of brightness and refreshing acidity, this is showing all the merits of the '98 vintage in Graves.

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