2010 Haut-Bailly, Pessac-Léognan (Pre-Arrival, Elsewhere $225)

SKU #1066955 100 points Decanter

Outer quote mark As ever when tasting the two together, the striking thing is the difference in character rather than quality between 2009 and 2010. This is tighter, more structured in its concentration, more broad shouldered, but still intensely impressive and full of pleasure. Neither are ready to go yet, but this feels like it will last longer, and feels extremely Haut-Bailly in spirit, with an elegant but complex personality, and a grip that doesn't make a big deal of its power but refuses to give up. Blackberry, bilberry, black chocolate and pencil. (JA) Inner quote mark (7/2020)

98 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark 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. Inner quote mark (2/2013)

98 points Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark 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. (RP) Inner quote mark (7/2017)

96 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2010 Haut-Bailly has an outstanding bouquet with intense blackberry, briary, crushed stone and subtle violet scents, more backwards and more precise than the previous vintage. The palate is medium-bodied with grainy tannins and firm grip. Layers of tar and tobacco are infused with black fruit and a touch of liquorice on the finish. This is a Haut-Bailly on another level from previous vintages that will age with style. Superb. Tasted at the Haut-Bailly vertical at the château. (NM) Inner quote mark (6/2021)

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark A standout in the line-up. Plenty of ‘wow’ here. Deeper colour and even more depth than 2009. Intense and packed with fruit. Very cassis, even liqueur de cassis. Layers of fruit again on the palate. Powerful and large-scale for Haut-Bailly but the plentiful tannins are finely honed and everything is in balance. Cool menthol note on the finish. Clearly has the potential for long ageing. 18/20 points (JL) Inner quote mark (7/2020)

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By: Alex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/9/2022 | Send Email
Ask any seasoned Bordeaux drinker about Pessac Leognan and the one thing that's sure to come up is the minerals. As mysterious and unbelievable as it is for the flavor of the gravelly soil and white quartz to travel through the roots and the veins into the grapes, I beseech you to smell this wine. Yes, it has the dark currants, the potent violets, licorice and smoke of great Cabernet Sauvignon, but it also has an unmistakable and unique stony earthy aroma that is totally complementary to every other flavor present. It has an incredible balance that seems to highlight every corner and nuance of the wine, with nothing overpowering anything else. This is a testament to the unmatchable terroir of this top Pessac Leognan property.

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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