CHÂTEAU HAUT-BAILLY, PESSAC-LÉOGNAN

 

BORDEAUX, FRANCE 2018

 

As we all know, 2018 was an exceptional year for Bordeaux—possibly a legendary year, bringing us (despite one of the warmest and driest late summers on record) a bounty of extraordinary wines, full of strong, polished tannins, lively freshness, and remarkable depth. And the standout of that crop? The elite of the elite? That short list surely includes Haut-Bailly.

Critical acclaim for the 2018 vintage from this legendary house is unanimous—and gushing:

In a 99-point rave, James Suckling hailed its "complex and expressive nose, offering red and dark fruit, spices and pepper with wood and mushroom undertones," going on to admire the "great balance between the acidity and the controlled, tannic structure" and its "very long finish."

And here's Jeb Dunnuck, in a 98-point hosanna: "a beautiful, classic expression of this terroir, and its dense purple hue is followed by gorgeous black cherry and cassis fruits interwoven with ample tobacco leaf, cedary herbs, earth, truffle, and floral nuances. ... It has plenty of tannins, flawless balance, and a great finish. A beautiful, elegant 2018."

Decanter also awarded it 98 points, astutely noting that "there's a lot of the 2015 character here, in ... its enjoyable structure and generous fruit, but it's more like 2016 in its serious finish."

A blend of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon and 35% Merlot, with the remaining 10% split between Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc, it spent 18 months in 60% new French oak. Production was limited, with only 21 hectoliters per hectare.

These are the specs; what cannot be quantified is the ineffable terroir of the Haut-Bailly estate, which has been growing plots since the 1530s, and which has unmistakably imbued this bottling with so much expressive character.

Critical consensus is that it should come to maturity in 5-7 years, and our recent tastings suggest the same—while retaining its energy, freshness, and fruit. In 20, it ought to be divine.

Collectors, this is one you don’t want to miss.

 

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