Château Haut-Bailly

Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend

9.2703 ratings
9.2184 pro ratings
Pessac-Léognan, Graves, Bordeaux, France
Red Bordeaux Blend
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Classic.

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May 11th, 2020
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9.3

The 2017 Haut-Bailly matured in 50% new oak and bottled at the end of April. It has a fragrant bouquet with blackcurrant, wild strawberry, wilted rose petal and light truffle scents emerging with time. This is a less powerful nose than recent vintages, but I appreciate the understated style. The palate is medium-bodied with rounded, saturated tannin. There is good acidity here, quite spicy in the mouth with a gentle, if not overly complex finish. It is the kind of Haut-Bailly that will drink comparatively early, though it has the substance to last for 20+ years. (Neal Martin, Vinous, February 2020)

The 2017 Haut-Bailly matured in 50% new oak and bottled at the end of April. It has a fragrant bouquet with blackcurrant, wild strawberry, wilted rose petal and light truffle scents emerging with time. This is a less powerful nose than recent vintages, but I appreciate the understated style. The palate is medium-bodied with rounded, saturated tannin. There is good acidity here, quite spicy in the mouth with a gentle, if not overly complex finish. It is the kind of Haut-Bailly that will drink comparatively early, though it has the substance to last for 20+ years. (Neal Martin, Vinous, February 2020)

Feb 12th, 2020
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.6

Haut-Bailly Dinner in SF with Veronique Sanders of Haut-Bailly.

The 2010 is an excellent vintage but, it is for the later part of your life or your children.

This is drinking beautifully with a 4 hour decant. The structure & tension are just starting to their softening stage. The length and balance are in the forget about it range and will just get better & better. Ripe, stunning fruits of; blackberries, dark cherries, black raspberries, plum & a touch of blue fruits. Moist clay & top soils, stones, mint, graphite, fresh tobacco, dark cola, anise to black licorice with stunning, withering floral bouquet. Acidity is perfect. The finish is everything you want in a Bordeaux.

Definitely a 99-100 point wine in 15 years plus.

Served with the Cheese Plate; Red Hawk, Hop Along & Roquefort. @Mathilde French Bistro

Photos of; Clyde Beffa Owner of K&L Wine Merchants & Veronique Sanders, dinner menu & pairing, Veronique talking terroir/vintages & dinner guests.

Haut-Bailly Dinner in SF with Veronique Sanders of Haut-Bailly.

The 2010 is an excellent vintage but, it is for the later part of your life or your children.

This is drinking beautifully with a 4 hour decant. The structure & tension are just starting to their softening stage. The length and balance are in the forget about it range and will just get better & better. Ripe, stunning fruits of; blackberries, dark cherries, black raspberries, plum & a touch of blue fruits. Moist clay & top soils, stones, mint, graphite, fresh tobacco, dark cola, anise to black licorice with stunning, withering floral bouquet. Acidity is perfect. The finish is everything you want in a Bordeaux.

Definitely a 99-100 point wine in 15 years plus.

Served with the Cheese Plate; Red Hawk, Hop Along & Roquefort. @Mathilde French Bistro

Photos of; Clyde Beffa Owner of K&L Wine Merchants & Veronique Sanders, dinner menu & pairing, Veronique talking terroir/vintages & dinner guests.

Feb 9th, 2020
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.7

Haut-Bailly Dinner in SF with Veronique Sanders of Haut-Bailly.

The 2009 is such a beautifully elegant, almost creamy vintage that will just keep getting better & better & better. It stuns the moment it hits your palate.

The fruit, silky texture and length are simply stupidly good. The elegance & beauty only happen a few vintages in a lifetime. The fruits are perfectly ripe, blackberries, black raspberries, dark cherries and hints of blue fruits. Used leather, graphite, fresh tobacco, mocha powder, dark chocolate, stones, fresh, rich earth , medium dark spice, layered baking spices with beautiful, fresh & slightly withering; dark, red, blue and purple flowers framed in soft violets.

100 point Parker wine that will get there with another 8-10 years in bottle.

Served with the Cheese plate; Red Hawk, Hop Along & Roquefort. @Mathilde French Bistro

Photos of; Clyde Beffa Owner of K&L Wine Merchants & Veronique Sanders, dinner menu & pairing, Veronique talking Terroir/vintages & dinner guests.

Haut-Bailly Dinner in SF with Veronique Sanders of Haut-Bailly.

