2012 Haut Bailly Bordeaux Blend

Bordeaux Blend - 750ML
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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...


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 red wine hailing from the prestigious Pessac Leognan sub-region in Bordeaux, France. With its deep red color and enticing aromas, this wine is a true gem for any wine enthusiast.

Upon pouring, the wine reveals itself with a captivating bouquet of blackberry, bilberry, and cedar, followed by a touch of pencil lead. The nose is intense and well-defined, showcasing the wine's complexity and depth.

On the palate, the 2012 Haut Bailly is medium-bodied and exhibits a firm structure with concentrated tannins. The weight of the wine is balanced by its acidity, creating a harmonious and well-rounded mouthfeel. The flavors of macerated black currant, fig, and boysenberry dominate the palate, supported by a backbone of muscular brambly structure.

This vintage of Haut Bailly is known for its potential to age gracefully. Although still young, it already displays remarkable finesse and purity of fruit. The tannins are refined and firm, promising a delicate and lingering finish.

Expert reviewers have praised the 2012 Haut Bailly for its exceptional quality. Wine Spectator awarded it a score of 93, noting its well-stuffed and muscular structure. Wine Enthusiast gave it a score of 94, highlighting its firmness and richness. James Suckling also awarded it a score of 94, praising its intense fruit aromas and refined tannins.

The 2012 Haut Bailly is a wine that demands patience and careful cellaring. Best enjoyed from 2018 through 2027, it will continue to evolve and develop with time. This wine is a testament to the expertise and dedication of the Haut Bailly winery, and it promises to be a remarkable addition to any wine collection.