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Château Haut-Bailly 2009

$928.00 per bottle

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Château Haut-Bailly is a Graves Cru Classé estate that has really hit form in the last 5-7 years.

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Château Haut-Bailly is a Graves Cru Classé estate that has really hit form in the last 5-7 years.

Haut-Bailly was bought by the Sanders family in 1955 and was run by Jean Sanders until 1998, when Robert G. Wilmers, an American banker, purchased it. It is located in the commune of Léognan, which is usually more associated with white wine production. Haut-Bailly has 28 hectares of vineyards which are very well sited on high, gravelly ground just east of Léognan village.

Haut-Bailly is renowned for its smoothness and silkiness but, since the mid 1990s, the wines have better depth of fruit as well as more grip, concentration, and body. They are now amongst the top echelons of Pessac-Léognan wines.

Robert Parker
Robert Parker
100 I have had this wine now four separate times since I wrote my official review after bottling of the 2009s. 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 covering that epicenter for world-class quality in wine. Much of it is attributable to winemaker Véronique Sanders and her boss, Robert Wilmers. Their incredibly draconian selection process and their enormous investments in both the viticulture and the estate as well as the winemaking facility have paid off brilliantly over the last decade. The 2009, which has an opaque ruby/purple colour, an extraordinary nose of high-quality unsmoked cigar tobacco, graphite, blackcurrants, and spice, hits the palate with a medium- to full-bodied, saturated and rich mouthfeel, but an elegant and ethereal quality that is difficult to articulate. It is rich and complex, and tastes as if it were the vinous equivalent of a remarkable haute-couture creation from the late Coco Chanel. It is full-bodied yet elegant, powerful yet delicate, and remarkably velvety-textured, sumptuous, and loaded with upside potential. It can be approached now, as most 2009s tend to be, given their richness of fruit, low acidity, and extraordinary concentration, but the great complexity that will emerge from this fabulous terroir is at least a decade away, and this wine is set for 50 or more years of longevity. Kudos to Haut-Bailly! Drink 2015-2065.
Name Château Haut-Bailly
Vintage 2009
Type Rouge / Red
Appellation Pessac-Léognan
Classification Grand Cru Classé de Graves
Grape Varieties Cabernet Sauvignon; Merlot; Cabernet Franc
Format 750ml
Average Age of Vines 35 years
Production 80,000 bottles
Soil Iron-rich sand and gravels
Winemaking 3 weeks' fermentation and maceration in concrete vats
Ageing 15 months in oak barrels (60% new oak)
Food Pairings Lamb; Game Animals; Beef
Occasions Romantic Dinner; Celebrations; Business Dinner; Anniversary
When to Drink Enjoy over the next 20 Years