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Jeannie Cho Lee’s 2013 review:
This is a very successful vintage for Haut-Bailly and the flavours and potential is only now starting to reveal itself. A youthful, beautifully crafted red with cedar, cassis and blackberry flavours. Balanced, harmonious with supple, firm tannins that carries the flavours through to the finish. This wine will easily age for a few more decades.
Neal Martin’s latest Wine Advocate review from 2016:
Tasted at the château, the 1998 Haut-Bailly is a wine that exploits what was a fine vintage in Pessac-Léognan, and appears to slowly improve with age. Having not reached adulthood yet, it has a simmering, powerful bouquet with smoke and truffle accompanying the red berry fruit, perhaps a little mintier than previous bottles. The palate is complex and well balanced, harmonious with kirsch and bay leaf, you could say “modestly precocious” in style. The acidity cuts through nicely here, lending freshness on the finish that feels long and possesses the substance to suggest that it will easily bestow drinkers with another 15-20 years of pleasure. You could broach this now, but it possesses the concentration to mature over the next 20 years without problem. Tasted March 2016.
Some even more recent Cellartracker notes:
5/30/2019 – ElAzul Likes this wine:
Beautiful example of ready to drink Bordeaux. Still has a burgundy color with just the most faint hint of orange on the rim. Nose of forest floor with some flowery notes. Deep red fruit but with a hint of raspberry and blackberry. The finishing notes of bright acidity evolved over 24 hours and peaked as I enjoyed my last few sips. Just lovely!
3/23/2019 – Tao wrote: 93 Points
Haven’t tried this for almost ten years now, it is, of course, worth a revisit! From a half bottle this time, very dark in colour, almost opaque! Nose of spicy black currant fruits, tons of oriental spices, a touch of grilled nuts and charred oak, I’m echo with most people, a little vanilla, very pleasing at this stage! Tons of spicy black fruits attacking the palate, somewhat tight but very intense! Still evolving very nicely, not hit its peak yet! Still needs a bit of time!
2/24/2019 – Nutty08 Likes this wine: 94 Points
This is in a great place. Perfectly aged with expected aromatics of aged Bordeaux, tannins are soft and in check. Fruit still with some red leaning, but has matured. Lovely smoke, flint nose. Great length as well. Likely the beginning of a long drinking plateau.
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