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Château Haut-Bailly Red Bordeaux Blend Pessac-Léognan 2006

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Since Robert G. Wilmers purchased Chateau Haut-Bailly in 1998, Véronique Sanders has managed the Haut-Bailly estate; she is dedicated to the development of the estate with the aim of proving that Haut-Bailly deserves its ranking of “cru exceptionnel”. The 2006 Haut-Bailly has a very deep colour, a fresh, intense, fruity character and, somewhat surprisingly, an impressive tannic structure. The Merlot wines are smooth, and the Cabernet Sauvignon ones are powerful. 2006 Haut-Bailly is well-balanced, classy, silky, and elegant - in short, a great wine, typical of its terroir! Robert Parker raves, "A superb success for the vintage, the 2006 exhibits a deep ruby/purple hue as well as a poised, classic bouquet of sweet black cherries, graphite, camphor, truffles, and a subtle hint of oak. Medium-bodied with a stunningly layered texture, impressive purity, and beautiful balance, this cuvee is haute couture in a glass. Although surprisingly approachable, it won’t hit its adolescent stage for 8-10 years, and will last for 25-30 years thereafter. Bravo! It is extraordinary to see what the American proprietor, a banker from Buffalo, NY, Robert Wilmers and Veronique Sanders, the granddaughter of the former proprietor, have accomplished at Haut-Bailly. Together they are pushing this outstanding terroir to first-growth quality levels. It is an amazing success story, and readers looking for a quintessentially elegant Bordeaux need look no further than Haut-Bailly."

Château Haut-Bailly:
Chateau Haut-Bailly is situated on the left bank of the River Garonne, south of Bordeaux  in the commune of  Pessac-Léognan –  home to all the Graves Crus Classés. A vineyard with 30 hectares (74 acres) of planted vines on one piece of  land, it sits on a high ridge overlooking a small winding road leading from Leognan to Cadaujac. The sloping terrain ... Read more
Chateau Haut-Bailly is situated on the left bank of the River Garonne, south of Bordeaux  in the commune of  Pessac-Léognan –  home to all the Graves Crus Classés. A vineyard with 30 hectares (74 acres) of planted vines on one piece of  land, it sits on a high ridge overlooking a small winding road leading from Leognan to Cadaujac. The sloping terrain is well-graded and has excellent drainage. If great wine results from a harmonious relationship between man, the vine, and nature – a concept the French call terroir – the most subtle of these three elements is the soil. At Haut-Bailly, it is sandy, mixed with gravel, and rests on a subsoil of sandstone petrified with the remains of prehistoric fossil shells. All this contributes to the special character of Haut-Bailly wine. Read less

Member Reviews for Château Haut-Bailly Red Bordeaux Blend Pessac-Léognan

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Snooth User: Rodolphe Boulanger
63471,856
4.00 5
01/27/2009

Wood furniture and spice nose. Spice, orange peel on the palate. Light and elegant with great fruit. A top Pessac.


Snooth User: VegasOenophile
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3.00 5
01/30/2012

- WS Grand Tour 2011


Snooth User: Barberolo
721003,140
4.00 5
01/01/2013

Four glasses


External Reviews for Château Haut-Bailly Red Bordeaux Blend Pessac-Léognan

External Review
08/13/2013

Full ruby-red. Sappy aromas of black and blue fruits, licorice pastille and menthol lifted by a floral topnote. Then tight, dry and classic on the palate, with terrific energy and an impression of weightlessness to the youthfully imploded flavors of black fruits, minerals, camphor, cedar and tobacco. As smooth as it is, it's also quite serious and uncompromising. Showing better than a sample I tasted last year right after the bottling, but still an infant. Offers impressive cellaring potential.


External Review
08/13/2013

Berries, mineral and violet on the nose follow through to a full body, with chewy tannins and a beautiful floral finish. Starts out earthy, but turns rich and beautiful. Evolves beautifully in the glass. Best after 2013.


External Review
01/16/2009

This is historically one of the most ethereal and elegant wines of Bordeaux, and under the new proprietor, American banker, Robert Wilmers, backed up by Veronique Sanders, the granddaughter of the for... Robert Parker. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 2006 Haut Bailly 750ml


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
12/22/2012

Berries, mineral and violet on the nose follow through to a full body, with chewy tannins and a beautiful floral finish. Starts out earthy, but turns rich and beautiful. Evolves beautifully in the glass. Best after 2013.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/10/2013

A superb success for the vintage, the 2006 exhibits a deep ruby/purple hue as well as a poised, classic bouquet of sweet black cherries, graphite, camphor, truffles, and a subtle hint of oak. Medium-bodied with a stunningly layered texture, impressive purity, and beautiful balance, this cuvee is haute couture in a glass. Although surprisingly approachable, it wonandrsquo;t hit its adolescent stage for 8andndash;10 years, and will last for 25andndash;30 years thereafter. Bravo!


External Review
03/03/2009

Berries, mineral and violet on the nose follow through to a full body, with chewy tannins and a beautiful floral finish. Starts out earthy, but turns rich and beautiful. Evolves beautifully in the glass. Best after 2013. 6,665 cases made. Wine Spectator. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 2006 Haut Bailly 750ml


External Review
08/13/2013

A superb success for the vintage, the 2006 exhibits a deep ruby/purple hue as well as a poised, classic bouquet of sweet black cherries, graphite, camphor, truffles, and a subtle hint of oak. Medium-bodied with a stunningly layered texture, impressive purity, and beautiful balance, this cuvee is haute couture in a glass. Although surprisingly approachable, it won’t hit its adolescent stage for 8–10 years, and will last for 25–30 years thereafter. Bravo!


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Since Robert G. Wilmers purchased Chateau Haut-Bailly in 1998, Véronique Sanders has managed the Haut-Bailly estate; she is dedicated to the development of the estate with the aim of proving that Haut-Bailly deserves its ranking of “cru exceptionnel”. The 2006 Haut-Bailly has a very deep colour, a fresh, intense, fruity character and, somewhat surprisingly, an impressive tannic structure. The Merlot wines are smooth, and the Cabernet Sauvignon ones are powerful. 2006 Haut-Bailly is well-balanced, classy, silky, and elegant - in short, a great wine, typical of its terroir! Robert Parker raves, "A superb success for the vintage, the 2006 exhibits a deep ruby/purple hue as well as a poised, classic bouquet of sweet black cherries, graphite, camphor, truffles, and a subtle hint of oak. Medium-bodied with a stunningly layered texture, impressive purity, and beautiful balance, this cuvee is haute couture in a glass. Although surprisingly approachable, it won’t hit its adolescent stage for 8-10 years, and will last for 25-30 years thereafter. Bravo! It is extraordinary to see what the American proprietor, a banker from Buffalo, NY, Robert Wilmers and Veronique Sanders, the granddaughter of the former proprietor, have accomplished at Haut-Bailly. Together they are pushing this outstanding terroir to first-growth quality levels. It is an amazing success story, and readers looking for a quintessentially elegant Bordeaux need look no further than Haut-Bailly."

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