2008 Haut Bailly Bordeaux Blend
Bordeaux Blend - 750ML
  • WA 96
  • WE 93
  • JS 92
  • IWC 92
  • WS 90

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WA 96
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, May 2011
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... 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!
WE 93
Wine Enthusiast - Wine Enthusiast, April 2011
While at this young stage there may be toasty aromas there is also intense perfumed fruit. This complex distinguished wine is polished with plenty of bright fruits and acidity. R.V.
JS 92
James Suckling - jamessuckling.com, December 2010
Wonderful nose of decadent fruit and chocolate with hints of meat and flowers. Full bodied with well-integrated tannins and a spicy silky and long finish. Tight now but so fine and dense. Give it four to five years of... Wonderful nose of decadent fruit and chocolate with hints of meat and flowers. Full bodied with well-integrated tannins and a spicy silky and long finish. Tight now but so fine and dense. Give it four to five years of bottle age. So lovely. Best after 2013.
IWC 92
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, August 2011
Bright ruby-red. Perfumed aromas and flavors of currant, violet, licorice, minerals and tobacco. Concentrated, sappy and quite dry; densely packed, but explosive inner-mouth energy gives this a compelling light touch. ... Bright ruby-red. Perfumed aromas and flavors of currant, violet, licorice, minerals and tobacco. Concentrated, sappy and quite dry; densely packed, but explosive inner-mouth energy gives this a compelling light touch. The long, palate-staining finish features serious tannins. Quite backward for the vintage, and showing no easy sweetness today. 92+
WS 90
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, April 2011
Racy and slightly taut, with red currant and cherry pit notes laced with grilled herb and warm stone. There's a sinewy edge on the finish, with more minerality than fruit for now, but this adds some flesh as it airs... Racy and slightly taut, with red currant and cherry pit notes laced with grilled herb and warm stone. There's a sinewy edge on the finish, with more minerality than fruit for now, but this adds some flesh as it airs, showing subtle persistence. Drink now through 2016. – JM
Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Pessac Leognan
Vintage 2008

Label

Chateau Haut-Bailly, says Robert Parker Jr., “is a wine of undeniable finesse, elegance and restraint.” Marked by sophistication and supple tannins, historically—like most top-quality Bordeaux—it has been at its finest after some years of bottle age.

However, in recent years, the wines are increasingly attractive in their youth. This does not seem to affect the age-worthiness of the wine. It merely broadens the timespan for enjoyment. Indeed, steady improvements in winemaking and viticulture are raising overall quality to new levels.

Winery

Haut Bailly

Chateau Haut-Bailly, an esteemed Cru Classé de Graves, lies in a 30 hectare (74 acres) vineyard near the center of the region. On the left bank of the river Garonne, it is positioned on a high sandy ridge mixed with gravel, atop a layer of sandstone and fossil shell remains. This terroir gives Haut Bailly wines distinctive character and refinement.

The property featured vines in 1461 or earlier, and from 1530s one could see a focused wine estate taking shape. That estate changed hands over the centuries and was handed down from generation to generation, each leaving their stamp. Today, Chateau Haut Bailly is owned by Robert G. Wilmers, an American businessman devoted to Bordeaux Grands Crus. His stewardship and investment has brought Haut Bailly to new heights but all in keeping with the estates strong heritage.

The long heritage of Chateau Haut Bailly is represented by 4 hectares of own-rooted, century-old vines. The remainder of the vineyard, on carefully selected rootstock, is Cabernet Sauvignon focused with 34% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc, and 3% Petit Verdot available to create complex, well-rounded wines.