This was a little suprise of a friend of mine which he brought with him when I invited him to come over. He has his own wine blog. It’s pretty good so check him out: Barrel Secrets
In my opinion, 2002 Bordeaux is an underrated vintage. Clearly, there is a lot of 02 BDX that didn’t bring any fireworks, but if you look well you can find a lot of bargains. One of these bargains turned out to be this La Parde de Haut-Bailly, the second wine made by Ch. Haut-Bailly.
This is traditional Bordeaux. Not the blockbuster, “BOOM! In your face!” reds such as 2005 and 2009 Bordeaux. This has greenness on the nose. White pepper. Red and black fruit, clearly, cassis and a smokiness and cedar wood tone due to the oak. Aside from that there is a herbaceous note, wet forest floor. Pretty intriguing nose I must say.
On the palate, there is soft tannins. Because of its age, they don’t play a leading role anymore, but they are certainly present. Good acidity. Flavors are similar to the nose. Dark fruit, a subtle tone of oak. Maybe a hint of vanilla. A long 25 secs+ finish.
This is a very good wine. At a suggested retail price of €19, if you find it, buy it, and drink it within 3 to 5 years.