Take advantage of this amazing pre-sell buying opportunity on one of the great chateaux of Pessac Leognan: Haut-Bailly 1er Grand Cru Classe!
“Their enormous investments in both the viticulture and the estate as well as the winemaking facility have paid off brilliantly over the last decade. Kudos Haut-Bailly!” Robert Parker
A UNIQUE TERROIR
Château Haut-Bailly has a unique terroir and it is this which gives its wine such remarkable character and elegance. Terroir encompasses topography – where a vineyard is situated – but also climate – sun, heat, rain, wind, humidity – and the soil in which the vines are grown.
Just a stone’s throw away from the city of Bordeaux, Château Haut-Bailly, one of the most prestigious Cru Classé de Graves, sits majestically in a 30 hectare (74 acres) vineyard at the heart of the Graves region on the left bank of the river Garonne. The soil consists of sand mixed with the gravel that gives the Graves appellation its name. From a 32-hectare (79-acre) estate, the vineyard area extends 28 hectares (69 acres) with the plantings are divided up as 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc.
The grapes for Haut-Bailly are harvested by hand, processed, and then fermented for up to ten days in both temperature controlled stainless steel and concrete vats of varying sizes. After maceration the wines are aged for eighteen months in oak barrels, many of which are new.
In total the estate produces 150,000 bottles annually. In a typical vintage, between thirty and forty percent of the wine is relegated to the estate’s second wine, La Parde de Haut-Bailly, produced since 1967, but under the name Domaine de la Parde until 1979. A generic Pessac-Léognan third wine is produced since 1987. Unlike many producers from the Graves appellation, no white wine is made at Haut-Bailly.
If great wine results from a harmonious relationship between man, the vine, and nature, the most subtle of these three elements is the soil. Positioned on a high ridge of land excellent for drainage, the soil is sandy and mixed with gravel, sitting on a layer of sandstone petrified with the remains of prehistoric fossil shells. All this contributes to the special character in Haut-Bailly wines.
There are few places where terroir truly affects production but Château Haut-Bailly is definitely one of those. Château Haut-Bailly has a distinctive style that harmoniously combines classicism with modernity, elegance, finesse and softness with structure. The silky smoothness of the tannins echoes the elegant yet complex aromas.
Château Haut-Bailly has great ageing potential and consistently wins praise from critics and experts who agree that it offers complex pleasure and a richness that is neither aggressive nor ostentatious. These are natural qualities which Haut-Bailly is determined to keep.
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“A quintessential example of pure finesse, elegance, harmony and delicacy is combined into a wine that lingers intensely with near-perfect poise and character. Haut-Bailly’s ethereal character is virtually unmatched in Bordeaux. In a few short years, new proprietor Robert Wilmers and his winemaker, Veronique Sanders, have raised Haut-Bailly’s quality to the level of Pape-Clement, La Mission-Haut-Brion, and Haut-Brion.”
1998 Chateau Haut-Bailly $115.00* (WS94)
2000 Chateau Haut-Bailly $135.00* (RP91)
2002 Chateau Haut-Bailly $65.00* (RP90)
2003 Chateau Haut-Bailly $70.00* (RP91)
2005 Chateau Haut-Bailly $145.00* (RP95)
2006 Chateau Haut-Bailly $80.00* (RP95)
2007 Chateau Haut-Bailly $58.00* (RP90)
2008 Chateau Haut-Bailly $115.00* (RP96)
“A candidate for the -wine of the vintage”
2009 Chateau Haut-Bailly $199.00* (RP100)
” It goes from strength to strength, and it is not surprising that it is now one of the perfect wines of this great, great vintage – the finest vintage of Bordeaux that I have tasted in 37 years…”
2010 Chateau Haut-Bailly $199.00* (RP98)
” …ripe yet delicate, powerful yet stylish, and essentially resembles a remarkable fashion design from a house of haute couture.”
La Parde De Haut-Bailly – Second Wine
2005 La Parde de Haut-Bailly Magnum (1.5L) $75.00*
2006 La Parde de Haut-Bailly Magnum (1.5L) $61.00*
2008 La Parde de Haut-Bailly Magnum (1.5L) $59.00*
2009 La Parde de Haut-Bailly Magnum (1.5L) $80.00*
2010 La Parde de Haut-Bailly Magnum (1.5L) $80.00*
2010 La Parde de Haut-Bailly (750ml) $38.00*