Château Haut-Bailly 2018, Pessac-Léognan Cru Classé - Parker 96-98+
The 2018 Haut-Bailly is blended of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot and 5% Cabernet Franc. Grapes were harvested September 17 to October 9, and the wine has 14.4% alcohol. Deep purple-black in colour, it opens slowly with profound notions of Black Forest cake, crème de cassis, roasted nuts and black olives, unfurling to reveal notions of menthol, crushed rocks, molten liquorice and chargrilled meat plus a hint of lilacs. Full-bodied, rich and densely laden with layer upon layer of vibrant black fruits and mineral nuances, it has a solid backbone of firm, velvety tannins and seamless freshness, finishing very long with compelling restraint and exciting energy. robertparker.com
|Packing||OWC 6 bottles|
|Vines||Cab. Sauvignon 55%, Merlot 35%, Petit Verdot 5%, Cab. Franc 5%|
|Storage advice||Great cellaring potential|
|Consumption guidelines||Drink between 16 and 18°C.|
|Producer||Château Haut-Bailly, 103 Avenue de Cadaujac, 33850 Léognan, France|
|Bottling||Mis en bouteille au Château|
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(...) notes of warm black plums, baked black cherries, kirsch and freshly crushed blackcurrants with hints of candied violets, cinnamon toast, Ceylon tea and pencil shavings. Medium-bodied, the palate is charged with amazing energy, featuring dynamic black and red fruits and loads of baking spice and mineral sparks, framed by ripe, fine-grained tannins and finishing long and fragrant. robertparker.com
The wine is a deep, dazzling purple. Initially rather closed, the nose opens with airing to reveal elegant fresh fruit, blackcurrant bud and eucalyptus aromas. A fresh, clean attack leads into a full, powerful and silky mid-palate, building to an incredibly long finish on notes of brioche and liquorice. An intense and stylish vintage to come back to in a few years’ time.
The Grand Vin boasts suave, powerful tannins with more precision than in the vintages 2006 and 2008, although not as much as the mythical 2009 and 2010. This remarkable vintage can be considered among the property’s greatest success. It will charm you with its elegance, depth and balance. Undoubtedly a vintage to be aged longer than the three previous vintages.
This vintage, still in its youth, evoques a warm, sented atmosphere reminiscent of linden blossom and hyacinths. It’s just like biting into a fresh grape. This is a robust wine with deep, long flavours. There is nothing aggressive here, the silky, elegant, ever accessible tannins roll like marbles around the palate.
Eric Boissenot, consultant oenologist