And another release that we have been impatiently anticipating…this time 2018 Château Haut-Bailly…
This exceptional estate is enjoying a rich vein of form of late and the 2018 does not break that run. The hard work undertaken at the Château in both the vineyard and the cellars is paying off handsomely, placing Haut-Bailly as a regular on – as clichéd as it sounds – Atlas’ must-buy list.
Always released at a fair price, Haut-Bailly offers fine value year in, year out. It is pleasing to see that it is now receiving the widespread critical acclaim that it so richly deserves. Yes, you have guessed it…this release comes highly recommended!
Simon's note and Antonio Galloni’s note are both set out below.
2018 Château Haut-Bailly, Cru Classé, Pessac-Léognan
£515 per 6 bottle case in bond
A blend of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot and 5% Cabernet Franc. Juicy dark fruits and hints of cassis on the nose. The 2018 Haut-Bailly shows in a bolder manner on the palate than the 2016 or 2015, but retains its poise. There is a soft, velvety, layered impression to the fruit, underscored by a bright acidity and very finely expressed tannins. An almost minty edge to the berry fruits on the palate provides intrigue, as well as a distinct stony mineral complexity. While reflecting the vintage conditions, this 2018 still retains the hallmark signature; a beautifully rich, streamlined Haut-Bailly, where the wealth of fruit is balanced by a terrific sense of energy. Long, pure and stylish – there is so much to like about this 2018. (SL) 2026-2040.
(94-97) points, Antonio Galloni, vinous.com
The 2018 Haut-Bailly speaks with real authority and class. Deeply spiced notes lead into a core of red/purplish berry fruit, lavender, licorice, new leather, menthol and tobacco. Vivid and dramatic in bearing, the 2018 possesses striking resonance from start to finish. There is plenty of tannin as well, but it is pretty much buried by the sheer luxuriousness of the fruit, while the mid-palate and saline-infused finish show terrific freshness as well as purity. The blend is 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot.
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