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2010 Haut Bailly Bordeaux Blend

  • Bordeaux Blend
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  • WA95
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Reviews

WA95
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, May 2011
2010: 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... 2010: 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.
JL95
Jeff Leve - TheWineCellarInsider.com, April 2011
From 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc, a blend similar to what they used in 2009, the 2010 vintage is the product of low yields. For a comparison, 2009 was 46 hectoliters per hectare. In 2010, due... From 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc, a blend similar to what they used in 2009, the 2010 vintage is the product of low yields. For a comparison, 2009 was 46 hectoliters per hectare. In 2010, due to the draught and problems with the Merlot flowering, yields were reduced to 37 hectares per hectoliter. Low yields and weather allowed the wine to reach 13.9 % alcohol, which is slightly higher than the 13.75 the property enjoyed in 2009. . Inky purple in color, with pungent aromas of smoke, licorice, truffle, spice, ash, tobacco and blackberry liqueur, the wine is concentrated, deep, rich and opulent in texture. With palate staining fruit, layers of ripe, velvety tannins and a long, pure, cassis and blackberry finish, this wine offers strong competition for the 2009. Veronique Sanders thinks the 2010 is a better wine. I am not sure I agree. But I do know, it's going to be a lot of comparing 2010 with 2009, 2008, 2006 and 2005 over the next few decades.
JS95
James Suckling - jamessuckling.com, April 2011
Wow. What a superb nose of blackberries, flowers and licorice. Full bodied, with a powerful palate of super rich fruit yet bright tannins and loads of blackberries and ctirus on the finish. This is really structural with... Wow. What a superb nose of blackberries, flowers and licorice. Full bodied, with a powerful palate of super rich fruit yet bright tannins and loads of blackberries and ctirus on the finish. This is really structural with amazing purity of fruit. It is so direct and powerful. Chic brick house of a wine. 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc.
WE93
Wine Enthusiast - Wine Enthusiast, June 2011
Very concentrated wine, although its tannins are well integrated into the fresh berry fruits and bright acidity. That gives the wine a style that brings out a more open character. Very promising future.
NM92
Neal Martin's Wine Journal - Neal Martin's Wine Journal, April 2011
The nose is very dense and rather introspective at first, gradually unfurling in the glass with blackberry, boysenberry and a slight "clayey" aroma that moves towards coca with continued aeration. The palate is... The nose is very dense and rather introspective at first, gradually unfurling in the glass with blackberry, boysenberry and a slight "clayey" aroma that moves towards coca with continued aeration. The palate is full-bodied and very powerful, very structured and tannic although the tannins and not quite as fine as say, Smith Haut-Lafitte or Pape-Clement. Touches of graphite linger on the aftertaste. The sample at the Château needed a little more tension and precision...the sample at the UGC gave it to me!
JR
Jancis Robinson - Jancis Robinson, April 2012
Complex nose: that leafy perfume that I love in Pessac but also a savoury dark, almost tarry note. Not overripe. Tannins are very present but supple and fine and dry, allowing the dark, lively but not at all ostentatious... Complex nose: that leafy perfume that I love in Pessac but also a savoury dark, almost tarry note. Not overripe. Tannins are very present but supple and fine and dry, allowing the dark, lively but not at all ostentatious fruit to peak through. Dark and dry and promising on the finish. 18/20 (JH)
CG
Cory Gowan - JJ Buckley, April 2011
62% cabernet sauvignon, 36% merlot, and 2% cabernet franc. Aged for 16 months in 50-65% new barrels. Low yields of only 37 hl/ha (as a reference, 2009 was 46hl/ha). 13.9% alcohol. With unique terroir of gravelly sand but... 62% cabernet sauvignon, 36% merlot, and 2% cabernet franc. Aged for 16 months in 50-65% new barrels. Low yields of only 37 hl/ha (as a reference, 2009 was 46hl/ha). 13.9% alcohol. With unique terroir of gravelly sand but a high proportion of fossils in the subsoil on a mere 30 HA. Owned by American Robert Wilmers since 1998, Chateau Haut-Bailly has seen a tremendous resurgence in quality. With a high-toned nose, the palate is big and round with rich blackberry, violet, and cassis. But it's the huge structure inside the wine, almost a second mid-palate that really amazes me. The tannins unfold in a big way at the end, giving it good lift on the finish supported by pure elegance and power. Tasted twice with consistent notes.

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