2014 Pessac-Léognan de Haut Bailly, Pessac-Leognan

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Château Haut-Bailly can trace its origins back to the 16th century, but it’s been managed by a member of the Sanders family since the Belgian merchant Daniel Sanders bought the property in 1955 and began to restore the quality and reputation of the wine. Today it’s managed by his granddaughter Veronique Sanders who has put together an outstanding cuvee under the property's third label: the Pessac-Léognan de Haut Bailly. While 2014 was a difficult vintage, this wine is a shining star; especially considering the price and the quality of the vineyards involved. There's fabulous minerality on the nose and palate with just enough fruit to balance out the gravel notes that make the Graves what it is. The finish offers a hint of plum and dark berries with fine tannins and integrated structure. The Pessac is a great wine to drink now while you're waiting for your estate Haut Bailly to age. A sleeper hit from one of Bordeaux's finest properties.

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Staff Image By: David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/27/2016 | Send Email
As a somewhat value-driven Bordeaux drinker, I'm always on the hunt for two things: second and third wines from major chateaux, and the "off" vintages. 2014 was a perfectly respectable harvest for many properties, but it gets lost between the talk of 2009, 2010, and 2015. That's precisely the reason, however, that this sleeper from Haut Bailly is only $19.99. It's charming wine, full of delicate fruit and classic Graves minerality that purists like myself are smitten with. Decant this, cook yourself a steak, and know that you just came up on a hot deal. This is textbook claret from Pessac Leognan.

Staff Image By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/23/2016 | Send Email
This is the third wine of Chateau Haut-Bailly and the pedigree shines through even at the very affordable price. Bright and crunchy currants, earth tones and intense mineral notes enhance the length on the sophisticated palate. The gravely finish of cocoa and chalk is long and lingering.

Staff Image By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/17/2016 | Send Email
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Their first release of this third wine. And what a bargain it is. The nose is incredible with so much wet stone minerality. The blueberry fruit flavors are framed by brisk acidity and rounded tannins. A bit young to drink now-cellar it a year or so. These 14s are quite good and very reasonably priced. One of the first to arrive in the house-a good omen of what is to come. If you like the earthiness of this region-this is a must try.
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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.


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- 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.