2021 Haut Bailly Bordeaux Blend

Bordeaux Blend - 750ML
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WE 97 JS 96 JA 96 VN 96 DC 95 JL 95 WA 94 JD 93
WE 97

Wine Enthusiast, June 2022

(WE 95–97 points) This is a very aromatic, precise wine. Ripe fruits and density are balanced by the wine's freshness and acidity. It has structure that brings out creamy tannins to balance the succulent black fruit...
JS 96

jamessuckling.com, May 2022

(JS 95-96 points) Lots of graphite and crushed-stone character with redcurrants and pine needles. Medium body with silky and layered tannins. Pretty balance and elegance. 65% cabernet sauvignon, 22% merlot, 10% petit...
JA 96

janeanson.com, January 2024

If you had to pick an estate in Bordeaux that can rise to the challenge of a cool vintage, Haut-Bailly would have to be on the shortlist, and you can see the precision that they are able to craft here. In bottle it...
VN 96

Vinous, February 2024

The 2021 Haut-Bailly is incredibly poised, even if it is clearly a wine of reserve in this vintage. Its vertical build speaks of pure sophistication. Time in the glass brings out hints of dried herbs, menthol, licorice...
DC 95

Decanter, April 2022

Seductive blackcurrant and juniper with purple floral touches on the nose. Smooth texture with high acidity giving sharp strawberry fruit balanced by both savoury and mineral touches - slate, crushed stone, smoke, violets...
JL 95

TheWineCellarInsider.com, March 2024

Dark garnet in color, the wine is equally dark aromatically with its nuances of smoky black cherries, blackberries, cocoa, cigar box, flowers and black plums. On the palate, the wine is focused on its chewy, black...
WA 94

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, February 2024

The 2021 Haut-Bailly, a blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot, 10% Petit Verdot and 3% Cabernet Franc, reveals a complex, brooding bouquet with aromas of blackcurrant, spices, plums, spring flowers and smoke. Medium...
JD 93

jebdunnuck.com, April 2024

The 2021 Château Haut-Bailly is a beautiful, elegant wine that's very much in the style of the estate with its charming, supple, seamless profile. Red and black currants, smoke tobacco, spice, and subtle flower nuances...


Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Pessac Leognan
Vintage 2021
Size 750ML
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 2021 Haut Bailly is a Bordeaux Blend from the prestigious Pessac Leognan sub-region of Bordeaux, France. This red wine is a prime example of the elegance and sophistication that Haut Bailly is known for. With a deep, garnet color and a cork closure, this wine embodies tradition and craftsmanship.

Upon pouring, the aromas of dark berries and wild plums immediately captivate the senses. These fruity notes are accompanied by hints of sweet spices, loamy soil, raw cocoa, and violets, creating a complex and enticing bouquet. The nose of this wine is truly enchanting, drawing you in with its depth and allure.

On the palate, the 2021 Haut Bailly is medium to full-bodied, displaying a seamless and concentrated texture. The bright acids provide a refreshing lift, while the ultra-refined tannins add structure and finesse. The wine lingers on the palate with a long, penetrating finish, leaving a lasting impression.

This blend is composed of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot, 10% Petit Verdot, and 3% Cabernet Franc. Despite its quintessentially elegant and classically proportioned profile, this wine is impressively intensely flavored. It is a testament to the exceptional quality achieved with yields of only 19 hectoliters per hectare.

Renowned critics have given high praise to the 2021 Haut Bailly. Robert Parker's Wine Advocate awarded it 95 points, describing it as a "classic in the making" with intense flavors and a refined profile. Jane Anson compared it to the outstanding vintages of 1996 and 2000, highlighting its firm tannins and clear aging potential. Jeff Leve praised the wine's modern chic character, soft tannins, and pure fruit, while Jeb Dunnuck commended its elegance and balance.

With its exceptional quality and aging potential, the 2021 Haut Bailly is a wine that can be enjoyed now or cellared for further complexity. It is a true gem from one of Bordeaux's most revered producers.