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  • Country ranking ?

    662
  • Producer ranking ?

    5
  • Decanting time

    3h
  • When to drink

    from 2020
  • Food Pairing

    roast lamb served medium-rare

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James Suckling, Mars 2016

This is a vivid and powerful red with lots of bright fruit and spice character. Full body, chewy tannins and loads of fruit on the finish. Firm and focused tannins. Lots of energy and vibrance. Spice and violet leaf undertone. Pure fruit. Pure structure. 98-99

Neal Martin, April 2016

Deep in color, the bouquet is very intense with multilayered blackberry, blueberry, crème de cassis and subtle black olive aromas, introverted at first but soon racing out of the blocks with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with ripe, quite firm tannin. This is an Haut-Bailly with real backbone, real sense of purpose. It could have tipped over into being overpowering due to that intense Merlot, but the acidity keeps everything in check and the finish demonstrates wonderful tension. In particular, the aftertaste is incredibly long in the mouth. This Haut Bailly is up there with the 2009 and 2010 - a bravura Pessac-Léognan destined for long-term ageing. 95-97

Vinum, May 2016

A delicate and promising bouquet with high quality, seamlessly firm, polished and fresh tannins, and a whole of outstanding harmony and subtle precision; a magnificent wine made with inspiration and reticence. 19

 

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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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Wine Information

Around April 15, the quick and even budbreak was the first factor in the vintage’s overall regularity. The spring was warm and dry, with ideal conditions during the crucial phases of flowering, fruit set, and bunch closure. June and July were marked by intense heat and the total absence of rain. Drought set in and caused moderate water stress that called a halt to vegetative growth. Providential showers in late July brought on quick véraison (colour change), focused over 15 days only. The vines were splendid and healthy looking from August until the end of the harvest with a magnificent leaf canopy and well-distributed bunches of deeply-coloured grapes. The weather in August was cooler than usual and helped preserve the aromatic potential of the grapes. The grapes were perfectly ripe and healthy.

 

The harvest took place in a serene atmosphere thanks to ideal weather and the château's faithful team of experienced pickers. Ripeness and quality of the grapes made sorting almost unnecessary in the vineyard as well as in the cellar. A newly planted plot of Petit Verdot produced superb grapes. The consistency of the quality in every plot is the hallmark of a truly fine vintage.

 

Powerful Cabernets dominate the blend of this Château Haut-Bailly 2015. Rich, fleshy and dense, they harmonise with the well-structured Merlots. The Petits Verdots are dark and spicy, and bring a touch of complexity to the wine.

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Tasted three times - last time in October 2017. Consistent notes. 60% C. Sauvignon + 36% Merlot´+ 4% Petit Verdot, long harvest between 15th September and 8th October, normal yields. Curiously, this wine tastes more concentrated than 2016, but perhaps isn't as distiguished and pure as 2016. Still, you're treated with excellent structure, complexity and minerality, remarkable sweetness of black fruit, riveting length and finish. Has been bottled some months ago and I'm sure it'll even improve in the bottle. Makes an exceptional pair with 2016!

  • 96p
Dark purple red with violet hue and almost black core. Excellent fruit, very pure style, dark berries, blackberries, blackcurrants and elderberries, black cherries, and hints of vanilla and gingerbread spices. On the palate well structured with pure fruit, excellent length, fine and mature tannins, freshness and minerality in the finish, a great wine with elegance and persistence.
  • 97p
Deep colour. Lovely aromatic complexity. Beautiful perfumed strawberry black cherry violet praline. Supple and silky with beautiful pristine Dark cherry, strawberry inky flavours, fine grained simplistic tannins and lovely mineral length. Finishes al dente firm with lovely sweet fruit notes. Lovely density. Ginger oak notes. Not powerful but has a graceful structure. A cracker. Showing First Growth quality. 97 points.
  • 97p
Ruby. Dark fruits, spices, ripe, rich, elegant and nuanced nose. Layered. Floral and minerals. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, juicy, dark berries, spices, detailed, long. 95-97
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Léognan, Pessac Leognan

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