It is often difficult to determine when is the best time to open a bottle of Sauternes: 1, 5, 10 years or much more? It’s just a matter of taste!
And you ? What do you prefer ?
A young wine, attractive, with its aromatic range, freshness and liveliness?
Or an old bottle that will make you discover more mature wines, smooth, with honeyed aromas of gingerbread?
The ideal of course is to follow a vintage throughout its ageing, in order to appreciate its evolution …
Pale – Gold
Large aromatic range of citrus fruits, exotic fruits, white flowers and yellow fruits. Lemon, grapefruit, pineapple, mango, lychee, vanilla, acacias, peach, apricot, nectarine
Less wide array of aromas, but more complex wines, candied fruit.
Orange and candied apricot, peach, melon, quince, mirabelle plum
Wines displaying aromas of prune or plum, hazelnut and saffron.
100 and over,
Sauternes tend towards aromas of coffee, gingerbread, licorice and caramel. Beyond 100 years, the ultimate stage appears with aromas of undergrowth, mushrooms, it is the return to earth, its initial state: the cycle is completed.
WHICH FOOD AND WINE PAIRING?
You can enjoy a Sauternes from Château Haut-Bergeron on its own, as an aperitif or during a meal.
Contrary to popular belief, this bottle can be drunk throughout a meal, from starter to dessert.
Sauternes goes well with many dishes; of course a foie gras, a salad, but also a fine fish with butter or cream sauce, roasted poultry or other white meats, spicy food, but also blue cheeses or some light desserts or tarts (raspberry or lemon pie).
We invite you to simply enjoy a Sauternes from Château Haut-Bergeron whenever you want, keeping a bottle cool in your fridge. Once opened, it can be kept for several days.
Here are some culinary ideas that are offered by the gourmet restaurant Claude DARROZE located in Langon
Gascon Marbled Foie Gras
Gascon Foie Gras, marbled with fine layers of duck broth and Timut pepper, artichoke and pepper mousse, almond milk emulsion
Roasted British lobster, early vegetables, shellfish emulsion
Oven-roasted Graves lamb rack, with herbs crust, low-temperature cooked leg of lamb, Tajine-style lamb shoulder pastilla, mini pepper and stuffed zucchini flower
Fruit and citrus pie
Checkerboard “Trompe-l’oeil” Fruit and citrus pie, British shortbread
Creamy scrambled egg, black truffle chips from Périgord
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 !