2020 Haut Bailly Bordeaux Blend

Bordeaux Blend - 6L
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JS 100 JA 98 JL 98 WE 98 DC 97 VN 97 JD 96 WA 94
JS 100

jamessuckling.com, May 2021

(JS 99-100 points) This has incredible power and drive with blackberry, black olive and graphite. It’s full-bodied, yet dynamic and agile, with so much polished and muscular tannin. Yet, it remains in harmony and balance...
JA 98

janeanson.com, December 2022

Ruby violet colour, beautiful glass-staining purple; right up there among the best wines of the vintage. Serious structure and tannic architecture delivered with finesse. Plenty of estate signature also in its depth and...
JL 98

TheWineCellarInsider.com, March 2023

Initially, you find a display of flowers before moving on to all of its cigar wrapper, spice, blackberry, currant, black cherry, smoke and hints of forest leaf. Deeply concentrated, vibrant and refined, the palate is...
WE 98

Wine Enthusiast,

(96-98 points) Barrel Sample. This wine's texture is exceptional, with powerful dark fruits and rich tannins blending seamlessly. All this density is cut with the finest spice and fresh acidity. The result is a wine that...
DC 97

Decanter, January 2023

Almost wild on the nose, aromatic and expressive, you can tell this is a powerful, concentrated wine with dark fruits, graphite, fresh mint and medicinal herbal touches. Pure and focused, clean, lean and multifaceted, the...
VN 97

Vinous, February 2023

The 2020 Haut-Bailly has developed into an elegant, richly-textured wine with all its elements in balance. Classy and polished to the core, the 2020 is a Haut-Bailly that favors finesse over power. It's a wine of extreme...
JD 96

jebdunnuck.com, March 2023

The 2020 Château Haut-Bailly is a quintessential expression of this terroir and shines for its incredible purity, balance, and elegance. Revealing a ruby/purple hue as well as a terrific bouquet of ripe red and black...
WA 94

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, April 2023

(94+ points) The 2020 Haut-Bailly opens in the glass with attractive aromas of cassis, sweet berries, loamy soil, violets and pencil shavings. Medium to full-bodied, deep and layered, it's a concentrated, rather...


Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Pessac Leognan
Vintage 2020
Size 6L
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.

Introducing the exquisite 2020 Haut Bailly, a Bordeaux Blend that hails from the renowned Pessac Leognan sub-region of Bordeaux, France. This red wine is a true testament to the artistry and craftsmanship of the esteemed Haut Bailly winery. With its deep garnet color and captivating aromas, this wine is a sensory delight from the moment it graces your glass.

On the nose, the 2020 Haut Bailly enchants with a symphony of blackberry, black olive, and graphite notes. These aromas are the prelude to a truly remarkable experience. As you take your first sip, you'll be enraptured by the wine's full-bodied yet dynamic and agile nature. The polished and muscular tannins add a layer of complexity and texture, while maintaining a harmonious balance. This wine is truly a diabolical beauty, as described by the head of the chateau.

Composed of 52% cabernet sauvignon, 42% merlot, 3% cabernet franc, and 3% petit verdot, the 2020 Haut Bailly showcases the art of blending. Each varietal contributes its unique characteristics, resulting in a wine of exceptional depth and character. This vintage is a testament to Haut Bailly's commitment to excellence.

Renowned wine critics have also recognized the brilliance of the 2020 Haut Bailly. James Suckling awarded this wine an impressive 99-100 points, praising its power and drive. Robert Parker's Wine Advocate bestowed a score of 94 points, noting the wine's concentration and firm, powdery tannins. Jeff Leve awarded it 98 points, highlighting its vibrant and refined palate. Decanter was equally impressed, awarding it 97 points and praising its sleekness and seriousness.

With its exceptional texture, powerful dark fruits, and seamless integration of tannins, the 2020 Haut Bailly is a wine that will age gracefully for decades. It is a wine that demands patience and rewards those who wait. Whether enjoyed now or cellared for future enjoyment, this wine is a testament to Haut Bailly's unwavering commitment to producing wines of exceptional quality and elegance.

In conclusion, the 2020 Haut Bailly is a Bordeaux Blend that stands among the best wines of its vintage. Its depth, poise, and precision make it a true gem in the world of fine wines. Indulge in this remarkable creation and savor every moment of its diabolical beauty.