Château Haut Bailly, Cru Classé, Pessac Léognan, 2016

  Château Haut Bailly

Veronique Sander's Haut Bailly has become a little divisive in recent years. The purists really admire the finesse and structure, but others have found some wines a bit hard work. Haut Bailly behaves like a mini Haut Brion - it is all tightly wound and reserved when tasted from barrel, but with bottle age, this blossoms and grows in stature. 2016 seemed to convert some detractors to devotees. Yes this is still fine boned, mineral and classic, but there's a little bit more make-up, a bit more gloss and polish that makes this appealing to a wider audience. Notes of roses, graphite and fine dark fruits leap from the glass - this is more expressive than usual. On the palate there are swathes of silky, refined fruit, raspberry liqueur, a touch of spice and gravelly minerality. This is very smart and serious. The tannins are mouth coating and powerful and are laced with persistent cranberries and lingonberries. Excellent! 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot and 3% Cabernet Franc.

Contains Sulphites.

About Château Haut Bailly

Haut-Bailly is a Cru Classé, located in the appellation of Pessac-Léognan.

Appellation: Pessac-Léognan

The region has one first growth, Château Haut-Brion, whilst other renowned Chateaux currently doing well are La Mission-Haut-Brion, Pape-Clément, Smith-Haut-Lafitte and Haut-Bailly. Soils are gravely and well-drained and the plantations are similar in proportion to those of the Médoc, consisting mostly of Cabernet Sauvignon with some Merlot and Cabernet Franc. The region is also well known for its long-lived whites that can be varying blends of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon oaked or unoaked. The most lauded are Domaine de Chevalier, Haut-Brion, Pape-Clement, De Fieuzal, and Laville-Haut-Brion.

Grape Blend: Cab. Sauvignon | Merlot | Cab. Franc | Petit Verdot

The full complement of permitted Bordeaux varieties (excluding the rarely used Carmenere & Malbec) and the classic left bank Bordeaux blend. The Cabernets and Merlots usually dominate the blend with small percentages of Petit Verdot blended in for colour, structure and complexity. Several producers outside of Bordeaux have tried to emulate this with a Bordeaux style blend of their own, a particularly successful example being Cain Cellars in the Napa Valley and their splendid Cain Five.