2011 Haut Bailly Bordeaux Blend

Bordeaux Blend - 6L
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JS 95 DC 94 WA 94 WE 94 NM 93 JD 92 JL 92 WS 92
JS 95

jamessuckling.com, February 2015

Wow. Wonderfully aromatic nose of currants, blackberries and lilacs. Full body but refined and beautiful. The quality of the tannins is exception. So fine. Lovely austerity and tension on the finish. Better in 2016.
DC 94

Decanter, July 2020

As with the 2007, this 2011 is bursting with pleasure right now. Carefully controlled and elegant while still being juicy, allowing the tannins to tiptoe across the palate in that way Haut-Bailly does so well. Fine...
WA 94

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, April 2014

The saturated ruby/purple-hued 2011 Haut-Bailly exhibits a glorious, subtle, noble set of aromatics consisting of red and black currants, sweet cherries, graphite, truffles and a faint hint of wood spice. The wine hits...
WE 94

Wine Enthusiast, May 2012

(WE92-94 points) Packed with dense tannins and firm fruit this is a big powerful wine. It is initially austere but with time it becomes more rounded with layers of wood tannins and rich fruit. - R.V.
NM 93

Neal Martin's Wine Journal, April 2012

(NM91-93 points) The Chateau Haut-Bailly is a blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon 47% Merlot and 3% Cabernet Franc which is close to 2000. Picking was from 9th September until the end of the month around three weeks with...
JD 92

jebdunnuck.com, October 2023

The 2011 Château Haut-Bailly has tough shoes to fill following the 2009 and 2010, yet it's clearly an outstanding wine. More medium-bodied, focused, and firm, yet with a complex, layered style, it shows the tannins on the...
JL 92

TheWineCellarInsider.com, July 2017

Forward, accessibile styled wine, with loads of upfront, earthy, smoky fruit and gentle, soft, textured tannins. Read more at:https://www.thewinecellarinsider.com/search-wine-tasting-notes/?szSearch=2011+Haut+Bailly
WS 92

Wine Spectator, March 2014

Shows a grippy feel, with lots of briar, pastis and plum sauce notes rolled together and driving through the sappy finish. Well-embedded acidity pushes everything along, while a pure echo of fruit hangs through the...


Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Pessac Leognan
Vintage 2011
Size 6L
Percent alcohol 13%
Closure Cork

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.

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.

The 2011 Haut Bailly Bordeaux Blend, originating from the Pessac-Léognan sub-region of Bordeaux, France, is a distinguished red wine produced by Haut Bailly. This vintage consists of 64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, and 6% Cabernet Franc, meticulously aged for 16 months in 50-65% new barrels. The wine is noted for its alcohol content of 13.0% and is sealed with a cork closure.

Cory Gowan of JJ Buckley awarded this wine a score of 95, describing it as a "medium bright red" with a "soft, pure, and very fragrant" nose featuring aromas of tar and blackberry liqueur. Gowan praised its ripe and pure palate with "intense blue fruit flavors" followed by firm tannins and a "longest unhurried finish." He noted that this vintage, owned by American Robert Wilmers since 1998, represents a significant quality resurgence for Château Haut-Bailly.

Wine Enthusiast gave the 2011 Haut Bailly a score of 94, highlighting its "dense tannins and firm fruit" as indicative of a "big, powerful wine." The review noted the wine's initial austerity, which gives way to more rounded layers of wood tannins and rich fruit over time.

Neal Martin’s Wine Journal rated the wine at 93 points, emphasizing its "crisp and fine purity" with notes of blackberry, cassis, crushed stone, and oyster shell. Martin appreciated the wine's lower alcohol content compared to the 2010 vintage, describing it as "very well balanced and silky smooth" with a "composed and refined" finish.

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate also awarded the wine 94 points, praising its "glorious, subtle, noble set of aromatics" including red and black currants, sweet cherries, graphite, truffles, and wood spice. Parker noted its "profound elegance and purity," suggesting it will benefit from additional bottle age and evolve effortlessly for 20-25 years.

James Suckling gave a commendable score of 95, describing the wine as "wonderfully aromatic" with an exceptional tannin quality. He recommended consuming it from 2016 onwards.

Other reviews include Wine Spectator's 92 points, Decanter's 94 points, and Jeff Leve and Jeb Dunnuck each offering 92 points, all noting its balanced tannins, pure fruit, and potential for graceful aging. This vintage has garnered consistent accolades, positioning it as a noteworthy selection for Bordeaux enthusiasts.