Chateau Haut-Bages Averous 1997 (review)

84 points

From Pauillac, Bordeaux, France.

Effectively the 2nd wine of Lynch-Bages, and supposed to be a pretty successful one too. 1997 was a forward, easy drinking vintage, with up front ripe wines.

Nice varietal flavours but without the intense blackcurrent cabernet that Pauillac can deliver. A touch of warm sweet oak. Some style and charm, but ultimately soft with a lack of top-class concentration.

I’ve yet to try a 1997 that I would recommend. At their best they are well made and early drinking.

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2 thoughts on “Chateau Haut-Bages Averous 1997 (review)

  1. Can’t see the point of 97’s. Everyone is polite–they’re okay but never cheap. Wait for something better to come along.

  2. Maybe they tasted good from barrel – it is worth pointing out that all the wine reviews on this site come from people buying the wines from merchants or shop shelves. No free samples, no barrel samples from the chateau.

    On the shelf the 97s are OK, nice and soft – and over priced.

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