The affordability of Bordeaux has taken quite a pummelling in recent vintages, bar 2011. Top tier wines such as La Mission and Haut Brion are priced beyond the non-investors. The next rung down the ladder such as Haut Bailly saw such speculative price increases for ’09 and ’10 that even with a price reduction for ’12, feeling on the ground is that it’d take further discounting to really draw back the punters. Haut Bergey falls into my third tier of Bordeaux affordability, which comprise of good quality wines at €10-15 that remain within second thoughts of the mid-range wine buyer in Australia. Despite our high AUD value, I certainly haven’t felt any benefits thanks high alcohol duties!
AUD$50 from Nicks (I’ve seen it for $40 in the USA). A 70/30 blend of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, slightly different from other wineries which tend to use a little cabernet franc, petit verdot or malbec too. Intense ruby colour with a purple rim. Such a beautiful aromatic profile, pork ribs marinated in tangy Asian plum sauce, drying tobacco leaf, mulberries and savoury blackcurrants. Rough silk mouthfeel, a medium+ bodied wine with high acidity which provides the initial hit, then gives way to the firm angled young tannins. 14% alc. I have the impression its really coiled right now, and will need some time to reveal itself. A delicious drink, it makes me want to light up a cigar right now and draw out my whiskey.. no it’s not that late in the evening! And I don’t smoke, and I’m abstaining from single malts. Patience will allow this wine to develop further and showcase its multi-layered nature. Drink now, or 2023+. 92/100