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Pessac-Leognan de Chateau Haut Bailly Rouge 2011

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Again in 2011 Château Haut-Bailly produced another outstanding wine. This “Pessac-Léognan” is referred to as the 3rd red wine of Château Haut-Bailly which is known for their Cabernet Sauvignon dominant blend with Merlot and Cabernet Franc. The Pessac Leognan is in Graves, Bordeaux, and the area is known for earthy Bordeaux reds that are very elegant in style; which is exemplified in this 2011 Pessac Leognan de Chateau Haut-Bailly. It is already approachable, showing rich flavors of dark berries and fine texture typical of Haut-Bailly. Proprietor Robert Wilmers and general manager/winemaker Veronique Sanders have done an extraordinary job at this estate, which has now become one of the superstars of Bordeaux as recent vintages have admirably demonstrated.

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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

External Reviews for Pessac-Leognan de Chateau Haut Bailly Rouge

External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
07/14/2012

Very polished, with an alluring incense and licorice edge to the core of supple black cherry, anise and plum sauce flavors. Suave black tea and tar hints chime on the finish, but this stays open-knit and rounded. Drink now through 2018 Wine Spectator. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 2009 Le Parde de Haut Bailly 1500ml


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
01/03/2013

Second wine of Haut-Bailly, with 44% cabernet sauvignon, 40% merlot, 16% cabernet franc. Deep, vibrant, opaque ruby. Luscious, ripe aromas leap from the glass, with black cherry, crème de cassis, a touch of plum, and crushed rocks. Such a complex and... Cory Gowan. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 2009 Le Parde de Haut Bailly 1500ml


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
11/14/2013

64% cabernet sauvignon 30% merlot and 6% cabernet franc aged for 16 months in 50-65% new barrels. Situated on a 30 hectare plot its unique gravelly sand soils sit on fossil-rich subsoil. The 2011 vintage is a medium bright red. Soft pure and very fragrant on the nose a hallmark of Haut-Bailly this has aromas of tar and blackberry liqueur. With a soft entry this is ripe and pure on the palate with intense blue fruit flavors before yielding to some firm tannins. Though this will take some time to come together it also has one of the longest unhurried finishes of any 2011 Pessac. Owned by American Robert Wilmers since 1998 Chateau Haut-Bailly has seen a tremendous resurgence in quality. Well done. Tasted twice. Enjoy 2016-2026. Cory Gowan.


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
12/02/2011

Blueberry and dark berries with hints of spices and flowers. Full body, with bright and creamy acidity and firm tannins. Lively and fruity. Firm. Second wine of Haut-Bailly. James Suckling. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 2010 Le Parde de Haut Bailly 750ml


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
03/09/2013

Attractive spicy nose with coffee and chocolate. Some juniper and black pepper. Blueberries and dark cherries. Vibrant and smooth on the palate with good fruit and fine soft tannins. Smooth, long finish. Second wine of Haut-Bailly. Drink after 2015. James Suckling. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 2010 Le Parde de Haut Bailly 750ml


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
05/16/2012

Tightly wound, with a good chalky vibrancy and taut red currant, damson plum and bitter cherry notes that show ample length. Tasted non-blind.-J.M. Wine Spectator. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 2011 Mission Haut Brion, La 6000ml


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
11/14/2013

Tightly wound with a good chalky vibrancy and taut red currant damson plum and bitter cherry notes that show ample length. Tasted non-blind.-J.M. Wine Spectator.


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Again in 2011 Château Haut-Bailly produced another outstanding wine. This “Pessac-Léognan” is referred to as the 3rd red wine of Château Haut-Bailly which is known for their Cabernet Sauvignon dominant blend with Merlot and Cabernet Franc. The Pessac Leognan is in Graves, Bordeaux, and the area is known for earthy Bordeaux reds that are very elegant in style; which is exemplified in this 2011 Pessac Leognan de Chateau Haut-Bailly. It is already approachable, showing rich flavors of dark berries and fine texture typical of Haut-Bailly. Proprietor Robert Wilmers and general manager/winemaker Veronique Sanders have done an extraordinary job at this estate, which has now become one of the superstars of Bordeaux as recent vintages have admirably demonstrated.

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