2015 Château Haut-Bailly Pessac-Léognan Wine Tasting Note


2015 Château Haut-Bailly  (Pessac-Léognan) 98

There is so much to like here starting with the vibrancy in the fruit, the length, purity and its array of notes in the perfume. Perfectly balanced, with layer after layer of sweet, ripe, silky juice, this is a stunner. However, this beauty demands cellaring. Give it until the wine hits 15 years of age and enjoy it for decades.

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Rich, powerful, deep and sensuous, the smoke, spicy red fruits, tar, tobacco and spice box aromatics are already delivering the goods. Concentrated, full bodied, rich, powerful, long and fresh, the tannins are silky and the wine lingers on your palate with its combination of sweet fruits and spice. Give this at least a decade, or even 12-15 years in the cellar.

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Close the same level of quality reached in 2009 and 2010, this is exciting to taste. Full bodied, deep, rich, powerful. The wine is equally silky, fresh, soft and complex. Out of the gate, the nose offers cedar, smoke, wet earth, tobacco leaf and a melange of dark, red fruits. There is intense, concentration, length and purity. Give this at least 1 decade in the bottle and enjoy it over the next 3 decades after that.

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Not quite at the level of the 2009 and 2010, but not too far from that plateau either. This is at top for the level of quality coming out of Haut Bailly these days. Deep in color, the wine is intense, there is a wall of truffle, smoke and blackberries with cigar box overtones that grab you. Full bodied and deep, with a lot of flavor and intensity, this is a solid wine that I cannot wait to taste in bottle.

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Rounder and with more flesh than when last tasted, the smoky, luscious blackberries, boysenberry, cigar and tobacco notes really grab you. There is length, flavor and freshness. This wine clearly merits status as one of the great vintages of Haut Bailly. This will need time in the cellar before it starts showing all it has to offer. Give it a decade or so and then enjoy the magic. The wine was made from blending 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot and 4% Petit Verdot.

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With an excellent depth of color, this wine displays smoke, blackberries, boysenberry, cigar box, spice, caramel and forest floor. Full-bodied with deep flavor, freshness and length. The tannins are refined, but noticeable. This will take time to develop, soften and come around, but based on previous vintages, given time, this should do exactly that. The finish is all about the sweet, ripe, pure, dark, red and black fruits, cocoa and cherry liqueur you find easily in the endnotes. From a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot and 4% Petit Verdot, this wine reached 13.6% alcohol with a pH of 3.7. The Grand Vin was produced from 50% of the harvest, which took place from September 15 to October 8. 96 - 98 Pts

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When to Drink Chateau Haut Bailly, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time

Chateau Haut Bailly needs time before the tannins fade and the wine can show its true complexities and character. Haut Bailly needs at least 10-15 years of aging in good vintages until it starts being ready to be enjoyed. Young vintages can be decanted for 2-4 hours, or more.

This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment. Chateau Haut Bailly offers its best drinking and should reach peak maturity between 15-40 years of age after the vintage.

Serving Chateau Haut Bailly with Wine, Food, Pairing Tips

Chateau Haut Bailly is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift. The wine of Chateau Haut Bailly is best served with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised and grilled dishes.

Chateau Haut Bailly is a perfect match with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms and pasta as well as cheese.