After a rare blip last year, it would seem that Veronique Sanders' Haut Bailly is back to form, however, this wasn't universally adored by our team. Certain members of the buying team had this as their best wine of Pessac aside from La Mission and Haut Brion, while others felt that while it was crisp and clear, it lacked guts. It is certainly a proper wine with beautifully delineated fruit, a mineral core of stones and earth and a pure finish of morello cherry and tayberry. Unforced, intellectual Pessac Leognan. 66% Cabernet Sauvignon and 34% Merlot.
Haut-Bailly is a Cru Classé, located in the appellation of Graves.
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.