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2014 Haut Bailly

By Chateau Haut Bailly

2014 Haut Bailly from Chateau Haut Bailly, Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux

The Pessac-Léognan appellation is renowned for its capacity to craft clarets with both finesse and structure, a trait sumptuously embodied by the 2014 Haut Bailly from Chateau Haut Bailly. This particular vintage emerged from a year that tested vintners' mettle, climatically volatile yet yielding wines bespeaking their tenacity and skill.

 

A Vintage of Resilience and Reward

With challenging weather conditions prevailing through much of the growing season, meticulous vineyard management was paramount for the 2014 vintage in Bordeaux. Yet, as autumn came into focus with its saving grace of splendid warmth and sunlight, it kissed the grapes to ripeness and coaxed forth the latent potential of Haut Bailly's terroirs.

The resulting 2014 Haut Bailly exhibits a serene balance between the expressive aromatic vivacity of dark cherries and blackcurrant notes, entwined with an elegantly integrated cloak of oak-derived spice. Its tannin structure, defined yet silky, demonstrates a mastery over the limits imposed by nature—a testament to the shrewd craftsmanship at Chateau Haut Bailly.

 

Investment Meets Elegance

A fine wine investor's portfolio is usually graced with vintages flaunting perfect growing seasons; however, the 2014 Haut Bailly defies expectations. It stands as a beacon of the winemaker's artistry in less than ideal conditions, carving its niche amongst expressions from more heralded years.

The maturity trajectory suggests this wine is on an elegant ascent towards its plateau of optimum enjoyment. With prudent cellarage, investors can anticipate a burgeoning complexity and deepening harmonics of flavour—qualities sagely sought after in the fine wine investment sphere.

 

Conclusion: The Quintessence of Haut Bailly's Virtuosity

In closing, any connoisseur casting an insightful eye over Bordeaux's panoramas can see that although not every vintage can be approached with unfettered confidence, there are always those like the 2014 Haut Bailly that stand as odes to resilience and nuanced winemaking. Its place within an astute investor's collection is not just warranted but recommended, as it encapsulates the triumph over adversity unique to that year, resonating with both palate and portfolio alike.

Current market price

HK$6,500.05

12x75cl

Highest score

94

POP score

48.57

Scores and tasting notes

93-94

No tasting note available.

James Suckling - Jamesuckling.com (04/2015)

94

No tasting note available.

Tim Atkin - TimAtkin.com (04/2015)

91-93

No tasting note available.

Neal Martin - The Wine Advocate

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