Chateau Haut Bergey has a long history in the Bordeaux wine region dating all the way back to the 15th century. It started out life under the name of La Maison Noble de Pontey. Sir Jean-François de Cresse, a member the Bordeaux parliament, bought the estate in 1700.
Within 24 months, he grew the vineyards to 100 hectares. Over the years, parcels of the vineyards have been reduced, leaving the estate with its current 28 hectare size. Believe it or not, a century later, the vineyards of Haut Bergey were allowed to drift into a state of non production. In 1850, a new chateau was built.
Jumping ahead almost 150 years, in March, 1991, Sylviane Garcin-Cathiard purchased Chateau Haut Bergey, perhaps inspired by her brother, Daniel Cathiard, the owner of Smith Haut Lafitte, who had also recently bought a vineyard in the appellation.
Sylviane Garcin-Cathiard, the Granddaughter of a well-known Bordeaux negociant turned the Pessac Leognan estate around. In 2001, the estate and all its wine making facilities were renovated and modernized. Until 2014, the Pessac Leognan estate was managed by Helene Garcin Levesque.
Starting with the 2015 vintage, her brother, Paul Garcin, took over managing the property and making both the wines of Branon and Haut Bergey.
by Francois Prouteau
For the production of the red wine of Haut Bergey, vinification takes place in temperature controlled, stainless steel vat that range in size from 80 hectoliters to 120 hectoliters. In years when more concentration is needed, they might bleed the tanks. The red wine of Haut Bergey is aged in about 50% new, French oak barrels for between 16 and 18 months.