2015 Pessac-Léognan de Haut Bailly, Pessac-Leognan

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Staff Image By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/13/2017 | Send Email
This rarely seen third wine of Chateau Haut-Bailly will surprise you with its depth and power. Punching way above its third wine stature, this is dark, deep and, although a bit primary at this point still quite hearty. The crunchy and tongue staining black currant fruit barely hides the rough and tumble tannins so until this settles down best to match to grilled meats. Decanting suggested.

Staff Image By: Alex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/31/2017 | Send Email
The ‘15s are trickling in and Haut Bailly’s third label from the vintage is one of the best deals in the store right now! The wonderful ripeness is on display with rich red fruit like black cherries, ripe strawberries and cranberries, with nuanced flavors of violets, aged leather and licorice as well. It has great tannins for structure and the perfect level of acidity to contrast the fruit. This is the best you can do for red wine under $20!

Staff Image By: Jeff Garneau | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/31/2017 | Send Email
The third label from cru classé Chateau Haut-Bailly in Pessac-Léognan sourced mostly from younger vines on the estate. A clear example that the least of the wines from this remarkable property are often better than many others’ best efforts. A very polished wine with lovely weight and ripeness, smooth and round, with fine tannins. Surprisingly approachable now, this will no doubt continue to develop over the next few years. Terrific value here.

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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.


- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.


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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.