DECANTER: "Perfumed and nicely fragrant on the nose, quite floral from the Cabernet Franc with blackcurrants and black cherries. Supple and succulent, crisp with bite, this is lean and straight, not tense so much as there’s energy, but still quite direct and focussed with taut and firm tannins that give the frame. I like the cool blue fruit touches and the wet stone nuances that linger on the tongue. Feels clean and nicely balanced, more intense with less acidity at the fore, giving this some seriousness but it remains stylish and so appealing. Easy to drink and enjoy with Pauillac typicality, power and control. A clear success."
JAMES SUCKLING: "I like the chocolate, currant and crushed stone character. Medium-bodied with solid structure. Chewy and flavorful. Medium finish."
LISA PERROTTI-BROWN: „A blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot, and 3% Cabernet Franc, the 2022 Haut-Bages Monpelou is deep garnet-purple in color. Baked plums, boysenberry preserves, and creme de cassis scents jump from the glass, giving way to cinnamon stick, lilacs, and crushed rocks. The medium-bodied palate delivers impressive concentration of black fruit preserves, with a firm, grainy texture and oodles of freshness, finishing with a real skip in its step."
THE WINE CELLAR INSIDER: "Black fruit, lead pencil, blackberries, and floral notes open the wine. On the palate, the wine is sweet, ripe, forward, and fruity with ripe, chewy tannins, making this a pleasure to taste early in life. Drink from 2026-2040."
Chateau Haut Bages Monpelou
Chateau Haut Bages Monpelou, 33250 Pauillac, Frankreich