2009 Haut Bailly Bordeaux Blend
Bordeaux Blend - 750ML

  • WA 98
  • JS 97
  • WE 95
  • WS 94
  • IWC 94
  • NM 93

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WA 98
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, February 2012
98+ A dense ruby/purple-tinged color offers up notes of forest floor subtle wood smoke mulberries black cherries cassis and a hint of lead pencil shavings. There is even a floral component lurking in the intricate... 98+ A dense ruby/purple-tinged color offers up notes of forest floor subtle wood smoke mulberries black cherries cassis and a hint of lead pencil shavings. There is even a floral component lurking in the intricate aromatic profile. The wine is medium to full-bodied with wonderful intensity that builds incrementally and has a long silky luscious finish. There is plenty of tannin but it is largely concealed by the wine's beautiful fruit and ethereal complexity. Given its virtually perfect balance this brilliant Haut-Bailly should age effortlessly for 3-4 decades. 98+
JS 97
James Suckling - jamessuckling.com, February 2012
Aromas of blackberries wet earth and mushrooms follow through to a full body with a solid core of fruit. Velvety and delicious yet wonderfully structured. Muscular wine. Best ever? Try in 2018.
WE 95
Wine Enthusiast - Wine Enthusiast, September 2012
Smooth and opulent this immediately appeals with its generous fruit and texture that feels like velvet. The structure sits under the seductive surface with a chocolate wood flavor fruit tannins and density. Age for over... Smooth and opulent this immediately appeals with its generous fruit and texture that feels like velvet. The structure sits under the seductive surface with a chocolate wood flavor fruit tannins and density. Age for over 10 years at least.
WS 94
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, March 2012
Offers a rich very dense feel but stays racy thanks to a strong graphite frame around the core of roasted fig plum sauce and maduro tobacco. Muscular but defined on the finish with a long tarry edge in reserve. This shows... Offers a rich very dense feel but stays racy thanks to a strong graphite frame around the core of roasted fig plum sauce and maduro tobacco. Muscular but defined on the finish with a long tarry edge in reserve. This shows serious depth and is more backward than most of its peers. Should really stretch out nicely in the cellar. Best from 2017 through 2035. 6665 cases made. -JM
IWC 94
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, July 2012
Medium ruby-red. Very ripe but subdued aromas of dark berries black cherry minerals woodsmoke mocha and smoky underbrush. Silky on entry then utterly smooth and seamless in the middle with outstanding concentration and... Medium ruby-red. Very ripe but subdued aromas of dark berries black cherry minerals woodsmoke mocha and smoky underbrush. Silky on entry then utterly smooth and seamless in the middle with outstanding concentration and lift to the berry tobacco and hot rock flavors. Finishes with utterly noble tannins and outstanding slowly building length and lingering perfume. This outstanding Haut-Bailly saturates every square millimeter of the palate without leaving any undue impression of weight. I was reminded of the time I was served three classy old Pessac-Leognan wines blind. I guessed that I was tasting Haut-Brion but the bottles turned out to be Haut-Bailly 1961 1945 and 1928.
NM 93
Neal Martin's Wine Journal - Neal Martin's Wine Journal, July 2013
Served blind at the Southwold 2009 tasting. The Haut-Bailly ‘09 has a sweet iodine-scented bouquet with pure creme de cassis and violets that is more Margaux than Graves, hints of black olive emerging with aeration. The... Served blind at the Southwold 2009 tasting. The Haut-Bailly ‘09 has a sweet iodine-scented bouquet with pure creme de cassis and violets that is more Margaux than Graves, hints of black olive emerging with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with fine definition. There is a lot of extraction here, lending this a more modern personality, with plenty of sweet rounded dark cherry and boysenberry fruit on the lithe finish.
JJB 96
Cory Gowan - JJ Buckley, January 2012
The 2009 Haut-Bailly is a blockbuster wine and is a must for fans of ripe rich cabernet-based Bordeaux. Composed of 64% cabernet sauvignon 30% merlot and 6% cabernet franc and aged in 55% new barrels for 16 months the... The 2009 Haut-Bailly is a blockbuster wine and is a must for fans of ripe rich cabernet-based Bordeaux. Composed of 64% cabernet sauvignon 30% merlot and 6% cabernet franc and aged in 55% new barrels for 16 months the 2009 is a darker ruby than other Pessac wines with loads of chocolate toffee and violets on the nose. Some barnyard notes also help to remind you that this is indeed French. There is an incredibly elegant wine hidden behind true power with big round and chunky tannins that should make this age very well. Drink this beauty from 2017-2035 and beyond.
Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Pessac Leognan
Vintage 2009

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.