So elegant, right from the first nose. The fourth vintage under Haut-Bailly ownership (because they declassified the 2013), this has appealing rich caramel and coffee bean edges and is beautifully elegant. It has soft, elongated tannins, and concentrated violet and fern notes, that seem to float through the palate. This property is really starting to show exactly what it can achieve. 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon. (JA)
Lots of walnut and berry character. Medium-to full-bodied, round and silky with a lovely chocolate undertone. Very polished and juicy. So fine and racy.
From same ownership as Château Haut-Bailly, this wine has a firm structure to go with the dense black fruits and rich tannins. It offers concentration and layers of dark fruitiness freshened by the acidity. The wine needs to age, so drink from 2023. (RV)
The 2016 Le Pape is a blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon picked from 3-4 September and on 14 October respectively. It is matured in 30% new oak, although my sample contained 50% (which was accounted for in my assessment). It offers plenty of raspberry coulis and crushed strawberry aromas on the nose, the new oak nicely integrated, quite generous and almost opulent in the context of the vintage. The palate is medium-bodied with grainy tannin, a splash of soy on the entry, a keen line of acidity. There is a touch of austerity towards the saline finish, but that will abate by the time it is bottled. This is a fine Château Le Pape from 'l'equipe' Haut-Bailly. (NM)
The 2016 Le Pape is terrific. Bright, perfumed and nuanced in the glass, it captures all the qualities of the year in its precise aromatics, sculpted fruit and refreshing personality. Impeccably balanced, the 2016 should provide plenty of immediate pleasure pretty much upon release. (AG)
Dark crimson. Easy and sweet and yet some freshness. Luscious and very gorgeous and sweet. Very complete and winning. Blackberry compote. 17/20
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