Extremely fresh and aromatic with sliced berries and hints of orange peel. Medium-bodied yet dense and deep with ripe, firm tannins and a flavorful finish. Shows energy and vibe. Solid length. Formerly called La Parde de Haut-Bailly. Second wine.
93-94 points, James Suckling (Apr 2019)
The second wine of Haut Bailly, which was previously released as the La Parde de Haut-Bailly starting in 1967, the renamed 2018 Haut-Bailly II is 65% Merlot and 35% Cabernet Sauvignon brought up in 30% new French oak. Black raspberries, cherries, cassis, graphite, and spicy wood notes all emerge from this medium to full-bodied Pessac-Léognan. Rich, medium to full-bodied, beautifully balanced, and elegant, it has the vintage's fresh, clean, pure character, beautiful richness, and a great finish.
92-94 points, Jeb Dunnuck (May 2019)
Formerly known as "La Parde de Haut-Bailly," this second wine from Haut-Bailly will have a name change starting with this vintage. Composed of 65% Merlot and 35% Cabernet Sauvignon harvested September 17 to October 9, the 2018 Haut-Bailly II is deep purple-black in color and leaps from the glass with exuberant notes of crushed blackberries, black raspberries and plum preserves plus hints of red and black currants, menthol, mocha and candied violets with a touch of cedar chest. Full-bodied, firm and very finely grained, it has bags of freshness and loads of savory sparks, finishing long and mineral tinged.
91-93 points, Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate (Issue # Interim - Apr 2019)
The 2018 Haut-Bailly II is the newest incarnation of Le Parde de Haut Bailly. The wine is the same, only the name has changed, which the château did to link the wine more closely to the property and also eliminate ambiguity in a name that created confusion in the market. Deep, racy and beautifully layered in the glass, the Haut-Bailly II is a gorgeous wine in its peer group. Crushed flowers, mint, sweet tobacco, cedar and licorice all give the II lovely aromatic complexity to play off the resonant fruit. Medium in body and gracious, the II has a vertical feel that is impossible to miss. The blend is 65% Merlot and 35% Cabernet Sauvignon.
90-93 points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous (Apr 2019)