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    1 101
  • Producer ranking ?

    9
  • Decanting time

    4h
  • When to drink

    from 2020
  • Food Pairing

    duck Confit with a Merlot Sauce

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The Story

There are few places where terroir truly affects production but Château Haut-Bailly is definitely one of those. Château Haut-Bailly has a distinctive style that harmoniously combines classicism with modernity, elegance, finesse and softness with structure. The silky smoothness of the tannins echoes the elegant yet complex aromas.


Château Haut-Bailly has great ageing potential and consistently wins praise from experts who agree that it offers complex pleasure and a richness that is neither aggressive nor ostentatious. These are natural qualities which Haut-Bailly is determined to keep.
Each year the team at Château Haut-Bailly works hard at developing the quality of the wines without interfering with nature. Since 1998, thanks to even more stringent selection controls, the wine has gained a greater depth and precision.

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A Snap-shot of the 2014 Vintage by Markus Del Monego MW

2014 had an early start with budbreak around 10 days ahead of the 10 years average. End of May flowering started on the early terroirs in heterogeneous conditions, whereas the later varieties such as Cabernet-Sauvignon and Franc as well as later terroirs took advantage of a warm and sunny period beginning of June. July and August where quite cool and humid and in the second half of August the vintners prepared themselves for a vintage even worse than 2013 but at the end of August everything changed. A spledid indian summer througout September and October saved the quality. Harvest started for the white grapes started three days later than in 2012 but two weeks later than 2011. For the red grapes the harvest startet with Merlot at the end of September and ended with the Cabernets in the second half of October. The cool climate during summer provides a higher acidity, the indian summer is responsible for the right ripening.

The dry white wines are on a very good quality level showing crisp acidity and ripe flavours. The noble sweet white wines also take advantage of the higher acidity balancing the opulent sweetness. Therefore this vintage seems more on the elegant side. The presentation of red wines depends very much on the grape varietes and terroirs. Overall the red wines are on a higher quality level than the three previous vintages. Saint-Emilion is excellent on the plateau calcaire and shows in general very good wines.

 In Pomerol the centre of the plateau was in advantage over the surrounding areas. Fronsac was a very positive surprise for 2014. In the Médoc the southern part proved to be more heterogenous than the northern part, where especially Saint-Estèphe was homogenous and excellent. South of Bordeaux Pessac-Léognan presented a very homogenous picture of a very good quality level with outstanding wines from Haut Brion and La Mission Haut Brion.

One last observation: This vintage digests oak in a great way. The oak is even not obvious in wines with a 100% new oak barrels for maturation. Now there are roughtly twelve month to follow for the maturation of the 2014s untill the bottling in 2016. A lot can happen in this period. Let us see how the wines will present themselves after bottling, it will be a very interesting tasting again. 2014 is not a great vintage like 2005, 2009 or 2010 but it will be able to secure a position as one of the very good vintages of Bordeaux.

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Fine nose. Kirsch, Cassis, tobacco, a hint of cacao. Medium to full bodied, juicy, fine tannins, elegant structure, good underlying acidity, red fruits, raspberries, red cherries in the finish, good length.

  • 93p

Medium deep colour. Intense cassis. Roasted chestnut, savoury oak aromas. Oak is beautifully integrated into the fruit. Well concentrated wine with buoyant cassis, savoury mocha flavours, fine chalky textures. Rose petal, cassis minerally finish. Impressive. 95 points

  • 95p

Ruby. Anise, blueberries, some spices, detailed, minerals, intense, fruity, layered. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, intense, dark berries, some spices, juicy, minerals, intense, long finish. 94

  • 94p

Tasted three times - last time in October 2017. Consistent notes. 66% C. Sauvignon + 34% Merlot, harvest between 24th September and 15 October. Cool vintage in every sense. Very stylish, great complexity and structure, no holes in the firnament, really remarkable acidity and minerality. Long fruity aftertaste. Will keep for many years to come. So truly classic Bordeaux wine!

  • 95p
Dark purple red colour with violet hue and black centre. Elegant and persistant nose with aroma reminiscent of blackberries, violets and discreet spicyness. On the palate well structured with good weight and length, firm but mature tannins, balanced approach, a wine with potential.
  • 94p
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Origin

Léognan, Pessac Leognan

Vintage Quality

Above Average

Value For Money

Good

Investment potential

No Potential

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None

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