2016 Haut Bailly Bordeaux Blend

Bordeaux Blend - 6L
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JD 100 DC 98 JS 98 WA 98 JL 97 WE 97 VN 96 WS 95
JD 100

jebdunnuck.com, October 2023

I obviously underrated the 2016 Château Haut-Bailly on release, and it easily tops out my scale. A hypothetical blend of the 2009 and 2010, it has the opulence and sexiness of a ripe, sunny vintage (à la 2009) paired with...
DC 98

Decanter, July 2020

Still extremely knitted down, pretty closed at the four year point as you would expect in a vintage that has such walls, floors, ceiling and buttressing. The tannins are very much present but even now they are confident...
JS 98

jamessuckling.com, February 2019

Wonderful aromas of tobacco, sweet fruit and licorice follow through to a full body with ultra-fine tannins that caress every inch of your palate. Love the length and subtlety to this young wine. Gorgeous. Drink after 2024.
WA 98

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, December 2018

The 2016 Haut-Bailly is medium to deep garnet-purple in color. The nose opens with beautiful floral notes of violets and lavender accented with earthy notions and sparks of crushed rocks over a core of kirsch, cassis and...
JL 97

TheWineCellarInsider.com, February 2019

Dark in color, this is a beauty. The wine is a knock out from the first whiff of those, spicy, juicy, ripe, blackberries, plum and cherries that are merged with a nice, smoke, thyme and dark cocoa note. Full bodied...
WE 97

Wine Enthusiast, May 2019

From an always-impressive estate, this vintage is superb, offering big tannins plus but also generous black fruits and powerful ripeness. Dense and with a good structure for aging, the wine will develop slowly and will...
VN 96

Vinous, April 2022

(96+ points) The 2016 Haut-Bailly is brilliant on the nose with exquisite delineation and focus: blackberries, potpourri, crushed stone and hints of violet petal. This is utterly seductive. The palate is medium-bodied...
WS 95

Wine Spectator, March 2019

This is energetic and grippy, with tar and melted licorice notes wrapped around a core of bramble, red currant paste and black cherry preserve flavors. The tarry edge reemerges on the finish, working with a singed apple...


Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Pessac Leognan
Vintage 2016
Size 6L
Percent alcohol 13.5%
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 2016 Haut Bailly is a remarkable Bordeaux Blend that showcases the best of what the Pessac Leognan region in Bordeaux, France has to offer. With its medium to deep garnet-purple color, this wine is a stunner from the moment it pours into the glass. The nose is greeted with a beautiful bouquet of violets and lavender, which are complemented by earthy undertones and hints of crushed rocks. As the aromas unfold, notes of kirsch, cassis, and wild blueberries emerge, adding a touch of sweetness and complexity.

On the palate, the 2016 Haut Bailly is full-bodied, rich, and seductive. It tantalizes the taste buds with layers upon layers of red, black, and blue fruits, seamlessly intermingled with earth and mineral hints. The wine's texture is velvety and smooth, with well-integrated tannins that provide structure and balance. The finish is exceptionally long, leaving a lingering, perfumed sensation that is simply unforgettable.

Renowned wine critic Lisa Perrotti-Brown of Robert Parker's Wine Advocate awarded this wine an impressive score of 98 points. She describes it as having a "very long, perfumed finish" and praises its seductive nature. Neal Martin of Vinous also gives it a high score of 96 points, noting its "exquisite delineation and focus" and comparing it to wines from the esteemed Pauillac region.

James Suckling, another influential wine critic, is enamored by the 2016 Haut Bailly, awarding it a score of 98 points. He highlights its wonderful aromas of tobacco, sweet fruit, and licorice, as well as its ultra-fine tannins that caress the palate. Wine Enthusiast, Jeb Dunnuck, Jeff Leve, Wine Spectator, and Decanter all contribute glowing reviews, praising the wine's power, structure, and potential for aging.

With an alcohol percentage of 13.5%, this wine is well-balanced and offers a harmonious drinking experience. It is recommended to cellar this wine for several more years to allow it to soften and fully reach its potential. However, for those who cannot resist temptation, it can be enjoyed after 2024. The 2016 Haut Bailly is a wine that promises greatness and is sure to leave a lasting impression on any wine enthusiast lucky enough to experience it.