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Chateau Haut-Bailly Pessac Leognan 2016
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Chateau Haut-Bailly Pessac Leognan 2016

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750ml
$152.39

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Renowned as one of the world's most elegant wines, the character of Château Haut-Bailly is a series of unlikely paradoxes. It is as complex as it is balanced: deliberate and discrete, powerful and gentle, immediate and timeless. Each vintage is unique and true to itself just as each vintage is consistent and true to the unquestionable character of Haut-Bailly. The WINES are deeply-coloured, with round tannin and high phenolic content. The Merlot wines have wonderful fruit, whereas the Cabernets display high-quality tannin and an extraordinary texture. 2016 is fruity, concentrated, powerful, and elegant.
Jeb Dunnuck
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Matching the brilliant 2015, the 2016 Château Haut Bailly checks in as a blend of 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, and the rest Cabernet Franc brought up in 60% new French oak. This sensational effort boasts a deep purple color as well as a massive bouquet of crème de cassis, tobacco leaf, crushed flowers, and graphite, with just hints of smoky earth emerging with time in the glass. Deep, medium to full-bodied, and concentrated, it's nevertheless all about finesse and elegant, and this beauty just glides across the palate. Reminding me a little bit of the 2009 with its textural richness and length, it's another awesome wine from Véronique Sanders that's capable of keeping for 30+ years.

February 28, 2019
Wine Advocate
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The 2016 Haut-Bailly is medium to deep garnet-purple in color. The nose opens with beautiful floral notes of violets and lavender accented with earthy notions and sparks of crushed rocks over a core of kirsch, cassis and wild blueberries. Full-bodied, rich and seductive, it has layer upon layer of red, black and blue fruits intermingled with earth and mineral hints leading to a very long, perfumed finish.

Lisa Perrotti-Brown, November 30, 2018
Wine Enthusiast
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Barrel Sample. Firm tannins cannot mask the fact that this aromatic wine is gorgeous, rich and fruity. It has a powerful structure to sustain the black plum and berry flavors. It is an impressive and concentrated wine, ready for the long haul.

Roger Voss, April 1, 2017
Vinous
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The 2016 Haut-Bailly is a huge, powerful wine that explodes in all directions. Black cherry, smoke, tobacco, licorice, menthol, incense and gravel are all pushed forward, but it is the wine's volume and pure intensity that stand out most. Readers will have to be patient, as the 2016 is likely to be a slow-maturing wine, but even today the phenomenal finish is a marvel. The 2016 is a great Haut-Bailly in the making. It will reward several decadesofcellaring.

Antonio Galloni, April 2017
Wine Spectator
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This is energetic and grippy, with tar and melted licorice notes wrapped around a core of bramble, red currant paste and black cherry preserve flavors. The tarry edge reemerges on the finish, working with a singed apple wood element to give this solid drive through the finish. Best from 2023 through 2038. 7,500 cases made.

James Molesworth, March 31, 2019