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Specifications

Colour:

Red

Producer:

Château Haut Bailly

Region:

Bordeaux

Appellation:

Pessac Léognan

Grape Variety:

Cab Sauvignon Merlot

Château Haut Bailly, Cru Classé, Pessac Léognan, 2020

6x75cl £576.00

5 cases Equiv. £96.00 per bottle

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Tasting Note:

Harvested between the 9th and 25th of September from a blend of 52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 42% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot, the 2020 rendition of Haut Bailley opens with a glorious bouquet of potpourri, cedar, leafy cassis and stones. The palate is broad, powerful and intense: black fruits, minerals, cloves; this has beautiful texture to the fruit and superb tannins that grip the mouth with a calm authority, weaving a wonderful kaleidoscopic array of dark berries and minerals on the detailed, long finish. There’s a real sense of exuberance to the fruit without any excess or flamboyance. Classical yet expressive – this is a wonderful interpretation of Haut Bailly. Control and generosity in equal measure.

"Rich in texture and colour, this has clear layers and complexity, a wine that you want to take your time with, slow down and enjoy. One that will take its time to age also. This has a precision and a clarity to the aromatics, and a gentle buzz of minerality that gives a physical reaction in the mouth. Less exuberant than the 2018 or 2019, making this a vintage that suits the style of Haut-Bailly. A slight austerity to the tannins on the finish gives a blueberry redcurrant edge. 3% Petit Verdot completes the blend (now around eight years old), usually co-fermented with the Cabernet Sauvignon (sometimes with Cabernet Franc). IPT similar to 2016, 2010, 2005, but with a softness that comes from extremely ripe tannins. Strong potential for upscoring when it bottle. Drinking Window 2030-2050." 96/100 - Jane Anson, Decanter.com

"A blend of 52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 42% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot, the 2020 Haut-Bailly was harvested from the 9th to 25th of September. It has an alcohol of 14.3%. Deep purple-black in color, it prances out of the glass with naturally beautiful notions of fresh black cherries, violets, mulberries and boysenberries, giving way to hints of redcurrant jelly, star anise, tilled soil and menthol. The medium to full-bodied palate is delicately crafted with velvety/grainy tannins and fantastic freshness framing the perfumed red and black berry layers, finishing on a lingering fragrant-earth note". 96 - 98+ - Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, The Wine Advocate

"The 2020 Haut-Bailly was picked September 9–25 in what the estate has called the "year of reinvention." Having left my sample to open for 30 minutes and then assessed it over the following three hours, I found that it has a mercurial nose of gorgeous blackberry, briar, white pepper, incense and hints of blood orange. It gains intensity and becomes more floral with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with supple but firm tannins that provide backbone. There is plenty of black fruit laced with white pepper and clove. Perhaps less rich on the finish compared to the last two vintages – a virtue as far as I am concerned, as it allows more terroir to show through. This is an impressive Haut-Bailly to coincide with their new winery, which I hope to visit very soon". 95-97 - Neal Martin, Vinous

"Deep, rich and explosive, the 2020 Haut-Bailly is magnificent from the very first taste. Dark fruit, chocolate, licorice and spice give the 2020 a level of unctuousness that is absolutely thrilling. Readers should be patient, as the 2020 is going to need time to come around. Yields are down 25% from 2019, and that richness comes through loud and clear". 95-97 - Antonio Galloni, Vinous

"An absolute gem from France. A Bordeaux like no other from Haut-Bailly. This has incredible power and drive with blackberry, black olive and graphite. Its full-bodied, yet dynamic and agile, with so much polished and muscular tannin. Yet, it remains in harmony and balance. So much character. The head of the chateau calls it diabolical beauty". 99-100 - Jamessuckling.com

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