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Château Haut-Bailly 2010

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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
97 This vintage is a similar inky purple colour, with subtle notes of liquorice, barbecue smoke, crème de cassis, a bit more blackberry, and slightly more formidable tannic structure, but again, the tannins are well integrated and the wine constructed in a velvety, seamless (haute couture) way by Véronique Sanders. The wine coats the palate in a viscosity and richness, but there's a freshness and precision that is further indication of just how profound this wine will turn out. The wine needs another 5 to 10 years and is not as "open for business" as the 2009 will probably always be, but wow, what a spectacular wine! I suspect these are the two greatest back-to-back Haut-Baillys ever made in the long, celebrated history of this small estate in Pessac-Léognan.
Name Château Haut-Bailly
Vintage 2010
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)
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Food Pairings Lamb; Game Animals; Beef
Occasions Romantic Dinner; Celebrations; Business Dinner; Anniversary
When to Drink Enjoy over the next 20 Years