2012 Haut Bailly Bordeaux Blend

Bordeaux Blend - 750ML
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REVIEWS

DC 94 JS 94 JD 94 JL 94 WA 94 WE 94 TWI 93 WS 93 JA 92 VN 91
DC 94

Decanter, October 2019

Even in a more modest vintage such as 2002, Haut-Bailly excels thanks to the production team's detailed knowledge of this all-red vineyard. The vintage was a good one but perhaps less structured than 2014 or 2015. The...
JS 94

jamessuckling.com, February 2015

This red shows intense blackberries, raspberries and strawberries on the nose, following through to a full body with refined yet firm tannins, fresh acidity and a delicate finish. The purity of fruit and finesse and...
JD 94

jebdunnuck.com, October 2023

In the same ballpark quality-wise as the 2006, 2008, and 2014, the 2012 Château Haut-Bailly has beautiful ripeness in its sweet red and black fruits as well as notes of smoky tobacco, tapenade, and damp earth. Medium to...
JL 94

TheWineCellarInsider.com, November 2023

Medium-bodied, silky, energetic, bright style of Haut Bailly, with a lean to its lifted, red fruits, and a dash of cocoa in the finish. This is ready to go. Drink from 2023-2032.
WA 94

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, July 2017

The 2012 Haut Bailly is a brilliant wine for the vintage. It has a very intense bouquet with scents of blackberry, bilberry, cedar and a touch of pencil lead. This is very well defined and focused. The palate is...
WE 94

Wine Enthusiast, May 2015

Very firm and closed up, this wine is a tough proposition at the moment. It has the weight to develop well along with richness. Acidity, sweet fruits and concentrated tannins will all come through strongly as the wine...
TWI 93

The Wine Independent, February 2023

Medium to deep garnet colored, the 2012 Haut-Bailly delivers plum preserves, warm cassis, and spice cake scents with touches of licorice and clove oil. Light to medium-bodied, with rounded tannins and plenty of freshness...
WS 93

Wine Spectator, March 2015

Well-stuffed, with thick and muscular brambly structure that easily supports the core of macerated black currant, fig and boysenberry fruit flavors. A tarry edge coats the finish. More backwards than most of its peers at...
JA 92

janeanson.com, March 2022

Sweet blueberry and blackcurrant fruit, this displays grip, poise and total control from the winemaking team. Mouthwatering, with deft and well-hewn tannins, reallly steps up among the line up, showing signature grip and...
VN 91

Vinous, September 2022

The 2012 Haut-Bailly has a well-defined bouquet, blackberry and tobacco at first, red fruit emerging with time. The oak is neatly folded in here. The palate is ripe and fleshy on the entry, powerful and quite dense...

WINE DETAILS

Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Pessac Leognan
Vintage 2012
Size 750ML
Percent alcohol 13%
Closure Cork

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.

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.

The 2012 Haut Bailly is a Bordeaux blend hailing from the esteemed Pessac-Léognan sub-region of Bordeaux, France. This red wine, produced by Haut Bailly, is sealed with a cork and contains 13.0% alcohol.

The wine has received high praise from various professional reviewers, with scores frequently in the mid-90s. Wine Enthusiast awarded it a 94, noting its current firmness and potential for development: "It has the weight to develop well along with richness. Acidity, sweet fruits and concentrated tannins will all come through strongly as the wine matures. Drink from 2020." (Wine Enthusiast, 5/1/2015).

James Suckling also rated it 94, highlighting the wine's aromatic intensity and refined tannins: "This red shows intense blackberries, raspberries and strawberries on the nose, following through to a full body with refined yet firm tannins, fresh acidity and a delicate finish. The purity of fruit and finesse and texture of the tannins are all fantastic. Drink in 2019." (James Suckling, 2/11/2015).

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate mirrored this score, commending its structure and balance: "It has a very intense bouquet with scents of blackberry, bilberry, cedar and a touch of pencil lead... certainly one of the most structured Pessac-Léognan wines that I have encountered." (Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, 7/29/2017).

Jeb Dunnuck compared the 2012 vintage favorably to other notable years, saying, "In the same ballpark quality-wise as the 2006, 2008, and 2014... It’s still youthful but drinking brilliantly. Enjoy bottles any time over the coming 15+ years." (Jeb Dunnuck, 10/19/2023).

Vinous offered a slightly lower score of 91, noting: "The palate is ripe and fleshy on the entry, powerful and quite dense, although it lacks the complexity of the de Fieuzal towards the finish." (Vinous, 9/27/2022).

Decanter gave it a 94, praising the wine's concentration and depth: "It’s full-bodied and suave, with a chocolate tone as well as an intense black-fruits character. It’s very concentrated and dense, with depth and weight, but no rusticity or excessive extraction." (Decanter, 10/9/2019).

Overall, the 2012 Haut Bailly is characterized by rich, dark fruit flavors, firm tannins, and a well-structured body. Its ability to age well is frequently noted, with most reviewers suggesting it will continue to develop over the next decade or more. The wine's complexity and balance make it a standout choice for those looking to invest in a high-quality Bordeaux blend.