1996 Haut-Bailly, Pessac-Léognan
Shows wonderful berry, tobacco and vanilla character, is full- to medium-bodied, with velvety tannins and a mineral, spice aftertaste. Next to Haut-Brion, this is the wine from Pessac. (JS)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Deeper red-ruby. Quite withdrawn on the nose today; hints at roasted plum and Cuban cigar tobacco. Intensely flavored but firm and tight; sound acids and a solid tannic spine make this difficult to taste today. Finishes with a minty nuance. "In a period of somnolence," says Veronique Sanders. (ST)
This big wine will reward the patient collector. Since 1982 Haut-Bailly has been making outstanding wines and the 1996 is no exception. The vintage has a little added muscle, but is still characteristically elegant.