2010 Haut Bailly Bordeaux Blend
Bordeaux Blend - 6L

  • WA 97
  • JL 97
  • JS 96
  • WE 95
  • NM 95

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WA 97
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.
JL 97
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 to... 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.
JS 96
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.
WE 95
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.
NM 95
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 full-bodied... 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!
JJB 96
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 a... 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.
JJB 96
Corey Fine - JJ Buckley, January 2016
62% cabernet sauvignon, 36% merlot and 2% cabernet franc. Aged for 16 months in 50-65% new barrels. Opaque core with a purple edge. This starts out a bit reserved and backwards, but really begins to pick up steam with a... 62% cabernet sauvignon, 36% merlot and 2% cabernet franc. Aged for 16 months in 50-65% new barrels. Opaque core with a purple edge. This starts out a bit reserved and backwards, but really begins to pick up steam with a bit of air allowing gorgeous aromas of black cherries, creme de cassis, violets, charcoal and cedar to spill from the glass. This falls on the modern side of the stylistic spectrum, displaying a full-bodied profile with great power and length, though without a touch of heaviness as the silky tannins and fresh acidity create a beautiful overall balance. As good as this is now, it's going to be even better with a decade of cellaring. Enjoy 2020-2040+.
Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Pessac Leognan
Vintage 2010

Label

Chateau Haut-Bailly, says Robert Parker Jr., “is a wine of undeniable finesse, elegance and restraint.” Marked by sophistication and supple tannins, historically—like most top-quality Bordeaux—it has been at its finest after some years of bottle age.

However, in recent years, the wines are increasingly attractive in their youth. This does not seem to affect the age-worthiness of the wine. It merely broadens the timespan for enjoyment. Indeed, steady improvements in winemaking and viticulture are raising overall quality to new levels.

Winery

Haut Bailly

Chateau Haut-Bailly, an esteemed Cru Classé de Graves, lies in a 30 hectare (74 acres) vineyard near the center of the region. On the left bank of the river Garonne, it is positioned on a high sandy ridge mixed with gravel, atop a layer of sandstone and fossil shell remains. This terroir gives Haut Bailly wines distinctive character and refinement.

The property featured vines in 1461 or earlier, and from 1530s one could see a focused wine estate taking shape. That estate changed hands over the centuries and was handed down from generation to generation, each leaving their stamp. Today, Chateau Haut Bailly is owned by Robert G. Wilmers, an American businessman devoted to Bordeaux Grands Crus. His stewardship and investment has brought Haut Bailly to new heights but all in keeping with the estates strong heritage.

The long heritage of Chateau Haut Bailly is represented by 4 hectares of own-rooted, century-old vines. The remainder of the vineyard, on carefully selected rootstock, is Cabernet Sauvignon focused with 34% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc, and 3% Petit Verdot available to create complex, well-rounded wines.