2010 Chateau Haut-Bailly (Case of Six)

Year: 2010
Appellation: Pessac-Leognan
Country: France
Wine Advocate: 95-97
Vinous Media: 88-91?
Jeff Leve: 95-97
James Suckling: 95-96
Red Wine


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"Proprietor Robert Wilmers and general manager/winemaker Veronique Sanders have done an extraordinary job at this estate, which has now become one of the superstars of Bordeaux as recent vintages have admirably demonstrated. An opulently styled effort, the blue/purple-hued 2010 offers a sweet kiss of graphite, charcoal, black cherries, black currants and compelling forest floor-like notes. A seamless integration of acidity, tannin, alcohol and oak is found in this full-bodied yet delicate, precise 2010. There is plenty of tannin but it is well-hidden behind the extravagant quantity of fruit. Give it 5-7 years and drink it over the following 35-40 years." (WA)

"(64 % cabernet sauvignon with 30% merlot and 6% cabernet franc; 13.9 % alcohol) Inky-purple. Floral aromas of fresh blueberry, cassis and minerals complemented by allspice, sassafras and plenty of new oak. Dense and chewy on entry, then shows chunky, almost monolithic black fruit and herbal flavors. Although this gains sweetness and flesh with air, it remains somewhat tight and austere and finishes with mounting, grainy tannins. The persistent finish could use more acidity and less oak for better cut and clarity. Haut-Bailly is always one of the trickiest Bordeaux to judge when young, so it's entirely possible that this wine will blossom in the coming months in barrel. But although there is plenty of sweet fruit hiding beneath the glossy oak, it's presently tough going." (IWC)

"Haut Bailly From 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc, a blend similar to what they used in 2009, the 2010 vintage is the product of low yields. For a comparison, 2009 was 46 hectoliters per hectare. In 2010, due to the draught and problems with the Merlot flowering, yields were reduced to 37 hectares per hectoliter. Low yields and weather allowed the Pessac Leognan wine to reach 13.9 % alcohol, which is slightly higher than the 13.75 the property enjoyed in 2009.

Inky purple in color, with pungent aromas of smoke, licorice, truffle, spice, ash, tobacco and blackberry liqueur, the wine is concentrated, deep, rich and opulent in texture. With palate staining fruit, layers of ripe, velvety tannins and a long, pure, cassis and blackberry finish, this Bordeaux wine offers strong competition for the 2009. Veronique Sanders thinks the 2010 is a better wine. I am not sure I agree. But I do know, it’s going to be a lot of comparing 2010 with 2009, 2008, 2006 and 2005 over the next few decades." (JL)

"Wow. What a superb nose of blackberries, flowers and licorice. Full bodied, with a powerful palate of super rich fruit yet bright tannins and loads of blackberries and ctirus on the finish. This is really structural with amazing purity of fruit. It is so direct and powerful. Chic brick house of a wine. 62 Cabernet Sauvignon, 36 Merlot and 2 Cabernet Franc. $$" (JS)