Red, For laying down

2012 La Parde de Haut Bailly, Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux

2012 La Parde de Haut Bailly, Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux

Red | For laying down | Code:  17192 | 2012 | France > Bordeaux > Pessac-Leognan | Cab.Sauvignon Blend | Medium Bodied, Dry | 13.0 % alcohol

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Scores and Reviews

The Wine Advocate

89/100

Antonio Galloni

90

Wine Spectator

88-91/100

Suckling

90-91/100

The Wine Advocate - The 2012 La Parde de Haut-Bailly is a blend of 56% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot and 4% Cabernet Franc. It has quite a polished and generous bouquet, perhaps without the complexity of its 2010 counterpart, although it does open up nicely with hints of blood orange (possibly from the Merlot) emerging with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with a soft and silky entry, fleshier than the 2010, with commendable depth, mainly black fruit with a seam of pencil lead toward the fresh and vibrant finish. This is another excellent Deuxime Vin from the estate. Tasted March 2017.
Neal Martin - 28/07/2017

Antonio Galloni - Lavender, crushed flowers, red berries, mint and sweet spices lift from the glass in the 2012 La Parde de Haut-Bailly. The tannins need air to soften, but there is plenty to like in this decidedly mid-weight, gracious second wine from Haut-Bailly. The blend is 56% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot and 4% Cabernet Franc, which is a bit less Merlot than the norm.
Antonio Galloni, vinous.com (winter 2016)

Wine Spectator - Very silky, this lacks the overly taut feel of the vintage, featuring a lightly dusty edge to the cassis fruit, with fine-grained tannins and a perfumy finish. Tasted non-blind.
James Molesworth, Wine Spectator, April 8 2013

Suckling - This is excellent for the vintage with a lovely berry and velvety tannins. Juicy. Plum, coffee and spice. Savory. Second wine of Haut-Bailly.
James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com (spring 2013)

The Grape

Cab.Sauvignon Blend

Cab.Sauvignon Blend

Cabernet Sauvignon lends itself particularly well in blends with Merlot. This is actually the archetypal Bordeaux blend, though in different proportions in the sub-regions and sometimes topped up with Cabernet Franc, Malbec, and Petit Verdot.

In the Médoc and Graves the percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend can range from 95% (Mouton-Rothschild) to as low as 40%. It is particularly suited to the dry, warm, free- draining, gravel-rich soils and is responsible for the redolent cassis characteristics as well as the depth of colour, tannic structure and pronounced acidity of Médoc wines. However 100% Cabernet Sauvignon wines can be slightly hollow-tasting in the middle palate and Merlot with its generous, fleshy fruit flavours acts as a perfect foil by filling in this cavity.

In St-Emilion and Pomerol, the blends are Merlot dominated as Cabernet Sauvignon can struggle to ripen there - when it is included, it adds structure and body to the wine. Sassicaia is the most famous Bordeaux blend in Italy and has spawned many imitations, whereby the blend is now firmly established in the New World and particularly in California and  Australia.

The Region

Pessac-Leognan

Pessac-Leognan

In 1986 a new communal district was created within Graves, in Bordeaux,  based on the districts of Pessac and Léognan, the first of which lies within the suburbs of the city. Essentially this came about through pressure from Pessac-Léognan vignerons, who wished to disassociate themselves from growers with predominately sandy soils further south in Graves.

Pessac-Léognan has the best soils of the region, very similar to those of the Médoc, although the depth of gravel is more variable, and contains all the classed growths of the region. Some of its great names, including Ch. Haut-Brion, even sit serenely and resolutely in Bordeaux's southern urban sprawl.

The climate is milder than to the north of the city and the harvest can occur up to two weeks earlier. This gives the best wines a heady, rich and almost savoury character, laced with notes of tobacco, spice and leather. Further south, the soil is sandier with more clay, and the wines are lighter, fruity and suitable for earlier drinking.

Recommended Châteaux: Ch. Haut-Brion, Ch. la Mission Haut-Brion, Ch. Pape Clément, Ch Haut-Bailly, Domaine de Chevalier, Ch. Larrivet-Haut-Brion, Ch. Carmes Haut-Brion, Ch. La Garde, Villa Bel-Air.

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