Château Haut-Bailly Pessac-Léognan Pre-Arrival 2012
HIGHEST RATED, 98 Points, Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate: “The 2012 Haut Brion (65% Merlot, 33% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Cabernet Franc) is certainly one of the candidates for the wine of the vintage, with a dense purple color, classic nose of crushed rock, lead pencil shavings, black raspberry, blueberry and flowers. The wine shows subtle barbecue smoke notes in the background, but is full-bodied, stunningly concentrated and builds incrementally, yet finishes with luxurious, almost extravagant amounts of fruit and intensity. From only 46% of the production, this is an absolutely remarkable effort from the Dillon family and their winemaking team of the two Jean-Philippes. Drink it over the next 30-40 years.” "Amazing aromas of wet stones, earth, currants and berries. Subtle and complex. Full body and a beautiful core of ripe fruit on the palate and the finish. Round, light, chewy tannins. Needs at least four or five years to open. This is the most merlot ever in Haut-Brion. Rich too. One of the wines of the vintage. 65.5% merlot, 32.5% cabernet sauvignon and 25 cabernet franc. Better in 2020...96" JS 02/15 "Barrel sample. A beautifully ripe wine that’s very dense in its character. The wine is generous and rich, while also structured. It already has delicious black plum fruit and velvet tannins. A wonderful, opulent wine that’s packed with full-throated Merlot...96-98" WE 4/13
External Reviews for Château Haut-Bailly Pessac-Léognan Pre-Arrival
Lovely purple color. Fruity and fresh nose of a ripe type that also offers a honey characteristic. On the palate the wine appears dense and slightly rustic while it has some fat. The finish is of good length and marked by the wood at this time. Barrel ageing will tell more about it. Jean-Marc Quarin - www.quarin.com
Offers the racy, taut edge of the vintage, but shows slightly better flesh than its La Chapelle counterpart. In the end, this offers a nice briary edge to its range of red and blue fruits, with a lively iron note on the finish. Tasted non-blind.-J.M. Wine Spectator. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 2011 Le Clarence de Haut Brion 750ml
52% merlot, 36% cabernet sauvignon, 10% cabernet franc, and 2% petit verdot. Alcohol of 14.4%. A very perfumed nose of spice, vanilla, red licorice, and blue fruits lead to a rich, balanced palate full of fresh fruit. Very taut at this stage, the tan... Cory Gowan. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 2010 Le Clarence de Haut Brion 6000ml
This is juicy and still compact, with a big core of plum sauce, pastis and graphite, followed by lots of kirsch and sweet spice on the finish. Still needs to unwind. Tasted non-blind. -J.M. Wine Spectator. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 2010 Le Clarence de Haut Brion 6000ml
Dark in structure with a sense of austerity and dark tannins this is a wine that will need time to develop. Theres a hint of tobacco and ripe plum on the palate and the aftertaste promises juiciness. Wine Enthusiast.
Ripe and concentrated this shows all the opulence for which La Mission Haut-Brion is famed. It s dark intense and packed with rich Merlot. Wine Enthusiast.
A prodigious blend of 55% Sauvignon Blanc and 45% Semillon the 2012 Haut-Brion blanc is the Montrachet of Bordeaux. Incredible notes of crushed rocks spring flowers lemon butter tangerine oil honeysuckle and candle wax soar from the glass of this full-bodied white. It totally hides any evidence of being aged in 100% new oak. Sadly there are fewer than 800 cases of this fabulous Pessac-Leognan. It should age well for a half century. Bravo! Robert Parkers Wine Advocate.
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