The 2015 Haut-Bailly has a very attractive bouquet with red currant, strawberry, crushed stone and subtle graphite aromas, becoming more floral with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, well judged acidity, a little "correct" in style. Precise and detailed on the classic, pencil lead finish. This is one Pessac-Léognan that I scored conservatively, only for it to improve dramatically after 5 or 10 minutes. Tasted blind at the Southwold 2015 Bordeaux tasting.
|Score: 95||Neal Martin, vinous.com, July 2019|
The 2015 Haut-Bailly has an intense bouquet with raspberry preserve, blackberry and briary scents intertwined with cedar and hints of truffle. The palate is medium-bodied with very fine tannins and superb acidity (more tensile than I remember it in barrel). I adore the focus and the class of this wine, the manner in which it gently fans out toward the finish. Classy and sophisticated, this is an outstanding Haut-Bailly. To repeat my sentiment from barrel, this 2015 is up there with the 2009 and 2010. Anticipated maturity: 2021 - 2045.
|Score: 95||Neal Martin, -, March 2018|
The 2015 Haut Bailly is a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot and 4% Petit Verdot (Véronique Sanders told me that the latter was planted three years ago.) My sample included 80% new oak, but there will be 50% in the final blend. Deep in color, the bouquet is very intense with multilayered blackberry, blueberry, crème de cassis and subtle black olive aromas, introverted at first but soon racing out of the blocks with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with ripe, quite firm tannin. This is an Haut-Bailly with real backbone, real sense of purpose. It could have tipped over into being overpowering due to that intense Merlot, but the acidity keeps everything in check and the finish demonstrates wonderful tension. In particular, the aftertaste is incredibly long in the mouth. This Haut Bailly is up there with the 2009 and 2010 - a bravura Pessac-Léognan destined for long-term ageing. Do yourself (and the wine) a favor and cellar it for 12 years, drinking the 2012 or 2013 before reaching for this.
|Score: 95/97||Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (224), April 2016|
Composed of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot and 4% Petit Verdot, the deep garnet-purple colored 2015 Haut-Bailly offers up a tantalizingly savory nose of smoked meats, chargrill, tapenade, unsmoked cigars and black truffles with a core of black currants, black cherries and wild blueberries plus wafts of iron ore and bouquet garni. Medium to full-bodied, very firm and yet wonderfully plush with a powerful core of fruit—this vintage is truly an iron fist in a velvet glove. The finish goes on and on with persistent earthy/minerally notes and savory/sweet fruit. Although it is tempting and indeed delicious right now, the wine still possesses many restrained layers and should handsomely reward the patient. 2024 - 2050
|Score: 97+||Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (Interim Fe), February 2018|
This is an incredible young red with precision and focus that is second to almost none. Full body with a ultra-fine tannin drive that is seamless as it is endless. It ends with such power. Try in 2024 but already impressive to taste.
|Score: 98||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, February 2018|
This is a vivid and powerful red with lots of bright fruit and spice character. Full body, chewy tannins and loads of fruit on the finish. Firm and focused tannins. Lots of energy and vibrance. Spice and violet leaf undertone. Pure fruit. Pure structure.
|Score: 98/99||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, March 2016|
Once again, I am absolutely stunned by how vivid the 2015 Haut-Bailly is. Bright, red-toned fruit and floral overtones convey freshness. Deep and unctuous in the glass, with tremendous concentration, the 2015 has more than enough clout to age well for several decades. It will need at least a few years in bottle to be truly enjoyable. 2023 - 2045
|Score: 97||Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, February 2018|
The 2015 Haut-Bailly is remarkably vivid for such a big wine. Firm beams of tannin give the 2015 much of its shape and overall energy, both of which the 2015 needs to balance its superb concentration. Sweet floral and spice notes give lift to the unctuous red cherry jam, pomegranate and blueberry flavors. The 2015 is likely to need quite a bit of time to come together, but it is already a very special wine. Even with all of its obvious depth, the 2015 retains gorgeous freshness. In 2015, the blend is 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot and 4% Petit Verdot, the first time Petit Verdot has appeared in the blend.
|Score: 95/97||Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, April 2016|
Tasted blind. Round and mellow in texture. The sandpaper tannins make an impact only quite late on, but they do dry the mouth out.
|Score: 16.5||Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, February 2019|
Very dark, luscious colour - one of the most distinctive colours of all! Savoury and not forced but awfully attractive. Round and fresh. Very nicely assembled. Definitely Graves. Long and very 'cashmere'! Real lift yet intensely ripe fruit too. Very neat! 13.6%
|Score: 18||Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2016|
Mid crimson. Delicately leafy dark fruit, immediate impression of elegance and purity. Scented on the palate too. Harmonious and refined, with everything in place for a long life and already finely balanced between the restrained dark fruit, the super-fine tannins and a long fresh finish. (JH)
|Score: 17.5||Julia Harding MW, JancisRobinson.com, November 2017|
This classic Graves property is managed by Véronique Sanders. The vineyard is planted with 63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Petit Verdot, 2% Cabernet Franc and 30% Merlot. Deep purple colour. A perfumed black cherry and vanilla nose with hints of mocha and caramel. The palate is a balance of poise, purity and precision. An initially ripe, creamy textured fruit core is layered by firm but ripe tannins that elegantly structure the wine. The finish is long and effortlessly elegant with real harmony.
|Score: 16.5+||Farr Vintners, March 2016|
The nose has a mix of sweet black fruits and the start of the palate is rich and ripe with dark chocolate. Mid flesh, supple with fine tannins and although there is freshness at the back stylish the finish is sweet ripe with depth of flavour.
|Score: 94/96||Derek Smedley MW, DerekSmedleyMW.co.uk, April 2016|
In a very good vintage for Pessac-Léognan, Haut-Bailly really stands out for its quality,
confirming the ongoing improvements here. Intense, brooding and given extra structure by
the use of Petit Verdot for the first time, this is complex, saline and focused with delightful
oak integration and a long, stylish finish. Drink: 2025-35
|Score: 96||Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com, April 2016|