A candidate for the -wine of the vintage,- the 2008 Haut-Bailly possesses incredible complexity. Tell-tale notes of lead pencil shavings, charcoal, damp earth, black cherries and black currants intermixed with a hint of subtle barbecue smoke are present in this classic, quintessential Graves. Medium-bodied with an emerging, precocious complexity, it is a super-pure, beautifully textured, long wine that can be drunk now or cellared for 20-25 years. Bravo!
|Score: 96||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (194), May 2011|
The 2008 exhibits superb minerality as well as the delicacy of a great culinary preparation, packed and stacked with flavor, yet light on its feet. The 2008 will compete, perhaps eclipse the sensational 2005 and 2006. A dense ruby/purple color is followed by notes of charcoal, graphite, black currants, sweet cherries, spice box, and subtle earth. The wine possesses super purity, a medium to full-bodied, gorgeous texture, ripe, sweet tannins, and a layered mouthfeel. The acidity provides freshness, vibrancy, and delineation to all the component parts of this very concentrated yet quintessentially elegant wine. It is a sensational effort that should begin showing secondary nuances of complexity in 8-10 years, and evolve for three decades or more.In a few short years, new proprietor Robert Wilmers and his winemaker, Veronique Sanders, have raised Haut-Bailly's quality to the level of Pape-Clement, La Mission-Haut-Brion, and Haut-Brion.
|Score: 95/97||Robert Parker, RobertParker.com (182), April 2009|
The 2008 Haut Bailly has long been one of the knockout wines of the vintage. Now at ten years of age it retains its youthful appearance. It has a stunning bouquet with billowing, pure blackberry and bilberry fruit tinged with brine and iodine, very well defined and one of the most intense you will find in 2008. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin. This feels lithe and silky smooth in the mouth: intense black fruit, a splash soy and a more structured finish. Just superb. 2018 - 2040
|Score: 93||Neal Martin, vinous.com, February 2018|
This has a lovely ripe nose of blackberry, boysenberry, earth and a touch of wild mint. Very good definition. The palate has firm tannins, well-integrated oak, very focused and superb freshness. Much more structure than I was anticipating, this could be a long-term Haut-Bailly although at the moment it is very tannic on the finish. Not an Haut-Bailly that is expressive at primeur, but one that should blossom by bottling. Tasted April 2009
|Score: 90/92||Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, April 2009|
Rather pale rim. Interesting savour. Well balanced. Very harmonious and polished with lots of ripe fruit and the (considerable) tannins well hidden. Glossy stuff. What's not to like? Though it's not a blockbuster.
|Score: 17||Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2009|
The mainly black fruits on the nose are rich and feel ripe and this richness gives depth on the
start of the palate. Cassis and black cherry are backed by slightly lighter bramble and bilberry
refreshing the more powerful fruits so that the finish is lighter and quite elegant. 2016-2030
|Score: 92||Derek Smedley MW, November 2012|
It has enormous power with a mass of blackcurrant and sloe surrounded by very firm tannins. The rich black fruit mix is underpinned by some lighter bilberry but at the moment the tannic structure does dominate and rather hold back fruit expression. Right at the back sweeter flavours emerge give more of an elegant twist.
|Score: 88/91||Derek Smedley MW, April 2009|