Haut Bailly II 2020

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Tasting Notes and Scores


Wine Advocate

Drink Date
2023 - 2033

Reviewed by Lisa Perrotti-Brown

Composed of 46% Cabernet Sauvignon and 54% Merlot, the 2020 Haut-Bailly II was harvested from the 9th to 25th of September. Deep garnet-purple in color, it skips out of the glass with easy-breezy notes of cassis, fresh black plums and raspberry leaves, plus hints of wild thyme, tilled soil and ground cloves. The medium-bodied palate is soft and juicy with just enough black fruit and savory flavors and a refreshing finish.


Neal Martin

The 2020 Haut-Bailly II was picked September 9–25. It offers a mélange of red and black fruit on the nose, hints of morels/undergrowth lending complexity, then becoming more floral with aeration, all quite mercurial in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with sappy black fruit that gently grips. Very marine in style, shucked oyster shells infusing the sappy finish, which leaves an impressively long aftertaste considering this is the Deuxième Vin. Excellent.



Michael Schuster

(54% M, 46% CS; 13.9% ABV)
Softly rich and plummy to smell, subtle, fine, and persistent; full, with a very fresh impression, particularly fine in its tannin; long, even, elegant, and restrained, ripe red and black fruit in flavor, lightly gravelly in the background, long across the palate and on the finish, even, effortless, lovely! 2024–34+.


Jancis Robinson

54% Merlot, 46% Cabernet Sauvignon. Cask sample.
More of a Cabernet aspect (despite the blend) with its intense, crimson-purple colour and dark-fruit and cassis notes. Tight, firm and structured, the fine-grained tannins present but matched by freshness and fruit. Big structure, certainly for a second wine. Definite ageing potential. (JL)


Antonio Galloni

The 2020 Haut-Bailly II is superb. The tannins and overall structure are suggestive of an important Pessac-Léognan that is going to need time to come around. Dark blue/purplish fruit, lavender and menthol are front and center. A wine of savory energy and intensity, Haut-Bailly II sizzles with energy.



Jeff Leve

The wine opens with sweet plums, smoked spices, currants, tobacco leaf and cherries on the nose. Medium-bodied, finesse in style, with an elegant soft, fresh mid-palate and refined finish, the wine ends with energetic red plums and savory currants. The wine blends 54% Merlot and 46% Cabernet Sauvignon. 91-93


Jeb Dunnuck

The second wine of Château Haut-Bailly and 54% Merlot and 46% Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2020 Haut-Bailly II sports a healthy purple color as well as classic Pessac-Léognan notes of damp earth, cedary herbs, tobacco, and assorted red and black fruits. With good density, medium to full-bodied richness, and a ripe, expansive texture, this is unquestionably an outstanding second wine that I would be happy to drink any time over the coming 15+ years.



Tasted by Jane Anson(at Primeur week tastings in Bordeaux, 01 May 2021)

Inky colour, pencil lead and smoke concentration, where the tannins lend a sense of pressure bearing down on the fruit, keeping things moving and building in tension through the palate. Tiny edge of peony and iris flower as it opens in the glass. Harvest September 9 to 25th. Extremely well extracted, this is not a delicate wine but it is a measured one, and it has the sense of slowly building towards the close of play that is most enjoyable. 30% of overall production in HBII this year. Not vinified in the cellar, but will be aged in it.

Drinking Window 2025 - 2038