Our vintages

2021 Vintage: Mindful

The 2021 vintage has come a long way. Throughout the year, extreme weather conditions have tested our know-how and professionalism. Never before have we been so close to nature… 2021 is a vintage of hard work and humility.

Our wines

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CHÂTEAU HAUT-BAILLY

HAUT-BAILLY•II

Weather conditions

  Winter : Mild

  Spring : Cool

  Summer : Hot

  Autumn : Warm

Vineyards all over France will remember the terrible month of April 2021 during which black frosts devastated many harvests. Although our anti-frost towers were efficient in protecting plots during the ten days of high risk, the nights of April 6th to 8th proved to be fatal in certain areas exposed to the Northwind.

Despite hot and dry flowering conditions at the end of May-the deluges of spring (equivalent to two and a half months of rain in June) caused coulure and millerandage-the Cabernets fared better than the Merlots. And we fought valiantly against the level of mildew which was similar to that of 2018 and 2020.

But we were lucky in the final stretch: summer set in from mid-August onwards, and in September and October the forecasted rains never came…

Harvest

This is the first harvest to be vinified in our new winery, a true architectural creation perfectly tailored to the exceptional terroir of Haut-Bailly. 2021 opens another chapter in the history of Haut-Bailly: the cold rooms, the harvest carts, the contemporary vats adapted to the parcels of land, allow for precise, hand-crafted work, in great serenity.

The harvest was particularly late: we started on September 27th with the Merlots and finished with the Cabernets on October 12th.

Harvest dates : September 27th – October 12th

En Primeurs tasting

Château Haut-Bailly

March 2022

The Merlots are soft and fruity. The Cabernets are dense, have good colour, are full-bodied and structured. The yields are very limited. The wines have a good balance, a structure for ageing, and elegant tannins.

Haut-Bailly II

March 2022


Haut-Bailly•II 2021 is a resolutely charming and elegant wine: supple, well-balanced and with a fruity freshness enhanced by smooth tannins.

PRESS

97/100 This is a very aromatic, precise wine. Ripe fruits and density are balanced by the wine’s freshness and acidity. It has structure that brings out creamy tannins to balance the succulent black fruit flavors. Roger Voss
97/100 Dark purple colour with violet hue and black core. Excellent aromatic expression, blackcurrants and blackberries, black cherries in the background, floral hints, violets and wisteria, a wine with precision and freshness. On the palate firm yet ripe and balanced tannins, refined fruit and floral hints, discreet spiciness and subtle oak, exciting tension on the palate with excellent length. Markus del Monego
96/100 The 2021 Haut-Bailly is a dark, rather somber wine. The aromatics alone are captivating, but there are strong savory inflections from the high percentage of Petit Verdot in this year’s blend. This deceptively mid-weight Haut-Bailly has plenty to offer. Spice, leather, tobacco and incense linger. The final blend also includes 10% press wine. Antonio Galloni
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