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June 07, 2016

Chateau Haut Bailly 2015

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Chateau Haut Bailly 2015
98-99 Pts Suckling, 95-97 Pts Wine Advocate

 6×75 – £360 EP

and

Chateau La Parde de Haut Bailly 2015
92-93 Pts Suckling, 88-90 Pts Wine Advocate

 12×75 – £200 EP

Special offer: Buy 6 bottles of each for £440 

IG Wines offer a choice of bottling for en primeur orders, see below.

En Primeur Expected Spring 2018 

Haut Bailly 2015 has received incredible scores in 2015, awarded 98-99 from James Suckling, 95-97 from Neal Martin and Antonio Galloni, following the superb trend of great wines deriving from the Pessac-Leognan commune. Haut Bailly has a habit of creating special wines in leading vintages, having been awarded 100 points in 2009 and 98 in 2010, having been scored 96-98 and 95-97 originally from barrel. This bodes very well for the superb 2015, particularly given the comparative price. The 2015 has released at £720, while the 2009 and 2010 cost £1,050 and £1,450 respectively. Moreover, Neal Martin states ‘This Haut Bailly is up there with the 2009 and 2010 – a bravura Pessac-Léognan destined for long-term ageing’. This is extremely appealing and suggests Martin will rate it highly from bottle.

Haut Bailly dates back to the 16th Century and today it is on the rise, established as one of the most sought after wines during en primeur, due to its high scores and low production: 7,500 cases a year. Unlike many wines in Graves they focus exclusively on red wines. The wine is a blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc. The wine is renowned for wonderful purity and concentration of fruit, along with opulent mouthfeel and balance.

Haut Bailly WA JS Price Release Price
2015 95-97 98-99 £720 £720
2014 91-93 93-94 £420 £420
2013 91-93 91-92 £375 £395
2012 96 94 £550 £480
2011 94+ 95 £500 £580
2010 98 98 £1,050 £990
2009 100 97 £1,450 £870
2008 96 92 £550 £399
2007 90 N/A £370 £340
2006 93 N/A £480 £360
2005 96+ 95 £780 £420

Their second wine La Parde de Haut Bailly is also worth serious attention and is one of the best second wines of a leading chateau to buy on release. In 2015 the Estate’s quality is reflected in La Parde, which is their best ever, scoring 92-93 from James Suckling and its highest ever form the Wine Advocate, 88-90. Martin says ‘This comes recommended.’  It is priced at £200 per case of 12, or £16 a bottle, magnificent value, for a stunning second wine we recommend highly.

Take advantage of our special offer and enjoy the La Parde while you wait for the Haut Bailly to mature, take a 6x75cl case of each for £440.

Also released and available:

  • Lynch Bages 2015, 12x75cl, £870 – 95-96 Pts
  • Pichon Baron 2015, 12x75cl, £995 – 96-98 Pts
  • Clos Fourtet 2015, 12x75cl, £710 – 96-97 Pts
  • Domaine de Chevalier Rouge 2015, 12x75cl, £470 – 96-97 Pts
  • Malartic Lagraviere Rouge 2015, 12x75cl, £350 – 93-97 Pts
  • Cantenac Brown 2015, 12x75cl, £340 – 93-96 Pts
  • Leoville Poyferre 2015, 12×75, £570 – 95-96 Pts
  • Franc Mayne 2015, 12×75, £215 - 93-95 Pts
  • Gruard Larose 2015, 12x75cl, £480 – 90-92 Pts
  • Phelan Segur 2015, 12x75cl, £300 – 91-93 Pts
  • Duhart Milon 2015, 12x75cl, £500 -90-92 Pts

Click HERE for a review of the Bordeaux En Primeur 2015 Campaign to date.

James Suckling, 98-99 Points
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.

Neal Martin, 95-97 Points
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.

Antonio Galloni, 95-97 Points
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.

 

Chateau La Parde de Haut Bailly 2015

James Suckling, 92-93 Points
Very minerally and salty with lots of dried fruit, currant and floral aromas and flavors. Full body, silky tannins and a fresh finish. Excellent second wine.

Antonio Galloni, 89-92 Points
A voluptuous, dark wine, the 2015 La Parde de Haut-Bailly offers notable depth. Black cherry, plum, graphite, leather and dark spices are all fused together. In 2015, La Parde is especially dense and inviting, which makes it a very serious second wine. The blend is 60% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Cabernet Franc.

Neal Martin, 88-90 Points
The 2015 La Parde de Haut-Bailly has quite a high-toned bouquet with blueberry and cassis. The palate is medium-bodied with ripe tannin, a hint of graphite with ample blackberry and blueberry. This is a structured La Parde de Haut-Bailly, grippy and slightly chalky with a precise finish. This comes recommended.

To buy this wine please click here or telephone +44 (0)203 195 8055. Offer subject to availability. 

En Primeur - Why buy through IG Wines:

  • We only work with the largest and best financed negociants in Bordeaux
  • We guarantee delivery of all wines purchased en primeur
  • We are owned one third by a large family office and very well-financed
  • Since our foundation in 2011 we have grown our client base to over 1,500 private clients in ten different countries

IG Wines offer a choice of bottling for en primeur orders:

  • Bottles (12x75cl or 6x75cl) – No Charge
  • Halves (12×37.5cl or 24×37.5cl) – £12.00 per case
  • Magnums (6x150cl or 3x150cl) – £7.00 per case
  • Double Magnums (3 x 300cl) – £50.00 per case
  • Imperials (1 x 600cl) – £25.00 each