Château Haut-Bailly 2020
Château Haut-Bailly 2020
Jane Anson Decanter 96 – "Rich in texture and colour, this has clear layers and complexity, a wine that you want to take your time with, slow down and enjoy. One that will take its time to age also. This has a precision and a clarity to the aromatics, and a gentle buzz of minerality that gives a physical reaction in the mouth. Less exuberant than the 2018 or 2019, making this a vintage that suits the style of Haut-Bailly. A slight austerity to the tannins on the finish gives a blueberry redcurrant edge. 3% Petit Verdot completes the blend (now around eight years old), usually co-fermented with the Cabernet Sauvignon (sometimes with Cabernet Franc). IPT similar to 2016, 2010, 2005, but with a softness that comes from extremely ripe tannins. Strong potential for upscoring when it bottle."
Neal Martin Vinous 95-97 – "The 2020 Haut-Bailly was picked September 9–25 in what the estate has called the "year of reinvention." Having left my sample to open for 30 minutes and then assessed it over the following three hours, I found that it has a mercurial nose of gorgeous blackberry, briar, white pepper, incense and hints of blood orange. It gains intensity and becomes more floral with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with supple but firm tannins that provide backbone. There is plenty of black fruit laced with white pepper and clove. Perhaps less rich on the finish compared to the last two vintages – a virtue as far as I am concerned, as it allows more terroir to show through. This is an impressive Haut-Bailly to coincide with their new winery, which I hope to visit very soon."
Chris Kissack Winedoctor 97-99 – "The blend of the grand vin is 52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 42% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot, picked between September 9th and the 25th. Tasted alongside Haut-Bailly II, this shows a very similar violet-black hue, the obvious difference here being a major step up in concentration, the wine exhibiting a lightly dusty and near-opaque density in the glass. A quite brilliant nose here; it is not as immediately flattering as that of Haut-Bailly II (nor, I suppose, should it be), but you can sense the focus and intent here. It is brilliantly defined, with a tight core of blackcurrant and currant fruits, wrapped up with black bean, dark chocolate and cherry blossom scents, with a little lick of new oak. Beautifully defined on the palate, such focused fruits, lithe and sinewy though, rather than broad or weighty, rich with dark currant and damson, so fragrant and perfumed, set in a neatly defined texture, and tightly fenced in by its wrapping of very fine tannins and slowly unfurling tobacco oak. There is such great concentration here, yet also such fine precision, the wine just deftly skipping across the midpalate. An absolutely stunning Haut-Bailly this year."
|biefstuk, hert, kwartel
|2028 - 2065
|52% cabernet sauvignon, 42% merlot, 3% cabernet franc, 3% petit verdot,
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