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Château Haut-Bailly Pessac-Léognan Pre-Arrival 2012

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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

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Château Haut-Bailly:
Chateau Haut-Bailly is situated on the left bank of the River Garonne, south of Bordeaux  in the commune of  Pessac-Léognan –  home to all the Graves Crus Classés. A vineyard with 30 hectares (74 acres) of planted vines on one piece of  land, it sits on a high ridge overlooking a small winding road leading from Leognan to Cadaujac. The sloping terrain ... Read more
Chateau Haut-Bailly is situated on the left bank of the River Garonne, south of Bordeaux  in the commune of  Pessac-Léognan –  home to all the Graves Crus Classés. A vineyard with 30 hectares (74 acres) of planted vines on one piece of  land, it sits on a high ridge overlooking a small winding road leading from Leognan to Cadaujac. The sloping terrain is well-graded and has excellent drainage. If great wine results from a harmonious relationship between man, the vine, and nature – a concept the French call terroir – the most subtle of these three elements is the soil. At Haut-Bailly, it is sandy, mixed with gravel, and rests on a subsoil of sandstone petrified with the remains of prehistoric fossil shells. All this contributes to the special character of Haut-Bailly wine. Read less

External Reviews for Château Haut-Bailly Pessac-Léognan Pre-Arrival

External Review
Source: AOC Fine Wines
05/06/2010

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


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
03/07/2013

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


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
05/16/2012

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


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
03/01/2013

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


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
11/14/2013

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.


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
11/14/2013

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.


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
11/14/2013

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.


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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

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