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Located in MidWest, IL
Member Since August 8, 2000
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Château Haut-Bailly is a Graves Cru Classé estate that has really hit form in the last 5-7 years. Haut-Bailly was bought by the Sanders family in 1955 and was run by Jean Sanders until 1998 when Robert G. Wilmers, an American banker, purchased it. It is located in the commune of Léognan, which is usually more associated with white wine production.
Haut-Bailly has 28 hectares of vineyards which are very well sited on high, gravelly ground just east of Léognan village. The wine is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (65%), Merlot (25%) and Cabernet Franc (10%). It is matured in small oak barriques (50% new) for 15 months and is bottled unfined and unfiltered.
Wine Advocate - 93 Points. "This wine is splendid, undoubtedly the finest Haut-Bailly I have ever tasted. It is even better than when I first tasted it nearly 6 years ago. The huge bouquet of earthy, smoky tobacco and ripe berry fruit soars from the glass. The opulent, nearly unctuous flavors are awesomely concentrated, thick, rich, and powerful. There is not a bit of astringency and harshness left, but, rather, relatively high alcohol, and that splendidly intense, long, explosively rich finish. How long will the 1961 last? Anticipated maturity: Now-2061. ." (Bordeaux Book, 1998)
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