2014 Haut-Vigneau, Pessac-Léognan (Previously $18)

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Château Haut-Vigneau is owned by Eric Perrin, the son of the late Anthony Perrin of Château Carbonnieux fame. This property is one of the best value reds in all of Bordeaux. (Clyde Beffa, K&L Co-Owner and Bordeaux Buyer)

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Staff Image By: Kirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/15/2017 | Send Email
Delicious. Delivers everything that I want from a wine from this region. Crunchy dark red fruit, stony gravelly tones, a hint of oak and fine polished tannins. This wine way over preforms for the price point.

Staff Image By: Jeff Garneau | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/8/2017 | Send Email
2014 seems like a vintage tailor-made for the Graves region. A long, cool summer kept acid levels high, lending the wines a noticeable freshness and liveliness. A nearly perfect autumn with warm days and cool nights brought the grapes to perfect ripeness, yielding an admirable sweetness of fruit. Add to that the classic Graves mineral profile and you have a veritable trifecta of taste. Owned by the Perrin family, who also own Cru Classé Chateau Carbonnieux, Chateau Haut Vigneau is always a terrific value. This 2014 vintage is partly floral, partly savory on the nose with notes of tobacco and smoke. Very lively and fresh in the mouth with classic Graves minerality and fine tannins. Soft and round with loads of sweet fruit, this medium to full-bodied effort is ready to drink tonight. Decant for best results.

Staff Image By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/18/2017 | Send Email
An overachieving property of Carbonnieux fame that scores big in the price/quality ratio year after year. This gravely wine has hints of spice, mineral and milk chocolate to go along with the crunchy dark currant fruit and sweet, rocky finish. Fairly deep and rich for the appellation but satisfying and super food-friendly.

Staff Image By: David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/1/2016 | Send Email
This is a killer Bordeaux value and it's an eye-opener into how good the 2014 vintage really is. In the modern age of sound bites and short summaries, we tend to classify entire vintages into "good" or "bad." 2009 = good, for example. Anything not hyped as the greatest vintage of all time gets short shrift as a result. When broad strokes like that get painted in the wine world, two things happen: prices stay low and values get overlooked. That's exactly what happened here with the 2014 Haut Vigneau, a wine I've now enjoyed on a number of occasions. The quality is apparent in the first sip, before you've even decanted it. The fruit is pretty and restrained. The tannins are subtle and understated. The minerality of the Graves moves like an undercurrent beneath the berries and the earth. I've had this wine with steak, with chicken, even with Chinese food. It always tastes great. Then I look at the $17.99 price tag and it starts tasting even better.

Staff Image By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/15/2016 | Send Email
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Château Haut-Vigneau is owned by Eric Perrin, the son of the late Anthony Perrin of Chateau Carbonnieux fame. This property is one of the best value reds in all of Bordeaux. The 2014 is absolutely delicious--soft and elegant with tons of ripe red fruit flavors on the mid-palate. This vintage also has a core of mineral on the palate. I prefer this to their 2012.
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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.


- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.


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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.
Alcohol Content (%): 13.5