Château Haut Bailly, Cru Classé, Pessac Léognan, 2018

  Château Haut Bailly

This felt like a bit of a divergence from the house style that we know and love. Perhaps it was the enormous concentration of fruit as yields dropped to a paltry 21 Hl/Ha. This is certainly a vin de garde, but it didn't possess that ethereal quality we expect from Haut Bailly and it doesn't seem quite as complete as some of its contemporaries. Initially quite flamboyant, cherry liqueur, crushed rocks and sweet plums. This is a big powerful, concentrated wine with good detail and taut fruit and a long tannic pull on the finish. There is lovely fragrance and vibrancy to the fruit. The tannins are perhaps a little too concentrated and could use a little more flesh on the bones to make this completely harmonious. It's not the most charming Haut Bailly we have tasted, but this could all come together during élevage. 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot and 5% 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.