2019 Château Haut-Bailly Haut-Bailly II
Haut Bailly's second wine (the La Parde de Haut-Bailly) was renamed Haut-Bailly II in 2018, reflecting its grand vin. This new label and 2nd wine, of course, differs from that of its older brother in the absence of the mention "Chateau", and restores the dot - touch of modernity - that existed on the labels of Haut-Bailly until 1985. The red touch, matching the capsule, is synonymous with energy and discreet elegance.
The blend is a composition of much marked with freshness and fruit, built on a soft, elegant structure. Haut-Bailly II reflects the virtues of the grand vin and can be drunk young, although it also has good aging potential.
Haut-Bailly II is composed of 40% Cabernet Sauvignon and 60% Merlot. The 2019 Haut-Bailly II was harvested from September 23 to October 10. Medium to deep garnet purple in colour, the nose is already wonderfully progressive and harmonious, with bright black cherry, preserved blackberry and wild blueberry scents plus hints of lavender, tilled soil and unsmoked cigars. Medium to full-bodied, the palate has a solid base of firm tannins and a lot of freshness that supports the muscular, mouth-covering black and blue fruit, with a fruity finish.
Antonio Galloni 92-94/100 “The 2019 Haut-Bailly II is a very serious second wine. Big, potent tannis give the 2019 much of its gloomy, brooding personality. Black cherry, graphite, licorice, cloves and new leather infuse the 2019 with tremendous complexity. Readers should be prepared to cellar the 2019 for at least a few years. If this tasting is any indication, it is a real powerhouse with quite a bit of cellaring potential”.
Soil research experts have found that Château Haut-Bailly has one of the finest terroirs in the Pessac-Léognan. Great wines are created by the interplay between soil, location, climate and people. The wines have always been good, but have increased even more in quality in recent years. Haut-Bailly is known for its softness and silky texture. The wine has incredible potential for refined tannins and softly sweet, complex fruit nuances.
The vineyard is managed according to strict traditions and chemical herbicides are never used. Spraying is carefully limited, the soil is plowed and weeded with hoes, and the grapes are picked entirely by hand. The vinification takes place in a fermentation chamber with 26 thermo-regulated cement tanks of different sizes (ranging from 30 to 120 hectoliters). These specially adapted barrels ensure that the grapes, grown in different parts of the vineyard, are kept completely separate from the moment they are picked until the vinification.
The winemaking process takes place in cement tanks, while blending is done in stainless steel tanks - a great example of how tradition and modernity go hand in hand at Château Haut-Bailly. Alcoholic fermentation lasts eight to ten days and is followed by maceration. This process takes about three weeks during which the wine never overheats. In this way, a perfectly balanced wine is achieved.
|Type of Wine||Red|
|Winery||Château Haut Bailly|
|Grape||Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot|
|Drinking as of||2023|
|Tasting Profiles||Earthy, Complex, Dark fruit, Dry, Aged on wood, Powerful, Mineral, Tannines|
|Drink moments||Indruk maken, Lekker luxe, Open haard|