Great aromas of crushed blackberries with flowers and stones that follow through to a full body, with super silky tannins and a long, long finish. It fills your mouth with beautiful fruit and velvety tannins yet shows tension and form. This lasts for minutes on the palate. Structured and superb. Don't touch until 2020.
Deep plum/purple, Haut-Bailly's 2010 required some coaxing to appreciate its subtle notes of barbecue smoke, lead pencil shavings and creme de cassis as well as its touches of pomegranate and forest floor. The oak is pushed far into the background and the tannins are extremely silky, but the intensity of the wine is profound and the finish lingers for close to 55 seconds. This wine is ripe yet delicate, powerful yet stylish, and essentially resembles a remarkable fashion design from a house of haute couture. This wine needs a good 7-8 years of bottle age and should keep for 40-50+ years. (RP)
The perfect Pessac-Léognan scent? Maybe: a beguiling blend of smoke, warm stones, tobacco and roasted red fruits. The palate is fine and firm, yet full and opulent, too with an echo chamber of tobacco, fruit and spice, tapering to something more earthy and sinewy at the end. Layered, rich, grand and classy. (AJ)
Still fairly youthful in appearance with light bricking on the rim, the 2010 Haut-Bailly has an intoxicating nose that is in full flight: a mélange of red and black fruit, loam, truffle, just a touch of powdered dark chocolate and then gaminess developing with aeration. The aromatics have a slightly melted quality that I associate more with the 2009s. The palate shows impressive weight and poise, the acidity effortlessly counterbalancing the ripe fruit, and hints of brown spice, meat juices and Provençal herbs coming through with time. There is a sense of completeness about this Haut-Bailly that is completely disarming. What a fabulous wine. Thank God, this time, there was no trace of TCA. (NM)
A powerful and complex wine from an estate performing on its top form. Solid tannins, layers of wood and dark fruits combine to give a wine that offers both richness and a dense structure. This Haut-Bailly should age impressively and for many years. *Cellar Selection* (RV)
Chewy and brambly, but integrated, this carries a very hefty core of espresso, ganache, mulled plum and blackberry fruit. The purity starts to shine through on the finish, which drips with cassis and is threaded with a long warm paving stone note. Tight and backward today, this extremely well-built wine will need substantial cellaring. (JM)
While impressing as being fairly tight right from the start, Haut-Bailly nonetheless conveys a great sense of concentration and depth. Its aromas recall a bit of dark-leaf tobacco, woodsy spice, toasted vanilla and a distant touch of sweet smoke and dried flowers along with lots of very pure blackcurrant fruit, and its deep, many-layered flavors follow suit. However expressive it is now, it is still a very long way from being close to ready, and, given the choice, we would hide it away for another decade at the very least. *Two Stars*
Very dark crimson. Very aromatic and Cabernet on the nose. Such a whack of ripe fruit that it almost disguises the massive tannic charge. But then the tannins really insist on the finish. Throbs on the finish! 18/20 points. (JR)
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