The 2009 is such a beautifully elegant, almost creamy vintage that will just keep getting better & better & better. It stuns the moment it hits your palate.

The fruit, silky texture and length are simply stupidly good. The elegance & beauty only happen a few vintages in a lifetime. The fruits are perfectly ripe, blackberries, black raspberries, dark cherries and hints of blue fruits. Used leather, graphite, fresh tobacco, mocha powder, dark chocolate, stones, fresh, rich earth , medium dark spice, layered baking spices with beautiful, fresh & slightly withering; dark, red, blue and purple flowers framed in soft violets.

100 point Parker wine that will get there with another 8-10 years in bottle.

Served with the Cheese plate; Red Hawk, Hop Along & Roquefort. @Mathilde French Bistro

Photos of; Clyde Beffa Owner of K&L Wine Merchants & Veronique Sanders, dinner menu & pairing, Veronique talking Terroir/vintages & dinner guests.

Feb 9th, 2020
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.4

Haut-Bailly Dinner in SF with Veronique Sanders of Haut-Bailly.

The 2000 is delicious but, it still proves out my thoughts that 2000 is a stubborn vintage. It’s going to be 25 years plus in bottle from vintage before this and many other 2000’s show their full beauty & elegance.

It’s starting to show nice integration, elegance & beauty. But, there are better days ahead. Round, ripe, slightly stewed fruits of; blackberries, black raspberries, dark cherries, black plum, mint, loamy soil & clay, dry stone, tobacco, leather, black earth, granite and red, dark, blue flowers. Great round acidity. It’s well balanced, delicious with a finish that persists minutes.

Served with Creek Stone Farm Filet of Beef, Sautéed Potatoes, Red Wine Sauce. @Mathilde French Bistro

Photos of; Clyde Beffa Owner of K&L Wine Merchants & Veronique Sanders, dinner menu & pairing, Veronique talking HB terroir & vintages & dinner guests.

Haut-Bailly Dinner in SF with Veronique Sanders of Haut-Bailly.

The 2000 is delicious but, it still proves out my thoughts that 2000 is a stubborn vintage. It’s going to be 25 years plus in bottle from vintage before this and many other 2000’s show their full beauty & elegance.

It’s starting to show nice integration, elegance & beauty. But, there are better days ahead. Round, ripe, slightly stewed fruits of; blackberries, black raspberries, dark cherries, black plum, mint, loamy soil & clay, dry stone, tobacco, leather, black earth, granite and red, dark, blue flowers. Great round acidity. It’s well balanced, delicious with a finish that persists minutes.

Served with Creek Stone Farm Filet of Beef, Sautéed Potatoes, Red Wine Sauce. @Mathilde French Bistro

Photos of; Clyde Beffa Owner of K&L Wine Merchants & Veronique Sanders, dinner menu & pairing, Veronique talking HB terroir & vintages & dinner guests.

Feb 9th, 2020
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.5

Haut-Bailly Dinner in SF with Veronique Sanders of Haut-Bailly.

The 16 is sensational. The 16 vintage has the widest drinking window that I have tasted in my 25 years tasting Bordeaux. The style is lighter, brighter, ripe fruits, blackberries, black cherries, black raspberries, dark cola, picked up nice expresso notes revisiting another tasting at the end of dinner, beautiful understated earth of; stones, dry top soil & clay, dark fresh & slightly withering flowers. Great acidy. Elegant, well balanced finish that wows young. This will flirt with a near perfect score in 15-20 years of bottle age.

Served with Creek Stone Farm Filet of Beef, Sautéed Potatoes, Red Wine Sauce. @Mathilde French Bistro

Photos of; Clyde Beffa Owner of K&L Wine Merchants & Veronique Sanders, dinner menu & pairing & dinner guests.

Haut-Bailly Dinner in SF with Veronique Sanders of Haut-Bailly.

The 16 is sensational. The 16 vintage has the widest drinking window that I have tasted in my 25 years tasting Bordeaux. The style is lighter, brighter, ripe fruits, blackberries, black cherries, black raspberries, dark cola, picked up nice expresso notes revisiting another tasting at the end of dinner, beautiful understated earth of; stones, dry top soil & clay, dark fresh & slightly withering flowers. Great acidy. Elegant, well balanced finish that wows young. This will flirt with a near perfect score in 15-20 years of bottle age.

