2013 Ch. Haut-Bailly, Pessac-Léognan

2013 Ch. Haut-Bailly, Pessac-Léognan

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2013 Ch. Haut-Bailly, Pessac-Léognan

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Glorious. Beautifully fresh and ripe red fruits almost Pinot noir like nose. Effortlessly classy with really delicate and fine tannins holding together a radiant and pure core of slightly racey, crunchy and succulent fruit. Always a favourite with the BBR team the rigorous selection made to ensure this wine's highest quality really has worked beautifully here. As good as its 2004 and 2006. 
Simon Staples - Asia Sales Director

The last 2013 we tasted while visiting Bordeaux and as attractive a wine as could be hoped for. As with all successful ‘13s, there’s nothing at all stretched about the wine and Véronique and team have crafted a delightfully pure-fruited example that maintains their house style effortlessly. This will make very agreeable drinking 3-5 years hence, perhaps over lunch on a similarly, blossom-laden day that we enjoyed there last week.
Tom Cave - Cellar Plan Manager

It is reserved on the palate and the nose, but opens up slowly in the glass with attractive raspberry and cherry fruit and a lingering savoury finish. The market freshness, precision of fruit and wonderfully firm silky tannins that I have come to associate with Ch. Haut Bailly are all there. Few properties offer the consistency of Ch. Haut Bailly and 2013 is no exception, reminiscent of a combination of 2001 and 2004. A very traditional blend of 64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc.
Fine Wine Team


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Chateau Haut-Bailly

Chateau Haut-Bailly

Château Haut-Bailly is a Graves Cru Classé estate that has really hit form in the last 5-7 years. Haut-Bailly was bought by the Sanders family in 1955 and was run by Jean Sanders until 1998 when Robert G. Wilmers, an American banker, purchased it. It is located in the commune of Léognan, which is usually more associated with white wine production.

Haut-Bailly has 28 hectares of vineyards which are very well sited on high, gravelly ground just east of Léognan village. The wine is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (65%), Merlot (25%) and Cabernet Franc (10%). It is matured in small oak barriques (50% new) for 15 months and is bottled unfined and unfiltered.

Ch. Haut-Bailly makes small quantities of a rosé from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, preferring to use the single varietal to maintain freshness in the blend. The wine is fermented 1/3 in new oak barrels and 2/3 in stainless steel at 16°C.

Haut-Bailly is renowned for its smoothness and silkiness but, since the mid 1990s, the wines have better depth of fruit as well as more grip, concentration and body. They are now amongst the top echelons of Pessac-Léognan wines.

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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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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.

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Wine Advocate
The 2013 Haut Bailly is a cut above many Pessac-Lognan wines this year. It is bestowed an engaging, red cherry, strawberry and iodine-scented bouquet that unfolds in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with quite bold tannin for the vintage, but here there is the fruit to back it up and there is real density on the ferrous finish. Team Sanders has made a considered, harmonious and very agreeable wine for the vintage, even if it might pale against other recent releases. Just 2,000 cases this vintage. Last tasted at the property in March 2016 and you know, it might well garner a higher evaluation with bottle age.
Neal Martin - 28/10/2016 Read more
Decanter17/100
Dense purple-red, cassis nose with hints of wild roses, good vineyard fruit, tannins a bit raw still. Drink: 2018-2028
Steven Spurrier - Decanter, April 2014 Read more