2004 Haut-Bergey, Pessac-Léognan

SKU #1180392 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 A top-notch effort from proprietress Helene Garcin, Haut-Bergey’s 2004 exhibits an evolved, cedary, smoky, tobacco, and sweet cherry-scented bouquet offered in a medium-bodied, supple-textured style. (RP)  (6/2007)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Red-ruby. Sexy, rather wild aromas of roasted raspberry and game. Supple but firm-edged, with good grip to the raspberry and mineral flavors. There's good fruit here but limited fat and a restrained sweetness. (ST)  (6/2007)

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Staff Image By: Ivan Diaz | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/7/2017 | Send Email
While the 2004 vintage in Bordeaux receives little in the way of recognition, there are several gems to be found at the value level that drink with quality well beyond whatever the vintage and price point might suggest. Such is the 2004 Haut Bergey, a softer Pessac-Leognan with classic flavors of plum, black cherry, cedar, coffee bean, bell pepper, and sweet tobacco. Plenty of minerality follows through from the nose to the palate and the acidity helps glide us through to the long finish.

Staff Image By: Morgan Laurie | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/24/2017 | Send Email
The 2004 Haut Bergey is another great example of beautiful, well made Bordeaux at an exceptional price point. The wine opens up with some air and reveals ripe blackberry, tobacco leaf, cedar and sour cherries with a touch of smoke. It's velvety and balanced, perfect for a burger at home.

Staff Image By: Jeff Garneau | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/30/2017 | Send Email
2004 is one of those often overlooked vintages. Not in the top rank for the decade but solidly good, with quite a few well-priced wines of superb quality. The 2004 Chateau Haut Bergey from Pessac-Leognan is certainly one of these. Showing nice integration of the oak and just a hint of age with notes of coffee and tobacco. Notable acidity with bright, sweet red fruits – red currant and sour cherry. Classically mineral in character with firm, fine tannins.

Staff Image By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/1/2016 | Send Email
This wine is delicious now and will cellar well for another 10 years. The 2004 Bordeaux vintage was very underestimated as it came in between the hyped 2003 and 2005. Prices are very reasonable and the wines are classic Bordeaux--not overdone. This wine has that mineral nose that follows to the palate. Bright fruit and great acidity. Open an hour and enjoy with a rare steak. Under $30 Bordeaux that taste this good are hard to find.

Staff Image By: Alex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/28/2016 | Send Email
The ’04 Haut Bergey is showing quite nicely at this point in its life. It took some decanting to finally get the fruit to fully unfold; but once it did its vibrancy was astounding! Rounded ripe red berries, sweet peppers, anise and old treated leather are framed beautifully by 50% new oak influence and strong, polished tannins. The finish is long and interesting with a crisp acidic edge. A top choice amongst great value, ready-to-drink Bordeaux. ​

Staff Image By: Shaun Green | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/18/2015 | Send Email
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Here's your chance to get a lovely classic ready to drink Bordeaux at a great price. Wonderfully rich and smooth texture with a medium weight yet complex qualities of tobacco leaf, roasted nuts under lovely berry fruit. Don't miss this one!
Top Value!

Staff Image By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/5/2015 | Send Email
Many wines from the under appreciated 2004 Bordeaux vintage are finally starting to strut their stuff and this is a prime example. This is restrained and balanced with a lingering sweetness to the crisp finish. The middle is filled with smoky cherry and plum fruit, notes of tobacco and hints of earth that are lively, fresh and textured. Enjoy this tonight or age further.

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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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- Graves is the large red and white wine region located to the southeast of the city of Bordeaux along the Garonne River. Cabernet Sauvignon dominates the red wines from the area, while the whites are mixtures of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon. The most important area within the Graves is the village of Pessac-Leognan. Most of the great chateaux, including Haut Brion, a premier cru and the only wine outside of the Medoc to be included in the 1855 Classification, are located in this small appellation. Graves derives its name from the rocky, stony terrain of the region. Many people believe that the stony soil radiates the day's heat at night and thus makes the grapes ripen earlier than the other regions in Bordeaux.