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The 2012 La Parde de Haut-Bailly is a blend of 56% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot and 4% Cabernet Franc. It has quite a polished and generous bouquet, perhaps without the complexity of its 2010 counterpart, although it does open up nicely with hints of blood orange (possibly from the Merlot) emerging with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with a soft and silky entry, fleshier than the 2010, with commendable depth, mainly black fruit with a seam of pencil lead toward the fresh and vibrant finish. This is another excellent Deuxième Vin from the estate. Tasted March 2017.
"Haut-Bailly has some of the oldest vines in the appellation. The average age is 35 years, and a quarter of the vines are 100-120 years old. The wine's character is naturally due to its terroir: that combination of soil, climate, and grape varieties. However, a further component adds to the complexity of the terroir at Haut-Bailly: centuries of history, including the experience of employees who have worked at the estate for years. This accounts for Haut-Bailly's reliably consistent quality."