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Château Haut-Bailly Red Bordeaux Blend Pessac-Léognan 2008
"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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Ruby-red. Enticing delicate aromas of fresh flowers, strawberry, ripe red cherry and a hint of minerals. Juicy and light on entry, then complex and graceful in the middle, with plenty of mouthwatering strawberry and blackcurrant flavors accented by graphite and minerals. Very well balanced on the long, satiny finish, this is as far removed from the blockbuster Napa Valley cabernet-merlot stereotype as a Bordeaux wine can be, and should make beautiful drinking in the near term. But my experience with Haut-Bailly is that it always seems light when young (sometimes too light), only to pick up considerable flesh and volume with age, so my guess is that it will still be splendid 25 years after the vintage.
The 2008 exhibits superb minerality as well as the delicacy of a great culinary preparation, packed and stacked with flavor, yet light on its feet. The 2008 will compete, perhaps eclipse the sensational 2005 and 2006. A dense ruby/purple color is fol... Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 2008 Haut Bailly 750ml
Deep ruby/purple with a wonderful nose of roasted herbs and scorched earth, this wine has sweet cherry and black currant fruit notes along with hints of graphite and toasty oak. While pure, rich, and more powerful than usual, it remains elegant and precise, characteristics of this stylish wine. Anticipated maturity: 2009ndash;2023.
Moderately saturated ruby-red. Plum, leather, pepper and oak on the fresh, aromatic nose. Suave, vibrant and penetrating, with sound acids contributing to the impression of inner-mouth energy. In fact, today the winersquo;s acids clash with the tannins, giving the finish a slight dryness. This will need considerable bottle aging to harmonize. In comparison, the 2004 has better balance, as well as more power.
A beauty, this deep ruby-colored wine offers a classic, smoky, cherry, red and black currant-scents nose, sweet, lush, forward fruit, medium body, true delicacy and elegance (as opposed to thinness and dilution), perfect balance and a lovely, long, supple, velvety-textured finish. This is a ballerina of a claret, with beautiful aromatics, lovely flavors, and impeccable equilibrium. Anticipated maturity: 2000ndash;2018.
Fine. deep purple colored wine, revealing both its vibrant fruit and its solid tannins which show it will age. Vanilla and sweet black currant on the palate, ending with elegant freshness. Haut-Bailly is performing well at the moment, and this wine shows the property at its best.
Wonderful finesse and length to this wine. Loads of plum and berry, with hints of raspberry. Full-bodied, with a solid, velvety core of ripe fruit and tannins. Long finish. One of the few Pessacs better in 2000 than 1998. American-owned. Best after 2010.
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