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Château Haut-Bailly Red Bordeaux Blend Pessac-Léognan 2008

Winemaker's Notes:

"A candidate for the *wine of the vintage,* the 2008 Haut-Bailly possesses incredible complexity. Tell-tale notes of lead pencil shavings, charcoal, damp earth, black cherries and black currants intermixed with a hint of subtle barbecue smoke are present in this classic, quintessential Graves. Medium-bodied with an emerging, precocious complexity, it is a super-pure, beautifully textured, long wine that can be drunk now or cellared for 20-25 years. Bravo!"*-Robert Parker (96 points)*

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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12/30/2011

Five glasses


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

External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
09/27/2011

Shows enticing aromas of blackberries and cherries that follow through to a medium-bodied palate, with fine tannins and a medium finish. Subtle and refined. Best after 2007.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
09/27/2011

Loads of plum, berry and cherry aromas. Full-bodied, with velvety tannins and a long, long finish. Very well done and superfine. Best after 2008.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
09/27/2011

Good bright red. Raspberry, tobacco and minerals on the very fresh nose. Sweet and lush but firm, with very rich, spicy flavors ofd currant, tobacco and toasty oak. Rather full in alcohol and distinctly silky in texture but not all overextracted. An impressively concentrated and exuberant 2003, finishing with substantial dusty tannins.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

A candidate for the ldquo;wine of the vintage,rdquo; the 2008 Haut-Bailly possesses incredible complexity. Tell-tale notes of lead pencil shavings, charcoal, damp earth, black cherries and black currants intermixed with a hint of subtle barbecue smoke are present in this classic, quintessential Graves. Medium-bodied with an emerging, precocious complexity, it is a super-pure, beautifully textured, long wine that can be drunk now or cellared for 20ndash;25 years. Bravo!


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

The rsquo;98 seems more candied in its fruit character, its sweet red and black cherry flavor set into the smoked meat scent of wood. Superripe, it has an energetic appeal.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

This is one of the lightest, most elegant offerings from Pressac-Leognan. As I have learned the hard way, Haut-Bailly often tastes light and innocuous when young, but 5ndash;7 years later, it is a different story. This is due primarily to the abundant Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend (47% along with 53% Merlot, and oddly, no Cabernet Franc). The deep ruby-colored 2000 is one of the most impressive youthful Haut-Baillys I have ever tasted. It reveals endearing notes of black cherries, raspberries, and currants mixed with tobacco smoke, soil overtones and subtle wood. The acidity is low, the tannin is present, and the overall quality is pure and well-balanced. Anticipated maturity: 2007ndash;2025.


External Review
05/15/2012

A candidate for the -wine of the vintage,- the 2008 Haut-Bailly possesses incredible complexity. Tell-tale notes of lead pencil shavings, charcoal, damp earth, black cherries and black currants intermixed with a hint of subtle barbecue smoke are pres... Robert Parkers Wine Advocate. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 2008 Haut Bailly 750ml


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"A candidate for the *wine of the vintage,* the 2008 Haut-Bailly possesses incredible complexity. Tell-tale notes of lead pencil shavings, charcoal, damp earth, black cherries and black currants intermixed with a hint of subtle barbecue smoke are present in this classic, quintessential Graves. Medium-bodied with an emerging, precocious complexity, it is a super-pure, beautifully textured, long wine that can be drunk now or cellared for 20-25 years. Bravo!"*-Robert Parker (96 points)*

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