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2010 Ch. Haut-Bailly, Pessac-Léognan

Ch. Haut-Bailly, Pessac-Leognan
Those of you who have followed Ch. Haut Bailly’s total regeneration over the last decade with us will not be at all surprised to note that this is their most spectacular wine to date, just pipping the 2009 by a whisker perhaps. If you end up with either of these gems in your cellar, you will be deliriously happy in years to come ‘comparing and contrasting’ these two spectacular vintages.

It has the most beautiful balance of power and weight, without being heavy and clunky. It is a joy to quaff - no other wine in Bordeaux tastes like Haut-Bailly; it’s a genuine marvel.
(Simon Staples, BBR Fine Wine Director)Château Haut-Bailly


BBR Decanter Jancis Parker Tim Atkin
18.5/20 18.5/20 17/20 98/100 94
Ch. Haut-Bailly, Pessac-Leognan
Great depth of slightly earthy fruit, a lifted fragrance over great vineyard concentration, more backward than usual with a superb future, a magnified Haut-Bailly wine.
(Steven Spurrier – Decanter – Apr 2011)

BBR Decanter Jancis Parker Tim Atkin
18.5/20 18.5/20 17/20 98/100 94
Ch. Haut-Bailly, Pessac-Leognan
Blackish crimson. Really savoury, well integrated, interesting-already nose. Then a bit inky on the palate at the moment. Medium bodied and very Cabernet. Needs lots of time. A dry wine, be warned. Classical stuff from Chateau Haut-Bailly for the 2010 vintage.
(Jancis Robinson MW- jancis robinson.com 12 Apr 2011)

BBR Decanter Jancis Parker Tim Atkin
18.5/20 18.5/20 17/20 98/100 94
Ch. Haut-Bailly, Pessac-Leognan
Deep plum/purple, Haut-Bailly’s 2010 required some coaxing to appreciate its subtle notes of barbecue smoke, lead pencil shavings and creme de cassis as well as its touches of pomegranate and forest floor. The oak is pushed far into the background and the tannins are extremely silky, but the intensity of the wine is profound and the finish lingers for close to 55 seconds. This wine is ripe yet delicate, powerful yet stylish, and essentially resembles a remarkable fashion design from a house of haute couture. This wine needs a good 7-8 years of bottle age and should keep for 40-50+ years. This quintessential example of pure finesse, elegance, harmony and delicacy is combined into a wine that lingers intensely with near-perfect poise and character. Haut-Bailly’s ethereal character is virtually unmatched in Bordeaux. Normally, winemaker/winemaker Veronique Sanders fashions a blend that approximates 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc. That was the exact blend of her 2009, and I doubt the 2010 deviates significantly from that.
(98 Robert Parker- Wine Advocate- Feb 2013)

Proprietor Robert Wilmers and general manager/winemaker Veronique Sanders have done an extraordinary job at this estate, which has now become one of the superstars of Bordeaux as recent vintages have admirably demonstrated. An opulently styled effort, the blue/purple-hued 2010 offers a sweet kiss of graphite, charcoal, black cherries, black currants and compelling forest floor-like notes. A seamless integration of acidity, tannin, alcohol and oak is found in this full-bodied yet delicate, precise 2010. There is plenty of tannin but it is well-hidden behind the extravagant quantity of fruit. Give it 5-7 years and drink it over the following 35-40 years.
(95-97 Robert Parker- Wine Advocate- May 2011)

BBR Decanter Jancis Parker Tim Atkin
18.5/20 18.5/20 17/20 98/100 94
Ch. Haut-Bailly, Pessac-Leognan
Product: 7722
Maturity: Drink 2020-2045 (For laying down)
Vintage: 2010
Origin: France » Bordeaux » Pessac-Léognan Map of the region
Grape Variety: Cab.Sauvignon Blend
Style: Medium Bodied, Dry, 14% alcohol
Closure Type: Cork
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BBR Decanter Jancis Parker Tim Atkin
18.5/20 18.5/20 17/20 98/100 94
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