Château Haut Bages Monpelou, Pauillac, 2016

  Château Haut Bages Monpelou

Château Haut Bages Monpelou, Pauillac

We were really impressed by the 2016 Chateau Haut-Bages Monpelou. There’s plenty of Pauillac character and lots of rustic charm. It’s not the most glossy or sophisticated style, but there is a real generosity to the fruit; lashings of Morello cherry, cassis and ripe plum, with notes of tobacco, earth and cedar. It’s generous and plush with a gentle tannic structure that suggests this will give lots of immediate drinking pleasure. Cohesive, characterful and will probably be good value for money.

Contains Sulphites.

About Château Haut Bages Monpelou

This Pauillac estate is owned by the Castéja family who own Chateau Batailley and Trottevieille. The vineyards were formally part of Duhart Milon (owned by the Castéja family in the 16th century ). In 1950 Haut-Bages Monpelou was separated from the Duhart and has been managed as an separate property since. The wines benefit from the same wine-making know-how as Batailley and offer good, characterful Pauillac at a sensible price.

Appellation: Pauillac

The Cabernet Sauvignon dominates the appellation, in fact some might justifiably call Pauillac the most classical expression there is of Cabernet based Claret. It is sandwiched between St-Julien to the south and St-Estèphe to the north, a stone’s throw from the Gironde Estuary. The excellent drainage of the intensely gravely soils are the key to quality, producing some of the world’s most long-lived wines. The First Growths of Latour, Lafite and Mouton-Rothschild are found here, while other great Châteaux include Pichon Baron, Pichon Lalande, Pontet Canet, Lynch-Bages and Grand-Puy-Lacoste.