Pessac Leognan Protected Designation of Origin and Great Classed Growth
Chateau Haut Bailly is a Grand Cru Classe in the Pessac Leognan designation (Graves Classification of 1959) that is located on the left bank of the Garonne (South of Bordeaux). In 1998, the Sanders family sold it to the American banker, Robert Wilmers. The Haut Bailly vineyard covers 30 hectares of 35-year-old vines that grow on sandy-gravel soil and that are grown according to the sustainable winegrowing principles. Four grape varieties grow in the vineyard: Cabernet Sauvignon (60%), Merlot (34%), Cabernet Franc (3%), and Petit Verdot (3%).
Chateau Haut Bailly's wines are of exceptional quality and are listed among the best wines of the Pessac Leognan designation. The owner chose Veronique Sanders, the granddaughter of Haut Bailly's previous owner, to manage the estate. One of her biggest challenges is to keep the same production volume, while maintaining the best quality possible, worthy of the greatest Bordeaux red wines, in the best years. Chateau Haut Bailly produces 3 red wines and 1 Bordeaux Rose in the best years. Haut Bailly great red wine (first wine) is of great elegance and displays very distinctive Morello cherry flavours. In its youth, the wine's tannins are quite strong, but over the years, they get an impressive silky texture. For its best years (2015, 2014, 2010, 2009, 2005, 2001, 2000, 1999, 1995, 1990, 1989, 1988, 1986), Haut Bailly produced grands crus that were praised by internal critics with the greatest tasting notes scores (like in 2009, when Robert Parker rewarded it with the highest score of 100/100). Finally, this great wine shows a great ageing potential (10 to 25 years, and even more). The second wine is called "La Parde Haut Bailly" and shows the same delight and finesse as the first wine. It's more accessible, as it becomes a delectable wine after 5 years in the cellar. A third wine called "Pessac Leognan" is made from the youngest vines of Domaine Haut Bailly. Finally, the "Rose de Haut Bailly" is made from the saignee method (the wine juice has controlled contact with the grape skins for a while in the tank) of Cabernet Sauvignon, a few hours after the maceration process has begun. It's a fruity wine full of flower flavours. These Haut Bailly red wines are sought after by wine enthusiasts for their impressive quality.
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