Château Haut Bailly, Cru Classé, Pessac Léognan
    Château Haut Bailly

    Château Haut Bailly, Cru Classé, Pessac Léognan,

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    Château Haut Bailly, Cru Classé, Pessac Léognan, 2017

    Justerini & Brooks Tasting note
    Château Haut Bailly, Cru Classé, Pessac Léognan, 2017

    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!

    ABV:
    13%
    93/100
    Neal Martin, Vinous
    The 2017 Haut-Bailly matured in 50% new oak and bottled at the end of April. It has a fragrant bouquet with blackcurrant, wild strawberry, wilted rose petal and light truffle scents emerging with time. This is a less powerful nose than recent vintages, but I appreciate the understated style. The palate is medium-bodied with rounded, saturated tannin. There is good acidity here, quite spicy in the mouth with a gentle, if not overly complex finish. It is the kind of Haut-Bailly that will drink comparatively early, though it has the substance to last for 20+ years.
    Date Reviewed:
    02/2020

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    country:
    France
    region:
    Bordeaux
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    Château Haut Bailly

    Château Haut Bailly

    A recent tour of Haut Bailly’s splendid new cellars rekindled our passion for these wines. The charming Veronique Sanders, the fourth generation of the Sanders clan to manage the estate, gave us a guided tour, and what a cellar it is. Blending into the surroundings with its camouflaged, living roof, this is both state of the art and sympathetic to the rolling vineyards of Leognan. It has also had an immediate effect on the wines. The challenging 2021 season has resulted in a triumph.

    From the herb garden atop the cellar, one can survey the 30 hectares of vines. Although this is comprised of one block, this can be split up into 52 individual parcels. The new winery affords Veronique and her team the ability to vinify plot by plot. A terroir of predominantly gravel, sandstone, and sand over limestone, is planted with 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Merlot and the balance Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Malbec, and Carmenere. Most of the vineyards are exactly as they were when the estate was founded in 1630, with just two small additions in 1958 and 2005. Much of the rootstock was planted by Daniel Sanders (Veronique’s grandfather), but there is one parcel with vines dating back to the turn of the 20th century, reputedly some of the oldest vines in Leognan.

    2021 marks a new and exciting chapter for Haut Bailly. The chateau looks well placed to continue the good work of the late ‘Bob’ Wilmers, both protecting its environment and its future.

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