Few wines can claim such precision and qualitative consistency. Among the greatest names of Bordeaux, the Grand Cru Classé de Graves Château Haut-Bailly is among those distinguished by their inimitable style, unique identity, reaching a peak of excellence vintage after vintage.
A vintage of contrasts and challenges, 2017 will be remembered by the emblematic Pessac-Léognan property for the perfectly executed work of the vineyard team and the brilliant Véronique Sanders. With its impressive brilliant, the Haut-Bailly 2017 is bright and elegant, powerful and refined, paying tribute to the signature style of the estate and offering a beautiful expression of this vintage.
The exceptional terroir with its gravel soil upon iron results in an intense and expressive bouquet. The vintage reveals a generous aromatic palette, with intoxicating scents of delicious black cherry and ripe plum. After swirling the wine, it reveals delicate dried flower fragrances, notes of sweet spice, like cinnamon and clove, along with smoky notes that recall the scents of a cigar box and the minerality of graphite. The attack is sumptuous, offering a pure and perfect texture with a tannic grain of exquisite finesse contributing to the voluptuous mouthfeel. Impressive in structure, this wine gains great power without losing any of its fineness, and unfolds into a long and persistent finish, preserving its aromatic freshness. Brilliant and precise, with a tannic frame that is both strong and soft, all the elements are in place for the Haut-Bailly 2017 to reveal the magnitude of its splendor, especially after several years of ageing.
The 2017 Haut-Bailly is composed of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 4% Petit Verdot. Very deep garnet-purple colored, it has a wonderfully spicy nose of cinnamon stick, cloves, anise and fenugreek with core of roses, warm blueberries, black forest cake and black raspberries plus hints of underbrush and iron ore. Medium to full-bodied with firm, ripe, grainy tannins, it has oodles of freshness and great finesse, continuing bright and energetic on the long, minerally finish.