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2019 Vintage: Energy

Unprecedented weather and seasons lived to the full! Winter 2019 is short-lived: after a very cold January, February is particularly mild.

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CHÂTEAU HAUT-BAILLY

HAUT-BAILLY•II

Weather conditions

  Winter : Mild

  Spring : Cool

  Summer : Hot

  Autumn : Warm

Winter 2019 was short-lived. After a particularly cold January, February was exceptionally mild (28°C).

The early budburst (15 days in advance) gave us fears of spring frosts, which were fortunately avoided thanks to the nightime mobilisation of our team. On five separate occasions, fires were lit to fight against this risk (March 27th & 28th, April 13th, May 5th & 6th).

An unusual freshness in May slowed the growth of the plant and returned us to a traditional growing calendar.

Spring ended with several successive heat waves from the end of May, followed by two intense periods in June (26th & 27th) and  July (22nd-25th).

The early summer weather accelerated the vegetative development and the vine demonstrated once again its incredible resistance. Generous growth encouraged us to perform green harvests.

At the end of July, a providential storm during a period of drought gave us 40mm of rain and allowed a quick and homogeneous veraison, along with the cooler temperatures of early August. 

Maturation developed in ideal weather, with alternating warm and sunny days with cool nights.

Harvest

After a fine summer and a magnificent month of September, the harvest took place from September 23rd to October 10th in favorable conditions.

A generous crop was handpicked by a high-spirited troop of international pickers.

The sugar concentration of the grapes, their phenolic richness and a natural acidity are signs of a great vintage.

The vinification took place at 24°C in order to preserve the perfect freshness and elegance despite the high degrees in alcohol.

Harvest dates : September 23rd – October 10th

En Primeurs tasting

Mars 2020


Charming Merlots and structured Cabernets. The wines are ripe, rich and aromatic. They offer balance, generosity as well as precision.

2019 is a wine of style and depth, a wine of balance, power and purity.

Mars 2020


Haut-Bailly•II 2019 is a balanced and elegant wine. Voluptuous Merlots bring an aromatic freshness, enhanced by silky tannins. The second wine is soft, with a beautiful roundness.

PRESS

98/100 The 2019 Haut-Bailly was picked 23 September to 10 October. After 10-15 minutes in the glass the wine gradually unfurls to reveal beautiful red berry fruit, crushed stone, wilted rose petals and faint hints of blueberry. The palate is quite brilliantly balanced, the tannins extremely fine and framing the slightly earthy black fruit laced with salt. Though Véronique Sanders suggests that it bears a semblance to the 2009 with more depth, I cannot see that verisimilitude. To me, it is a less flamboyant and more terroir expressive Haut-Bailly that has an effortless allure and a sense of sophistication. Wonderful. Neal Martin
99/100 Composed of 56% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 4% Petit Verdot, the 2019 Haut-Bailly was harvested from the 23rd of September to 11th of October. Deep garnet-purple colored, it leaps from the glass with vivacious notes of blackcurrant cordial, black raspberries and plum preserves with a tantalizing undercurrent of candied violets, dark chocolate, menthol and licorice plus a touch of Chinese five spice. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is achingly elegant, showing off perfumed black fruit layers with a firm frame of very fine-grained, silt-like tannins and seamless freshness, finishing with incredible persistence and fragrance. Just magic. Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW
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