- Merlots : September 9 to 19
- Cabernets : September 19 to 29
- Merlot: 65%
- Cabernet Sauvignon: 35%
From the same plots as Château Haut-Bailly, La Parde de Haut-Bailly is the result of a strict selection and is stamped with its own specific style. In 2011, this wine shows a deep blazing colour. Very pure, aromatic and fruity, it is a pleasure wine.
Following a very wet Autumn, the Winter of 2010 and Spring 2011 were marked by drought. In Europe, Spring 2011 was the hottest and driest in 50 years, with only 78 millimeters of rain falling between March and June, compared to the average precipitation of 298 millimeters for the same period. The drought triggered early flowering and fruit formation in May. There was a heat wave on the 26th and 27th of June. Fortunately, this unusually warm Spring was balanced by a cool and rather wet Summer, which allowed the physiological development of the wines to start again. Finally, an Indian Summer in September guaranteed a perfectly ripe harvest. By the beginning of September, thanks to a certain amount of thinning out, enabling the air to circulate around the bunches, the grapes were perfectly ripe and healthy with dense aromas and excellent structure. The harvest started on the 9th September with the young Merlot plots. The harvest lasted three weeks under dry and sunny weather – perfect conditions for harvesting. Rather low yields of Cabernet Sauvignon were balanced by a more generous production of Merlots. The grapes were thoroughly sorted in the vineyard as well as in the cellars, where a brand new de-stemming machine precisely and gently separates the stems from the grapes. The alcoholic fermentation was kept at 26°C in order to protect the fruit from too much extraction.
www.jamessuckling.com, James Suckling, 1er avril 2012
Beautiful second wine with juicy fruit, chocolate and hints of orange peel. Medium body, with soft tannins and a medium finish. Second wine of Haut-Bailly. 86-87
The Wine Cellar Insider, Jeff Leve, 24 avril 2012
Smoky plum and spic open to medium body and an approachable black cherry finish. 87-88
Bibendum Wine, avril 2012
Taste of luxury. The blend this year is the same as in 2000, although the style is closer to the 2001 vintage. The fruit and tannins are full and ripe but the alcohol is noticeably less than some previous vintages at 13%. It is fresh rather than deep. Delightful drinking. 19/20