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Experienced with vintages such as 2001, 2004, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2015, this 2013 is the most friendly. The blend aims at complexity and generosity: 60% merlot, 34% Cabernet, a dash of Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot. However, we have to taste it again at a later point in time to do more justice.


Should it have scored a higher score, we wouldn't have been able to buy it at this low price. RP88(Parker et al.), we consistently ranked La Tour Carnet high as a humble Cru from Haut Medoc. Awarded 90 points, Wine Enthusiast commented, 'ripe and fruity, this is full of rich tannins and a soft texture. It has tight acidity, followed by a smoky, toasty character.' Stephan Tanzer commended the structure, the mid-palate and freshness.


We awarded this wine DD92 because we find it balanced, fresh, and with decent length,

Quite a sleek example, with a good sense of fleshy fruit in a relatively supple frame, this St Julien type of elegant personality is sure to be for immediate consumption. This 2002 bottle remains an attractive quintessential Pauillac, though. The reality is the 2002 Haut Batailley is challenging to come by, so this is a rare chance. Additionally, the price is reasonable as the comments are below average. Finally, of course, it could be a better vintage from Haut Batailley; however, the fruit style of 2002 is pretty preserved with this bottle. We find it pretty and agree with the Farr tasters that it is a 91-point wine.



Commenting on perceived alcohol, J Robinson says straight, 'A bit volatile and jagged. Not fine!'. Awarding it mere 87 points, RP remarks as follows. 'A reasonably successful wine for this vintage showing more of a St.-Julien elegance without the typical power of Pauillac, the wine has a dark plum/ruby colour, a slightly earthy, herb-tinged, raspberry and black currant-scented nose, silky tannins, medium body, and a pleasant finish. Drink it over the next decade. 87 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (158), April 2005. Edited.

Neal Martin says, "Tasted blind at Farr's 2002 Bordeaux tasting. The Haut-Batailley displays a blackberry, graphite and tobacco-scented nose, which, compared to others, lacks some definition and lift. There is ripeness here but a touch of greenness too. Medium-bodied on the palate with a bitter entry, sharp, slightly aggressive tannins with chewy red fruits on the finish. Tasted October 2009.' 87Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, October 2009 Drink 2012-15. Edited.


The glass has a dark hue, a tight, black-tinged mat with a very opaque core. The first nose offers plenty of ripe dark fruit; the second has other minerality nuances such as oyster shells, briary and crushed stones. If you want power, this is not the wine for you. But if you are looking for Pessac Leognan 's classic elements closer to gravel, tobacco and autumnal leaves, typical of the commune, this is the wine for you.


The scores are pretty high and consistent, such as:


RP 94. A blend of just over 50% Cabernet Sauvignon and the balance Merlot (last year, I mistakenly wrote that the balance was Cabernet Franc). The opaque ruby/purple-coloured 2009 reveals notes of scorched earth/burning embers/charcoal, black currants, ripe cherries and lead pencil shavings. Full-bodied and pure with sweet tannin, this is an under-the-radar, high-quality claret to drink over the next 20-25 years. Unfortunately, as powerful and rich as the 2000 and 2010, Haut-Bergey's 2009 is another of the over-achieving, value-priced Bordeaux that is increasingly difficult to find. The estate, which is owned by Helene Garcin (who also owns Clos l'Eglise and Barde-Haut), makes the cult wine Branon from a vineyard adjacent to Haut-Bergey), is situated near Malartic Lagraviere and Domaine de Chevalier. Edited.


JS94. Blueberry and spices on the nose. Full-bodied, with super well-integrated tannins and a berry, spice and dark cherry aftertaste. Polished. Edited.

This is a consolidation of the tasting and papers

written from 2006 to 2013. These write-ups had been with the orginal site Wine and Beyond, Yahoo, until the service stopped by Yahoo in September 2013.

 

For years I have been working with wines, either buying it, selling it to wine companies, lecturing and writing about it, and, not unimportantly, enjoying it with friends. If any of the articles on this site are worth reading it is due to my teachers, my mentors, my peers and friends, my students, and in particularly my editors who ignite in me a desire to communicate in wines.

 

Clinging to the trellis of wine, I started to get more and more involved with estates and winemakers, by supporting them with consultancy in communication and marketing. The more I spend my time outside Hong Kong, the more I sense a desire to be part of the international wine family.

 

Writing about wine represents a moment of reflection, curiosity, atitudes and a desire to analyse often hidden structures and history, in an effort to make the wealth of wine accessible to a targetted, and hopefully larger audience.

 

I am not sure if I can wine proivde more accessible to all through this blog. But I am sure to write in wine means being involved in wine and  to remain as impartial and objective as possible.

 

Kevin Tang.

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