Chateau Haut Bailly Pessac Leognan [Pre-arrival] 2015
A historic estate in Pessac-Léognan that eventually came into the hands of our very own Robert Wilmers. His son Chris has since taken over, continuing to elevate their wines to the upper echelons of Bordeaux producers. Even as a young wine, the 2015 vintage is already showing beautifully refined aromas and flavors such as dark red fruits with silky tannins. Produced sustainably and one of our favorite Bordeaux producers.
JS98: This is an incredible young red with precision and focus that is second to almost none. Full body with a ultra-fine tannin drive that is seamless as it is endless. It ends with such power. Try in 2024 but already impressive to taste.
JD98+: The 2015 Haut Bailly checks in as a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot and 4% Petit Verdot that comes from the gravelly soils of the Graves region, just southeast of Bordeaux. It’s an incredibly beautiful, classy 2015 that offers a sexy bouquet of crème de cassis, lead pencil shavings, tobacco leaf, and exotic spices. Deep, full-bodied, and voluptuously textured, with ultra-fine tannin and building richness that never takes away from its incredible elegance and purity, it’s another heavenly 2015 that’s going to benefit from 4-5 years of bottle age and just sing for 2-3 decades. Hats off to winemaker Véronique Sanders – this might end up rivaling the out of this world 2009.
WA97+: Composed of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot and 4% Petit Verdot, the deep garnet-purple colored 2015 Haut-Bailly offers up a tantalizingly savory nose of smoked meats, chargrill, tapenade, unsmoked cigars and black truffles with a core of black currants, black cherries and wild blueberries plus wafts of iron ore and bouquet garni. Medium to full-bodied, very firm and yet wonderfully plush with a powerful core of fruit—this vintage is truly an iron fist in a velvet glove. The finish goes on and on with persistent earthy/minerally notes and savory/sweet fruit. Although it is tempting and indeed delicious right now, the wine still possesses many restrained layers and should handsomely reward the patient.
Château Haut-Bailly sits in a 74-acre vineyard at the heart of the Graves region. Under the new leadership of Robert Wilmers and the management of Veronique Sanders, Chateau Haut-Bailly develops wines in a distinctive style that combines classicism with modernity. Pessac-Leognan is the third wine of the estate. Its accessible and can be enjoyed young. A lush, energetic left bank blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.