James Suckling: Attractive violets, cassis and dark red cherries, leading to a palate that has a sturdy core of long-form tannins. Has well-matched fruit flesh in the blueberry and cassis spectrum.
Chateau Haut-Vigneau boasts deep and strong roots in Bordeaux, although they did not always bear fruit. A map dated 1765 depicts a vine-planted cru named Vigneau de Haut, believed to have been owned by the renowned philosopher Charles Louis de Montesquieu.
Although exciting historical facts provoke interest, vineyards are certainly appreciated not for the grandeur of their former owners but for the quality and taste of their wines. This makes the purchase of this cru by Eric Perrin in 1987 an even more significant circumstance.
At the point of the acquisition, it was an overgrown plot of land that had to be cleared and planted anew. Chateau Haut-Vigneau was recreated from non-existence into a fully-fledged producer, crafting wine worthy the proud name of its appellation. The winemaking techniques and the style of Chateau Haut-Vigneau wine is defined by the oenologist Christophe Olivier, a close associate of Professor Dubourdieu.
The Perrins is the dynasty of vignerons who started their path in viticulture in Bourgogne, continued in Northern Africa and, finally, reached Pessac-Leognan by acquiring the Carbonnieux estate in 1956, their 1st asset in the AOC where they currently own 3 properties.
Vineyard area: 20 hectares
Barrel-aging: 15-18 months (20% in new French oak)