Served with Creek Stone Farm Filet of Beef, Sautéed Potatoes, Red Wine Sauce. @Mathilde French Bistro

Photos of; Clyde Beffa Owner of K&L Wine Merchants & Veronique Sanders, dinner menu & pairing & dinner guests.

Feb 9th, 2020
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.2

Haut-Bailly Dinner in SF with Veronique Sanders of Haut-Bailly.

The 2008 is good but, has fallen back into a sleepy phase. Muted blackberries, dark cherries, black raspberries, black plum, black tea, dark cola, dry top soil, stones, dark, turned earthiness, dry fresh & withering flowers. Good mouth feel. It was better a few years ago. But, this will open up again and be much nicer. Hold another 7-10 plus years.

Served with Coq au Vin. Baby Carrots, Mushrooms, Pearl Onions & Red Wine Sauce. This is excellent preparation. So good! @Mathilde French Bistro

Photos of; Clyde Beffa Owner of K&L Wine Merchants & Veronique Sanders, dinner menu & pairing & dinner guests.

Haut-Bailly Dinner in SF with Veronique Sanders of Haut-Bailly.

The 2008 is good but, has fallen back into a sleepy phase. Muted blackberries, dark cherries, black raspberries, black plum, black tea, dark cola, dry top soil, stones, dark, turned earthiness, dry fresh & withering flowers. Good mouth feel. It was better a few years ago. But, this will open up again and be much nicer. Hold another 7-10 plus years.

Served with Coq au Vin. Baby Carrots, Mushrooms, Pearl Onions & Red Wine Sauce. This is excellent preparation. So good! @Mathilde French Bistro

Photos of; Clyde Beffa Owner of K&L Wine Merchants & Veronique Sanders, dinner menu & pairing & dinner guests.

Feb 9th, 2020
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.3

Haut-Bailly Dinner in SF with Veronique Sanders of Haut-Bailly.

The 2012 is living up to its reviews. It’s good & well priced. The dark fruits are ripe, juicy, cola notes, menthol, dark, moist, turned earth. Drinking nicely now but, still a hold for another 5 years plus.

Served with Coq au Vin. Baby Carrots, Mushrooms, Pearl Onions & Red Wine Sauce. Mathilde French Bistro

Photos of; Clyde Beffa Owner of K&L Wine Merchants & Veronique Sanders, dinner menu & pairing & dinner guests.

Haut-Bailly Dinner in SF with Veronique Sanders of Haut-Bailly.

The 2012 is living up to its reviews. It’s good & well priced. The dark fruits are ripe, juicy, cola notes, menthol, dark, moist, turned earth. Drinking nicely now but, still a hold for another 5 years plus.

Served with Coq au Vin. Baby Carrots, Mushrooms, Pearl Onions & Red Wine Sauce. Mathilde French Bistro

Photos of; Clyde Beffa Owner of K&L Wine Merchants & Veronique Sanders, dinner menu & pairing & dinner guests.

Feb 9th, 2020
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.3

From 5L. Fantastic.

Haut-Bailly Dinner in SF with Veronique Sanders of Haut-Bailly.

The 97 is beautifully integrated, elegant body, dark fruits of blackberries, black raspberries, touch vegetal & soft earthiness. Well preserved fruits in 5L. Beautiful & elegance defined.

Served with Gnocchi a la Parisienne. The best Gnocchi outside of Italy we’ve had. @Mathilde French Bistro

Photos of; Clyde Beffa owner of K&L Wine Merchants & Veronique Sanders, dinner menu & pairing & dinner guests.

From 5L. Fantastic.

Haut-Bailly Dinner in SF with Veronique Sanders of Haut-Bailly.

The 97 is beautifully integrated, elegant body, dark fruits of blackberries, black raspberries, touch vegetal & soft earthiness. Well preserved fruits in 5L. Beautiful & elegance defined.

Served with Gnocchi a la Parisienne. The best Gnocchi outside of Italy we’ve had. @Mathilde French Bistro

Photos of; Clyde Beffa owner of K&L Wine Merchants & Veronique Sanders, dinner menu & pairing & dinner guests.

Feb 9th, 2020
Andrew Lohse

Jammed full of rich black fruit—blackberry, some plum-like notes, tar, spice, and juicy, generous tannins. Serious richness, serious value

Jammed full of rich black fruit—blackberry, some plum-like notes, tar, spice, and juicy, generous tannins. Serious richness, serious value

Dec 19th, 2019