Château Haut-Bailly, All The Fives, 2016

A visit to Bordeaux throws up all sorts of tasting opportunities. As subscribers will surely already know I tend to avoid the boozy lunches, for reasons I have already written about perhaps too many times, so I won’t revisit them here, lest I begin to sound like a broken record. During the 2015 vintage primeurs I did, however, accept two stomach-fortifying invitations, one of which was to Château Haut-Bailly.

Château Haut-Bailly

During the primeurs Véronique Sanders and her team offer lunch, perhaps as an incentive to draw in visitors to the domaine following the estate’s withdrawal from Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux activities two years ago. It is an informal serve-yourself affair of which I decided to take advantage in order to strengthen my resolve before heading off for the Pessac-Léognan syndicat tasting, followed by the drive south to Sauternes, and my annual visits to Château Climens and Château Raymond-Lafon. It was a wise decision, because this informal lunch came with four informally poured wines which were of real interest.

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