The vibrant second wine of this lauded estate has established itself as a contemporary staple following a rebrand in 2018, which saw the 50-year-old La Parde de Haut-Bailly shapeshift into the Haut-Bailly II. Made from grapes cultivated on the same soil as the illustrious Grand Vin, the Haut Bailly II exhibits the same characteristics of pleasure and refinement as its older sibling. Situated on high ground just east of Léognan, Château Haut Bailly’s terroir benefits from gravel, sandstone and sand over limestone soils. The 39 hectares of vineyard are planted with Cabernet Sauvignon (c.60%), Merlot (c.34%), Cabernet Franc (c.3%) and Petit Verdot (c.3%). This stunning wine has the enviable ability of being able to be drunk sooner than the estate’s Grand Vin, whilst also retaining excellent ageing capabilities should you wish to add it to your cellar.