The 2015 vintage was unanimously appreciated by the greatest …
The 2015 vintage was unanimously appreciated by the world’s greatest tasters. In Bordeaux’s vineyards, it’s an unusual year, especially in Sauternes.
The summer was hot and dry until the end of August when a few showers allowed the noble rot to develop in optimal conditions.
Thus wines of Sauternes are very good, even exceptional.
Our estate’s wines were particularly successful and acclaimed by the critics:
Château Haut-Bergeron 2015 got very good scores for this vintage, but also several awards:
91-93/100 – Neal Martin“The 2015 Haut Bergeron has a well-defined, quite linear and correct bouquet with subtle honey and acacia scent. The palate is well balanced, smooth int the mouth with white chocolate tincturing the honeyed fruit. I appreciate the acidity of this Sauternes – more understated than its peers, but sophisticated and well crafted. Bravo!”
17,5-18/20 – La Revue du Vin de France “Six pickings for this fresh and very fragrant wine between citrus and pineapple. Nice taut mouth that goes from a powerful attack to a very fine finish. Pretty duality between strength and elegance. A Chateau that rises every year. Bravo! “
95-96/100 – Bettane & Desseauve“Sumptuous expressions of botrytis of the year with a rather phenomenal liquor richness without loss of finesse or balance. “
Gold Medal – 2018 Frankfurt International Trophy Competition
97/100 – Platinum Medal – Decanter Awards 2018
Château Farluret 2015 was rewarded with the gold medal of the ELLE “a table” wine competition
Château Fontebride won the gold medal at the Paris competition for its 2015 vintage
The Ilot de Haut-Bergeron has been rewarded with two silver medals, one in the Paris competition and the other in the “prix plaisir” competition (less than 15 euros wine competition).
showered with medals
Since 1964, Château Haut-Bergeron has recorded no less than 118 medals, including 68 gold medals, which makes it the most rewarded winery of Sauternes.
The role of women during the war
The role of the spouses has always been important alongside the winemakers, but it became a determining factor during the successive wars. This is the case of Fernande Lamothe who assured all the difficult tasks in the vineyard for several years while her husband Gaston and his employee Adrien, had been called to fight in 1939.
1942 and 1945 were two beautiful vintages.
Jean Paul Kauffman
During his 3-years detention in Lebanon, the journalist writer Jean-Paul Kauffman said that he often used to dream of good wines and among others a certain Haut-Bergeron. In his book ” Voyage à Bordeaux ” he wrote after his release, he talks about our estate and its owner ” The excellent Robert Lamothe ” …
The child of the house
Adrien Lafabrie was a 12-year-old boy born in 1919 in a modest family, when our family welcomed him. Imprisoned during the war at age 19 for 5 years, when he was released, he returned to the farm and fell in love with Germaine, an employee of the Château. Together, they got married at Haut-Bergeron, and lived not far from the winery. For more than 50 years, Adrien and Germaine worked tirelessly for Haut-Bergeron. When he died, Adrien went to join eternity while drinking a bottle of Haut-Bergeron.
Gratifying for Haut Bergeron but dishonest
For a few years, an unscrupulous wine merchant was coming to buy Haut-Bergeron in order to sell them. It was working very well : indeed, he was dressing our bottles with labels, capsules and caps of one of the most famous Chateau of the appellation! An effective way to make a good living, but fortunately, justice has quickly solved this problem.
In 9, great vintages
Did you know ?
For Château Haut-Bergeron, almost all years in 9 are exceptional years!
1929, 1949, 1959, 1969, 1979, 1989, 1999, 2009.
Some years deprived of Château Haut-Bergeron
In viticulture and especially in Sauternes, Mother Nature reigns. We often had the opportunity to check this fact : the years 1927, 1930, 1931, 1933, 1934, 1935, 1938, 1941, 1944, 1951, 1954, 1958, 1960, 1963, 1965, 1974, and 1993 were deprived us of Bergeron (or very few bottles on certain vintages).
In order to unify the vineyard and facilitate the work of viticulture, we have made in recent years an exchange of parcels of equivalent quality with our illustrious neighbor Yquem. A 60-ares plot ares that we cherish preciously
Robert, an exceptional man
Robert Lamothe has been one of the main actors in the dynamics of Haut-Bergeron during the last 50 years. But his role in the profession and interprofession was also decisive. The highest responsibilities at the Syndicat and at the Maison du Sauternes, his involvement with the CIVB, the INAO and the FDGVB were hailed in December 2005 by the Chevalier medal and then the Commander of the Mérite Agricole, awarded by the minister of the agriculture of the time.
Our “old ladies”
Following the catastrophic episode of Phylloxera, some rows of vines have fortunately survived. These vines, we call “our old ladies”, are today more than 100 years old ! Guarantors of the past, we pay them special attention, and their grapes, collected with the greatest care, have been dedicated to a special cuvée since 1996. The vines are 100% Sémillon and they are the great pride of the Château. Surprisingly fresh, precise and balanced, endowed with a wide aromatic palette and an endless length, this exceptional nectar with a honeyed taste will make you feel like you are a bee the time of a tasting.
A plot of exception
In 1990, the property expanded thanks to the purchase of a plot located between the two branches of Ciron. It’s a small island !
Unique in Sauternes ! Ideally located, this plot benefits from a prodigious development of noble rot !