CHÂTEAU HAUT BAILLY
2006 Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan
Round and harmonious, silky, chalk-fine tannins. Perfectly ripe without sweetness. Lovely purity and good fruit to the finish. The beginnings of complexity. Real wine. Rating: 92 L&S (Apr 2007)
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(Sept 2007) Notably dark. Meaty, sappy nose with real race. Looks good! Great freshness. This and Domaine de Chevalier promise well for the Graves. 2013-22 Rating: 16.5 Jancis Robinson OBE MW - www.JancisRobinson.com (Sep 2007)
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. Rating: 91(+?) Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (May 2007)
Gorgeous nose, with fantastic aromas of minerals, berries and dark chocolate. Full-bodied, with supersilky tannins and lots of gorgeous fruit. Very long and refined. Very close to the 2005. This shows wonderful finesse and length for the vintage. Rating: 92-94 James Suckling, The Wine Spectator (May 2007)
Château Haut Bailly
The now very reliable Pessac-Léognan estate of Haut Bailly was revived after its purchase by Belgian Daniel Sanders. He'd married into the Bordeaux wine trade in 1919, and formed a determination to buy Haut Bailly after tasting their awesome 1945. There was much work to do upon buying the estate, some of the vines were still ungrafted for instance, and the renovation was still not complete by the time Daniel's son took over in 1979. Véronique Sanders represents the latest generation to run the estate, albeit under the benign ownership of American Robert Wilmers who bought Haut Bailly in 1998 bringing more much needed investment, the fruits of which can be seen in the high quality of today's wines. The vineyards are planted to a fairly typical "Left Bank" mix of 64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 6% Cabernet Franc.
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