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Clos Haut Peyraguey

 

Château Clos Haut Peyraguey is situated on the hill in Bommes, one of five communes in Sauternes & Barsac district. The closest neighbour is Lafaurie Peyraguey, which was once a part of Clos Haut Peyraguey but was separated from it in 1879. D'Yquem is also a neighbour.

The vineyard is 12 has big, planted with 92% Sémillon and 8% Sauvignon. Vines are on average 35 years old. The wine stays in barrels for a period of 20-22 months. Clos Haut Peyraguey is owned by Garbay-Pauly family. Mrs Martine Langlais-Pauly took over managing the property from his father, Jacques Pauly, in 2003. 

I've to say I was very impressed and stunned by the style, character and class of wines from this property. There were the same character and style of the property in all 11 wines, coming undoubtedly from the soil and vinification. Depending on the vintage, there was more or less concentration, intensity, acidity and length in these wines. Another favourite property of mine in Sauternes & Barsac!

In December 2012, it was sold to multi-owner of different Bordeaux chateaux, Bernard Magrez. Change of the owner caused imho a change of style and lack of consistency in recent vintages.

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2018 CLOS HAUT PEYRAGUEY (barrel sample) 94p

Tasted in March 2019. Despite not exactly perfect weather conditions through 2018, it succeeded the property to produce a wine with great flair, elegance and precision, freshness and nice acidity. 

2017 CLOS HAUT PEYRAGUEY (barrel sample) 95p

Tasted in April 2018. Impressive wine filled with freshness, great acidity and remarkable sweetness. Flavorful with sweet grapefruit and mango. Long creamy finish.

2016 CLOS HAUT PEYRAGUEY (barrel sample) 90p

Tasted in April 2017. It had light style, elegant, nice sweetness but not that much acidity.

2015 CLOS HAUT PEYRAGUEY (barrel sample) 92p

Tasted in April 2015. There was a significant pineapple flavour, aromatic, fine intensity on the palate, elegant and well-balanced.

2014 CLOS HAUT PEYRAGUEY (barrel sample) 94+p

Tasted in March 2015. Intense botrytised flavours, concentrated, lot of nuances, excellent acidity and structure. Refined wine with catching sweetness. Excellent for the vintage.

2013 CLOS HAUT PEYRAGUEY (barrel sample) 93p

Tasted in March 2014. Fine botrytised flavours, concentrated, lot of nuances, great acidity and structure. Refined. Impressive for the vintage.

2012 CLOS HAUT PEYRAGUEY (barrel sample) 90p

Tasted in April 2013. Lighter than usual with good intensity of botrytized flavours, soft texture, good sweetness and acidity.

2011 CLOS HAUT PEYRAGUEY (barrel sample) 94+p

Tasted twice - last time in April 2012. Consistent notes. Very expressive on the nose with petrol, great intensity, excellent acidity and concentration of fruit (peach, apricot and mandarines), excellent balance and length as well. Utterly impressive stuff and great success for the vintage.

2010 CLOS HAUT PEYRAGUEY (barrel sample) 94p

Tasted twice - last time in April 2012. Consistent notes. This wine had a very intense, pure and rich nose of botrytised flavours like pineapple, candied orange/lemon peel, stunning acidity, strong structure, superb balance and long honeyed finish. Fabulous wine.

2009 CLOS HAUT PEYRAGUEY 93+p

Tasted twice - last time in April 2012. Consistent notes. Slightly less sweet than 2010, more elegant, great finesse and long honeyed finish. Impressive wine.

2008 CLOS HAUT PEYRAGUEY 93p

Tasted twice - last time in April 2012. Consistent notes. Very intense flavours of candied mandarine/orange peel and créme brulée, impressive balance and honeyed finish. A stunning effort for the vintage and this wine is surely in the top five wines of the vintage in Sauternes & Barsac.

2007 CLOS HAUT PEYRAGUEY 94p

Tasted twice - last time in April 2012. Consistent notes. Keeps the style of 2008 but with more flavours, more acidity, bigger concentration and greater complexity. Marvellous wine with great class and style.

2006 CLOS HAUT PEYRAGUEY 91p

Tasted twice - last time in April 2012. Consistent notes. A lighter version of 2008, less intense and flavourful botrytized flavours, very nice balance, shorter finish. Still, really well-made and tasty wine to consume before big vintages are ready.

2005 CLOS HAUT PEYRAGUEY 94p

Tasted twice - last time in April 2012. Consistent notes. Similar to 2007 but with other botrytized flavours like créme brulée, pineapple and acacia honey. Beautifully balanced, great acidity, very refined and caressingly honeyed finish. Stupendous wine.

2004 CLOS HAUT PEYRAGUEY 93p

Tasted twice - last time in April 2012. Consistent notes. Intense, excellent botrytized flavours like f.i. orange peel, great fruit sweetness and acidity. very complex and with a great finish. Astonishing success for the vintage.

2003 CLOS HAUT PEYRAGUEY 96p

Tasted twice - last time in April 2012. Consistent notes. Tropical fruit like mango, guava, candied orange/mandarine peel and honey melon all over the place. Fantastic balance between acidity and sweetness, magnificent richness, depth and fat honeyed finish. When tasted 10 years ago, this wine showed already enormous sweetness and richness. It is now (2012), acidity has really come forward and made this wine complete. With this significant sweetness and tropical flavours, this wine can easily match Indian/Thai/Japanese/Chinese cuisine with chilli and carry. Wonderful wine here too.

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Excellent pair of sweeties!

2002 CLOS HAUT PEYRAGUEY 92p

Tasted twice - last time in April 2012. Consistent notes. Very similar to 2004 in style, slightly less complex and less rich.

2001 CLOS HAUT PEYRAGUEY 96p

Tasted twice - last time in April 2012. Consistent notes. Extremely intense on the nose, an explosion of aromas. A stunning richness of nuances in this wine combined with extraordinary acidity and cooperation of the latter with fabulous sweetness. Striking depth and long, long honeyed aftertaste. When tasted en primeur ten years ago, this wine showed already then stunning botrytized flavours and great acidity. Now it has developed in a complete one. This is simply a wonderful wine which oozes class and style.

 

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