June 2, 2020
Discover the Greatest Value in Grand Cru Classé Bordeaux? With A History Dating Back to the 1400s, it’s the Little Grand Vin That Once Commanded More Than Lafite, Latour, and Mouton.
If you want to fall in love with Bordeaux again or just discover its allure – it begins with Haut Bailly.
When Sergio and I first discussed offering Bordeaux into the IWM mix, we agreed that we wanted to bring Bordeaux outside of the Medoc to the forefront, and not just the top growths of the region. We wanted to share the smaller chateaux and properties of the Right Bank and Pessac-Leognan that are over-delivering and demand to be heard. In tasting thousands of glasses of Bordeaux from barrel over the past decade, the question that comes to mind when tasting the wines of the little Château Haut-Bailly, is there a better collector value in Grand Cru Classé Bordeaux? And in the celebrated 2019 vintage, it doesn’t end with the flagship Grand Vin, Haut Bailly, it starts with the Haut Bailly II (formerly La Parde de Haut Bailly) at $34.99.
This artisanal neighbor to the legendary Château Haut Brion offers a pedigree of over 500 years from the ancient gravelly soils and 120-year-old vines of Pessac-Léognan. Perched atop the gentle slopes of Bordeaux's historic Graves region, the estate is a stone’s throw from the heart of Bordeaux, where the property has a history dating back to 1461. In fact, in the early 1900s, the wines of Haut-Bailly demanded more than Lafite, Mouton, and Latour on restaurant wine lists around the world.
Well, the always accommodating and passionate Véronique Sanders sent us a barrel sample of her 2019 Haut Bailly and Haut Bailly II wines last week, and we can say firsthand few wines across the world, let alone Bordeaux, have so singularly stopped us in our tracks and left us speechless. The 2019 Haut Bailly literally makes you stop, stare into the glass, and slowly turn your head to your neighbor with a look of awe – no words need to be exchanged to express the brilliance of the wine. It captures what the vintage is all about, ripe, fleshy wines with freshness and depth that surpasses 2015 and 2018. We are not alone, Antonio Galloni echoes our opinion stating “…easily one of the highlights of the vintage,” and Neal Martin concludes, the “terroir expressive Haut-Bailly that has an effortless allure and a sense of sophistication. Wonderful.”
Our opinion is a bit stronger, if you have to buy one wine from the vintage it is Haut Bailly. It was Robert Parker who first stated, “they are pushing this outstanding terroir to first-growth quality levels,” and he was not far off. Today, Haut Bailly is truly one of Bordeaux’s historic rising stars recapturing the glories of their past, and few clarets are as difficult to restock. When you consider that the 2019 Château Haut Brion commands $400+ and you compare the nearby 2019 Château Haut Bailly at $94.99 you do begin to realize the extraordinary value this artisanal Château delivers. There is a reason this wine commanded as much as Latour….discover it for yourself.
And what we appreciate from this outstanding property, there is something extraordinary for all to enjoy, as the Haut Bailly II is available under $35. For those that know the insider favorite and phantom-like 2009 La Parde Haut Bailly, the 2019 surpasses it.
Featured Debut: IWM's Recommendation from 2019 Bordeaux (Click to Order)
Note: More sizes 1.5L, 3.0L, 6.0L available on request. Please note, for 2019 En Primeur selections, the wines will arrive by the end of 2022. As such, should tariffs exist at the time, the purchaser of the wines will be responsible for these additional tariffs at the time of importation. All wines subject to confirmation.
ADDITIONAL NOTES AND REVIEWS:
2019 Château Haut Bailly
Christopher Deas, Italian Wine Merchants: “A blend of 56% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc, 4% Petit Verdot. This is a wine that single-handedly gets you excited about buying en primeur and the 2019 vintage. With a history dating back to 1400s, this historic rising star has truly recaptured its former glories of the early 1900s and is once again one of the great collector values in all of Bordeaux. This unique tasting from barrel was simply stunning – we are talking awesome texture, purity of fruit, depth and sophistication. From the glass the wine screams its terroir with notes of graphite and smoke as well as multiple layers of dark fruit. All these nuances transfer to the palate and you can expect crème de cassis, black berries, blueberries, black cherries, licorice, crushed flowers, pencil shavings, and gravel. If you have to buy one wine that sums of the vintage, this is it. And if you want a taste of what the estate is all about, I highly recommend the Haut Bailly II at $34.99 - it certainly the greatest value from Pessac-Leognan and the finest expression since the 2009.”
96-98 Points, Neal Martin, Vinous: "The 2019 Haut-Bailly was picked 23 September to 10 October. After 10-15 minutes in the glass the wine gradually unfurls to reveal beautiful red berry fruit, crushed stone, wilted rose petals and faint hints of blueberry. The palate is quite brilliantly balanced, the tannins extremely fine and framing the slightly earthy black fruit laced with salt. Though Véronique Sanders suggests that it bears a semblance to the 2009 with more depth, I cannot see that verisimilitude. To me, it is a less flamboyant and more terroir expressive Haut-Bailly that has an effortless allure and a sense of sophistication. Wonderful."
2019 Château Haut Bailly II (formerly La Parde de Haut Bailly)
92-94 Points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous: “The 2019 Haut-Bailly II is a very serious second wine. Big, potent tannis give the 2019 much of its somber, brooding personality. Black cherry, graphite, licorice, cloves and new leather infuse the 2019 with tremendous complexity. Readers should be prepared to cellar the 2019 for at least a few years. If this tasting is any indication, it is a real powerhouse with quite a bit of cellaring potential.”
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All my best,