The 2017 Haut-Bailly is composed of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 4% Petit Verdot. Very deep garnet-purple colored, it has a wonderfully spicy nose of cinnamon stick, cloves, anise and fenugreek with core of roses, warm blueberries, black forest cake and black raspberries plus hints of underbrush and iron ore. Medium to full-bodied with firm, ripe, grainy tannins, it has oodles of freshness and great finesse, continuing bright and energetic on the long, minerally finish.
“In 2017, everything was early at Haut-Bailly”, commented General Manager, Véronique Saunders. On March 25 budding started and by April 12 full leaves were developing. Then on April 27 and 28 the frosts hit, lowering production here considerably. Afterwards, on May 19, flowering started very early, with an early veraison on July 28. There was a lot of rain during the last three days of June and it was a very quick, short harvest from September 13-29.
Colaris WijnenScore: 8 1/2
Vinous | Antonio Galloni
The 2017 Haut-Bailly is an understated beauty. Nothing in particular stands out rather it is the wine's balance that impresses most. All the classic Haut-Bailly signatures come through in a mid-weight, super-finessed wine that hits all the right notes. Dark red and blue stone fruits, graphite, smoke, licorice and incense are all laced into the super-expressive finish. The 2017 emerges from the estate's central, most historic parcels, as those vineyards were not affected by the April frost that took with it 30% of the production