Peter Maude Fine Wines

2023, Château Haut-Bailly, PESSAC-LÉOGNAN, Grand Cru Classé de Graves

$191 ex. GST
$219.65 inc. GST
Estimated full landed price – $238.68

Last Year EP $262.00-

This Pessac-Léognan property of 30 hectares is managed by Véronique Sanders. A new, state of the art winery has recently been completed.
The 2023 vintage is made from 58% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 4% Petit Verdot. Maturation in 50% new oak.

The 2023 Haut-Bailly has a beguiling bouquet that instantly switches on a metaphorical neon sign that announces you are in the presence of a very serious wine. Extremely pure and delineated, the nose presents aromas of blackberry mixed with wild strawberry, cedar and light sous-bois. It's much more classical in style compared to the 2022. The palate is medium-bodied with fine-grained tannins that frame the blackberry, raspberry, cedar and graphite-infused fruit. It boasts more grip and persistency on the finish than its peers, with a residual subtle pinch of black pepper. This ranks as one of the standout wines in Pessac-Léognan, perhaps in Bordeaux itself. Outstanding.
96-98 Neal Martin.

The 2023 Haut-Bailly is one of the most sensual, elegant wines I have tasted here. Soft, curvy and racy, the 2023 is impeccably balanced right out of the gate. Deceptively approachable and soft, the 2023 is much more about finesse than power. It’s a wine that represents the new spirit of Bordeaux—a wine that emphasises understatement and class. 2033 - 2063
94-96 Antonio Galloni, Vinous.

Inky plum colour, this is just so effortless, incredible savoury and moreish, salted cracker and cocoa bean, fine plentiful tannins, with plenty of hidden depths. Feels like a wine that you know you will be thrilled to be drinking in years to come. High floral aromatics unwind as you sit with the glass, showing purity of rose bud and liquorice, chalky tannins that are supple with finesse and grain.
97 Jane Anson.

I am thinking about the purity of fruit here, with blackcurrants, cassis and lead pencil. There's an underlying character of mineral and flint. The palate is dense, focused and precise, with very fine tannins that are ultra-fine and layered and go vertically down the palate. Everything is in the right place. So much polish and a svelte nature. Then hints of hazelnut and walnut to the refined texture. Sophisticated.
97-98 James Suckling.

The 2023 Haut-Bailly offers up aromas of mulberries, cassis, dark wild berries, pencil lead, liquorice and spices, followed by a medium to full-bodied, concentrated and rich palate that is both layered and seamless, its deep mid-palate animated by lively acids, concluding with long, mineral, penetrating finish.
94-96 Yohan Castaing, Wine Advocate.

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