2020 Château Haut-Bailly, Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan

The 2020 Haut-Bailly is spectacular: a wine that demonstrates where this estate is heading. Complex, powerful, incredibly fine, and remarkably long, this is one of the wines of the vintage. Whisper this quietly, but it’s not far off the quality of the firsts: one to secure while you have the chance.

Critic score
99.5/100
Pricing
Bottle
En primeur
In stock
£117.88
Case, 6 Bottles
En primeur
In stock
£707.28

WINE DETAILS

  • Region & country
    Pessac-Léognan, Graves, Bordeaux, France
  • Grape
    52% Cabernet Sauvignon
    42% Merlot
    3% Cabernet Franc
    3% Petit Verdot
  • Maturity
    Young 2028 - 2050
  • Colour
    Red
  • Sweetness
    Dry
  • Style
    Still
  • Unit Volume
    Bottle (75cl.)
2020 Château Haut-Bailly, Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan

TASTING NOTES

This has incredible power and drive with blackberry, black olive and graphite. It’s full-bodied, yet dynamic and agile, with so much polished and muscular tannin. Yet, it remains in harmony and balance. So much character. The head of the chateau calls it diabolical beauty. 25% less production than the 2019. 52% cabernet sauvignon, 42% merlot, 3% cabernet franc and 3% petit verdot.

James Suckling, jamessuckling.com (June 2021)
99—100/100
Château Haut-Bailly

Haut-Bailly is a story of reinvention. Its history dates back to the 16th century when the land was acquired by Parisien banker, Firmin Le Bailly and by 1878, Haut-Bailly was commanding prices that rivalled the First Growths. However it fell into a period of decline which was not reversed until 1955 when the estate was bought by Daniel Sanders, a Belgian wine merchant. His fastidious methods saw the vineyards replanted and the winery returned to its former focus on quality.

Haut-Bailly is now owned by the American Wilmers family while Daniel’s granddaughter, Véronique Sanders, is in charge. Together with winemaker Gabriel Vialard, Haut-Bailly’s reputation is stronger than ever and more than deserving of its Grand Cru Classé de Graves status. The 30 hectares of vines are predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon and there is a prized 4 hectare parcel of century-old vines which are interwoven with the key Bordeaux grape varieties. Alongside its silky Grand Vin and second wines, in certain vintages Haut-Bailly also makes a rosé de saignée.

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