94pt Grand Cru Classé: 2018 Chateau Haut-Bailly II Pessac-Leognan

There aren't many Chateaux in Bordeaux right now that are making better wines than the winemaking team at Chateau Bailly. Since the current ownership took over in 1998 the Chateau has been nothing short of sensational. They've earned multiple 100-point scores across three vintages, multiple top 100 lists, along with their top wine consistently ranking among the very best in Bordeaux each and every year. Today you can get a taste of this unparalleled pedigree.

We know it's not in everyone's budget to fork out nearly $170 a bottle for Haut-Bailly's top wine. That's why were bringing you the 94-point 2018 Chateau Haut-Bailly II from Pessac-Leognan. It's "a good reflection of the top wine" and will give "you a good idea of the potential of the grand vin" without taking a big chunk out of your wallet.

Haut-Bailly's second wine sings a similar tune to the first. It's full-bodied and bursting with dark fruits like crushed blackberries, ripe plums, and black raspberries. There are plenty of savory notes here too, including tobacco, mocha, and licorice. This wine is poised and impeccably balanced with a silky smooth texture. There's no doubt this generous beauty sings the same tune as the flagship wine and gives you a taste of Bordeaux excellence.

Haut-Bailly dates as far back as 1461 but didn't begin producing wine until 1530. This historic Chateau has been cultivating wine from the same vineyards since 1630! There have been a few additions but the majority of the vineyards have remained unchanged for nearly 400 years. 

The current history of the Chateau begins with the late Robert G. Wilmers who acquired the estate in 1998. Robert and the Wilmers family have taken this estate to historic heights. They brought on top talent, including Jean-Bernard Delmas who spent 42 years at Chateau Haut-Brion, and another 5 at Chateau Montrose. Delmas was brought in as a consultant in 2004 and since 2005 this Chateau has consistently been one of Bordeaux's finest.

There's no question who's atop a list of Bordeaux's best producers right now and Chateau Haut-Baily is one of those estates. Luckily, the 94-point second wine won't cost you an arm and a leg like their flagship wine. But it does come from the 98-point 2018 vintage and will give "you a good idea of the potential of the grand vin." So what are you waiting for?

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