For over four centuries, Château Haut-Bailly has overlooked a 30 hectare vineyard in a single block. The soil consists of sand and gravel from the Quaternary Period and the subsoil has a high proportion of fossils (shell marl). Haut-Bailly's reputation as one of the great wines of Bordeaux dates from the 19th century, and the word "outstanding" most often associated with the château reflects its superb quality. Robert G. Wilmers, owner since 1998, and the current manager, Véronique Sanders, have very demanding standards that entail using the best of traditional and modern methods, with full respect for the environment. A quarter of the vines at Haut-Bailly are a hundred years old, and the estate has a unique terroir that accounts for wines of amazing regularity. These great wines have an inimitable style, finesse, and elegance, whatever the vintage.
Wine Advocate-Parker :
The 2012 Haut Bailly is a brilliant wine for the vintage. It has a very intense bouquet with scents of blackberry, bilberry, cedar and a touch of pencil lead. This is very well defined and focused. The palate is medium-bodied with quite firm tannin, certainly one of the most structured Pessac-Léognan wines that I have encountered, yet it is struck through with wonderful balance and focus. It tightens up a little on the finish, a 2012 built for long-term drinking pleasure, and as such, I would afford it five or six more years in bottle if wishing to experience this in full flight. Tasted March 2017.
|Grape varieties||Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot/Cabernet Franc|
|Producer/Bottled by||CHATEAU HAUT BAILLY 33850 LEOGNAN FRANCE|
- R. Gabriel : 18
- J. Robinson : 17
- Vineyard : Graves
- Wine Spectator : 93
- Country : France
- Grape varieties : Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot/Cabernet Franc