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2016 Château Haut-Bailly

Pessac-Léognan
(OWC)

This is a Bordeaux future; earliest anticipated arrival is Fall 2019. help
 
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PRICE:
$978.00 per Imperial (6L)

SIZE:
6L imp

AVAILABLE:
2 Imperials (6L)

 

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TASTING NOTES

"This young wine shows such pinpoint precision with a full body, dense fruit and gorgeous intensity. Muscular yet toned and beautiful. It really builds on the finish. Very fine-grained. So long and beautiful. Sophisticated power. Oyster shell and iodine undertones. Traditional style yet with a modern interpretation. Savory." JamesSuckling.com
(JS, 04/04/2017)

Rating: 98-99


"The 2016 Haut Bailly is a blend of 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot and 3% Cabernet Franc picked between 26 September until 18 October. Coming in with 13.6% alcohol and an IPT of 81, which is quite close to 2010, this was quite closed at first and so I allowed my sample 15-20 minutes to open while discussing the vintage with Véronique Sanders and technical manager, Gabriel Vialard. It has a classic bouquet that is certainly less opulent and extravagant than recent vintages. This is more controlled and focused, beautifully delineated with blackberry, cedar and Earl Grey aromas that gently waft from the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with very fine-grain tannin, sappy with superb delineation and real weight and presence in the mouth. There is just the right amount of spice and salinity, the latter beckoning you back for another sip and there is a haunting pencil lead note that forms the closing credits on the aftertaste. What a brilliant Haut-Bailly, perhaps the best that I have tasted in almost 20 years of tasting at this estate." Neal Martin, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate #230
(WA, 04/28/2017)

Rating: 96-98
Drink from: 2024-2060


"The 2016 Haut-Bailly is a huge, powerful wine that explodes in all directions. Black cherry, smoke, tobacco, licorice, menthol, incense and gravel are all pushed forward, but it is the wine's volume and pure intensity that stand out most. Readers will have to be patient, as the 2016 is likely to be a slow-maturing wine, but even today the phenomenal finish is a marvel. The 2016 is a great Haut-Bailly in the making. It will reward several decades of cellaring." Antonio Galloni, Vinous.com
(AG, 04/01/2017)

Rating: 94-97+


"Fine and perfumed, this smells exquisite, a subtle black fruit and mineral; perfectly balanced, supple, subtle, fresh, and particularly finely tannic; sweet, fresh, pure, complex, and racy to taste, a ripe black fruit of great delicacy with subtle underlying mineral aromas, and exceptional length across the palate. This has the best of 2016’s particularly fine, soft, caressing tannins, and great, gentle, perfumed length. Not a particularly “big” wine, but one of marked race and refinement and breed. A great Haut-Bailly." Michael Schuster, The World of Fine Wine, Issue 56
(WFW, 04/01/2017)

Rating: 93-95
Drink from: 2026-2040+


"Rather floral nose. Ripe and broad. Quite chewy and structured. Cool and pretty dry. Pretty chewy! Lots of dynamism." JancisRobinson.com
(JR, 04/21/2017)

Rating: 17
Drink from: 2025-2040


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