2010 Château Haut-Bailly, Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan

"Deep plum/purple, Haut-Bailly’s 2010 required some coaxing to appreciate its subtle notes of barbecue smoke, lead pencil shavings and creme de cassis as well as its touches of pomegranate and forest floor. The oak is pushed far into the background and the tannins are extremely silky, but the intensity of the wine is profound and the finish lingers for close to 55 seconds. This wine is ripe yet delicate, powerful yet stylish, and essentially resembles a remarkable fashion design from a house of haute couture. This wine needs a good 7-8 years of bottle age and should keep for 40-50+ years. " 98 points, Robert Parker

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  • Region & country
    Pessac-Léognan, Graves, Bordeaux, France
  • Grape
    64% Cabernet Sauvignon
    30% Merlot
    6% Cabernet Franc
  • Maturity
    Ready 2017 - 2030
  • Colour
  • Sweetness
  • Style
  • Unit Volume
    Bottle (75cl.)
2010 Château Haut-Bailly, Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan
Château Haut-Bailly

Haut-Bailly is a story of reinvention. Its history dates back to the 16th century when the land was acquired by Parisien banker, Firmin Le Bailly and by 1878, Haut-Bailly was commanding prices that rivalled the First Growths. However it fell into a period of decline which was not reversed until 1955 when the estate was bought by Daniel Sanders, a Belgian wine merchant. His fastidious methods saw the vineyards replanted and the winery returned to its former focus on quality.

Haut-Bailly is now owned by the American Wilmers family while Daniel’s granddaughter, Véronique Sanders, is in charge. Together with winemaker Gabriel Vialard, Haut-Bailly’s reputation is stronger than ever and more than deserving of its Grand Cru Classé de Graves status. The 30 hectares of vines are predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon and there is a prized 4 hectare parcel of century-old vines which are interwoven with the key Bordeaux grape varieties. Alongside its silky Grand Vin and second wines, in certain vintages Haut-Bailly also makes a rosé de saignée.

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