Haut Bailly II 2021

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Tasting Notes and Scores

89-91

Wine Advocate

A blend dominated by 68% Merlot, the 2021 Haut-Bailly II exhibits aromas of plums, dark berries and raw cocoa, followed by a medium to full-bodied, lively and seamless palate. Underpinned by powdery tannins, it's an elegant, incipiently complex wine that contains all but one vat of the estate's best Merlot this year.
William Kelley, April 2022

89-91

Neal Martin

The 2021 Haut-Bailly II was picked from September 27 to October 11, and this year it contains more Merlot, which was deselected from the Grand Vin. It is being matured in 30% new oak. The straightforward bouquet offers blackberry, clove and light tea leaf scents, very Pessac but relatively light compared to recent vintages. The palate is medium-bodied with a slightly tannic entry. Again, like the Le Pape, this is a delicate Pessac-Léognan that does not have high concentration and just tapers a little toward the finish. Drink over the next decade.
Neal Martin, Vinous, May 2022

16

Jancis Robinson

Red-berry aromas. Lively and fresh with crunchy fruit and grainy tannins on the finish. Juicy and appealing. A fun wine for earlier drinking with the possibility of medium-term ageing. (JL) 13%
Drink 2025 – 2035
Jancisrobinson.com, May 2022

91-93

Antonio Galloni

The 2021 Haut-Bailly II is soft, silky and super-expressive. Rose petal, spice, mint and red cherry fruit all grace this mid-weight second wine from Haut-Bailly. The aromatics are especially forward. The mid-weight structure of the vintage is very much on display. The 2021 is a real charmer. Antonio Galloni, Vinous, May 2022

91

Jane Anson

Easily one of the most successful 2nd wines in the vintage, with an effortless feel that no doubt took a huge amount of effort to craft. Finessed loganberry and raspberry fruits, saffron and sage spices, touches of white truffle with slate tannins. Harvest September 27 to October 11. First year in the new cellars. 19hl/h yield.
Jane Anson, Inside Bordeaux, May 2022