Château Haut Bailly, Cru Classé, Pessac Léognan, 2017

  Château Haut Bailly

Veronique must have been doing some DIY in the chateau, there was a distinct aroma of MDF in the Haut Bailly 2017. Apart from the aisles of B&Q, this also conjured up notes of cherry liqueur and gravel. Although difficult to assess on the nose, the palate displays clearly the class of this terroir. This is so pure and lavish at the same time as being tight knit and reserved. The fruit is refined and engaging; sweet cassis and cranberry tantalize the taste buds before the exceptional tannins gently caress with detailed black and red fruits and hints of stones. Classy and refreshing, with wonderful tension and energy. Superb!

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.