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Wine Critic
98 / 100
James Suckling
98 / 100
Wine Independent
98 / 100
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Chateau Haut-Bailly Pessac-Léognan (6 bottle OWC) FUTURES 2023 pre-arrival

France - Bordeaux - Pessac-Léognan - Red
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Chateau Haut-Bailly Pessac-Léognan (6 bottle OWC) FUTURES 2023 pre-arrival ETA summer 2026

Expert tasting note:

"The wine is a deep, dark, not quite opaque purple-ruby color. The aromas are initially quite closed, but eventually yield lovely lifted cassis & redcurrant perfume. The palate has a good freshness & shows an excellent concentration of refined dark-plum fruit. The fine tannins give a touch of grip. The wine is of mid-weight with balanced alcohol. The long, structured finish combines graphite touches with dark red-plum fruit. A very polished wine." - 04/24 (ep) DCAMW

Critics' Reviews:

- James Suckling: 98

  "I am thinking about the purity of fruit here, with blackcurrants, cassis and lead pencil. There's an underlying character of mineral and flint. The palate is dense, focused and precise, with very fine tannins that are ultra-fine and layered and go vertically down the palate. Everything is in the right place. So much polish and a svelte nature. Then hints of hazelnut and walnut to the refined texture. Sophisticated. 58% cabernet sauvignon, 34% merlot, 4% cabernet franc and 4% petit verdot."

- The Wine Independent: 98

  "A blend of 58% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc, and 4% Petit Verdot, the 2023 Haut-Bailly has a pH of 3.75. It is deep garnet-purple in color and it waltzes out with showy scents of boysenberry preserves, stewed plums, and fruit cake, followed by underlying suggestions of Indian spices, menthol, graphite, and lavender, with a hint of cardamom. The full-bodied palate is rich and seductively plush, with layers of black fruits and exotic spices, plus mint and floral sparks, finishing long and fragrant. It is so graceful and opulent!" (LPB)

- Vinous: 96-98

  "The 2023 Haut-Bailly was picked from September 11 to 29 at 40.5hL/ha. It is being raised in 50% new oak for a planned 14 months, plus another three in vats. Véronique Sanders told me that there is 6% vin de presse in the blend this year. This has a beguiling bouquet that instantly switches on a metaphorical neon sign that announces you are in the presence of a very serious wine. Extremely pure and delineated, the nose presents aromas of blackberry mixed with wild strawberry, cedar and light sous-bois. It's much more classical in style compared to the 2022. The palate is medium-bodied with fine-grained tannins that frame the blackberry, raspberry, cedar and graphite-infused fruit. It boasts more grip and persistency on the finish than its peers, with a residual subtle pinch of black pepper. This ranks as one of the standout wines in Pessac-Léognan, perhaps in Bordeaux itself. Outstanding." (NM)