About the Wine
The Clos Haut-Peyraguey vineyard is nestled on the highest point of the plateau of the Bommes commune in Sauternes, it is located in the heart of the growths classified in 1855 as Premier Cru Classé. Opposite Château d’Yquem, this ancient barony has survived the centuries since its first harvest in 1618. With 7 years already under this bottle's belt, it is ready to start opening today.
In the vineyards, sustainable farming is practiced. Replanting is done by phasing in new vines, rather than replacing whole plots. Once the famous botrytis, or noble rot, has made its appearance on the bunches, the grapes are picked by hand in several passes, only the most sugar-rich and aromatic berries being picked each time.
Tasting Notes: 95% Semillon, 5% Sauvignon Blanc. A floral bouquet reveals fresh fruit, tropical fruit as well as notes of spice, wood, cinnamon, and vanilla. A fleshy, silky texture. Lovely freshness, a silky mid-palate, and a finish with good weight.
This impressive wine has great intensity and superb apricot and orange flavors. Acidity mingles with its botrytis core and rich, concentrated fruit, striking a fine balance. It will become delicious as it matures. Drink from 2024. ~97 Wine Enthusiast
The Château Clos Haut-Peyraguey 2014 is a blend of 95% Sémillon and 5% Sauvignon Blanc picked between 16 September and 25 October. Michel Rolland actually told me that Bernard Magrez had insisted he oversee the wine himself despite Michel's protesting that Sauternes was not his area of expertise. Well, this is a damn fine Sauternes. It has captivating purity on the nose with that Sémillon in full flight, almost Climens-like in style. The palate is unctuous on the entry, the acidity nice judged, perhaps just a tad straight-laced on the finish but very pure and sensual. This is a very fine Clos Haut Peyraguey that could surpass recent vintages. ~92-94 Wine Advocate
The 2014 Haut-Peyraguey is a very pretty Sauternes from Bernard Magrez. Enticing scents of pineapple, lemon confit, white flowers and new oak are impossible to resist. Soft, airy and weightless on the palate, the 2014 has lost a bit of the exuberance it showed as a young wine, but it has gained in finesse. This understated, pretty Sauternes has plenty to offer. ~92 Antonio Galloni
The intense candied-pineapple character of this wine is very appealing, and it’s a big, lush mouthful. Having said that, it’s a bit heavyweight with high sweetness that lacks some freshness and subtlety for the first rank of the vintage. Drink or hold. ~92James Suckling