If you thought we've been a bit disparaging about the Pessac Leognan appellation, this should balance things out a bit. In addition to the wonderful range at Haut Brion, Domaine de Chevalier, Smith haut Lafitte and Haut Bailly have also got it spot on. Produced from 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot and 4% Petit Verdot, the 2015 Haut Bailly is super restrained, a beautiful, delicate, finely detailed wine. The nose is precise with aromas of loganberry, thimbleberry, tayberries and fresh mint. Waves of pure griotte fruit and earth charm the palate. This isn't sexy like the Smith Haut Lafitte, it is taut and classical in the best possible sense; it builds gently and unfurls to a beautiful peacocks tail of riberry and minerals. Refreshing, intense and very striking.
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.