The first of the 2000s

Chateau Haut Bailly, Pessac Léognan 2000 ****

With the turn of the decade I decided to plunge into my 2000s for the first time. I don’t really have a handle on the vintage as yet although I did taste a fairly comprehensive range of 2000s in the spring of 2002 including Haut Bailly. At the time I wrote‘fragrant, quite delicate, dry but very refined, not as fat or as rich as some but great finesse'. Eight years on my note is pretty consistent with this: mid-deep garnet; closed initially with an underlying cedary character emerging on the nose; firm, quite austere, typically gravelly tannins and restrained, tight-knit blackcurrant fruit, fresh expensive finish (so much fresher than the 2003s, some of which I have already broached). Good and looking better the following day – but better still with five more years in bottle.   17.5

Scoring

19 - 20 An outstanding wine (*****)

17 – 18 An excellent wine in its class, highly recommended (****)

15 - 16 A good wine, with much to recommend it (***)

13 - 14 An enjoyable but simple, straightforward wine (**)

10 – 12 A very ordinary wine without faults but with no great merit (*)

8 - 10 Disagreeable (no stars)

Below 8 Faulty