2010 Haut-Bailly, Pessac-Léognan (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1066955 98 points James Suckling

 Great aromas of crushed blackberries with flowers and stones that follow through to a full body, with super silky tannins and a long, long finish. It fills your mouth with beautiful fruit and velvety tannins yet shows tension and form. This lasts for minutes on the palate. Structured and superb. Don't touch until 2020.  (2/ 2013)

98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Deep plum/purple, Haut-Bailly’s 2010 required some coaxing to appreciate its subtle notes of barbecue smoke, lead pencil shavings and creme de cassis as well as its touches of pomegranate and forest floor. The oak is pushed far into the background and the tannins are extremely silky, but the intensity of the wine is profound and the finish lingers for close to 55 seconds. This wine is ripe yet delicate, powerful yet stylish, and essentially resembles a remarkable fashion design from a house of haute couture. This wine needs a good 7-8 years of bottle age and should keep for 40-50+ years.  (2/ 2013)

95 points Wine Enthusiast

 *Cellar Selection* A powerful and complex wine from an estate performing on its top form. Solid tannins, layers of wood and dark fruits combine to give a wine that offers both richness and a dense structure. This Haut-Bailly should age impressively and for many years.  (3/ 2013)

95 points Wine Spectator

 Chewy and brambly, but integrated, this carries a very hefty core of espresso, ganache, mulled plum and blackberry fruit. The purity starts to shine through on the finish, which drips with cassis and is threaded with a long warm paving stone note. Tight and backward today, this extremely well-built wine will need substantial cellaring. Best from 2018 through 2035.  (3/ 2013)

Jancis Robinson

 Complex nose: that leafy perfume that I love in Pessac but also a savoury dark, almost tarry note. Not overripe. Tannins are very present but supple and fine and dry, allowing the dark, lively but not at all ostentatious fruit to peak through. Dark and dry and promising on the finish. 18/20 points.  (4/ 2012)

K&L Notes

62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc.

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By: Ralph Sands |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 2/5/2013  | Send Email
Superb, concentrated and precise. **

By: Jeff Garneau |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 2/4/2013  | Send Email
A veritable maestro of a wine, deftly bringing together all of the powerful, disparate elements of the vintage in perfect harmony to produce a great red. Classic minerality. Ripe, sweet red fruits. Very bright and fresh in character. Terrific length and concentration. A supremely polished effort, and my pick for one of the wines of the vintage.

By: Clyde Beffa Jr. |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 2/4/2013  | Send Email
Wow, this wine is so elegant and seamless, but with lots of power behind it. One of the 2010s where the fruit covers the tannins.

By: Mulan Chan-Randel |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 5/13/2011  | Send Email
Along with the beautiful fruit nuances that seem to be evident throughout this vintage, this wine displays more grounded notes of tobacco, damp earth and black tea. Full, ripe tannins place this Pessac clearly at the other end of the tasting spectrum from the more elegant 2010 Margaux (note: Angludet, Malescot) but I find it to be delicious.

By: Steve Greer |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 5/13/2011  | Send Email
Minerals and pure red fruits. Balanced structure. Fantastic.

By: Alex Pross |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 5/13/2011  | Send Email
A must buy! After the duo from Haut-Brion, Haut-Bailly may be the top performer in Pessac, producing wines with a very singular feel. Layers of supple red fruit intermingle with sandalwood accents from oak barrels.

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Varietal:

Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.
Country:

France

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Sub-Region:

Bordeaux

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Specific Appellation:

Pessac-Leognan/Graves

- Graves is the large red and white wine region located to the southeast of the city of Bordeaux along the Garonne River. Cabernet Sauvignon dominates the red wines from the area, while the whites are mixtures of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon. The most important area within the Graves is the village of Pessac-Leognan. Most of the great chateaux, including Haut Brion, a premier cru and the only wine outside of the Medoc to be included in the 1855 Classification, are located in this small appellation. Graves derives its name from the rocky, stony terrain of the region. Many people believe that the stony soil radiates the day's heat at night and thus makes the grapes ripen earlier than the other regions in Bordeaux.