Sunday, 20 November 2011
Haut Bages Monpelou 2000, amazing value Pauillac
I've just discovered Haut Bages Monpelou 2000 this weekend at the Sampler in Islington, London. (Yes the image above is the 2006, but I can't find a pic of the 2000)
Online it's under £24, although in the shop I'm sure I paid about £26.
It's the second wine of 5th growth Chateau Batailley, which is a superbly reliable outfit.
That minor price quibble aside, it's a cracker for the money paid.
2000 as we all know was a stunning year in Bordeaux. I haven't seen many other wines this good at this price.
Aged nicely, it has the feel of an older wine, perhaps a 1990's.
A hint of mustiness is wonderfully controlled by the fruit and the finish just keeps going.
I've shared £50 Pauillac bottles that this compares with very well indeed.
For the price and the year, it's a real gem. I'll be getting some more of this in while I can given that it's very hard to find online.