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1961 1961 * Rare *Chateau Haut-Bailly *(97Pts-CT)*Grand Cru Classe*Graves*Nicolas E

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Vintage: 1961
Bottle Size: Standard Bottle: 750 ml
Current Time: January 19, 2020 2:37:08 AM EDT
Listed: Thursday July 4, 2019 5:00 PM EDT
Ending: Sunday September 15, 2019 10:50 PM EDT
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One Very Rare 750ml Bottle of the Excellent and Outstanding 1961 Vintage of Château Haut-Bailly. This 1961 Vintage has been Rated a Very High  96 Points  by the highly-regarded Cellar Tracker Website.  And is one of the Century's Best and Most Developed Vintages. Please Read Their Reviews at ,  . This Bottle was Purchased from The Famous Nicolas Cellars in Paris in the Year 2000. They had Purchased it Directly from the Chateau, upon Release in 1961. The Bottle is in Pristine Condition. Here is the Chateau's Own Review of The Wine, from a Tasting that was Done at Château Haut-Bailly. Tasting- 1961 Vintage : A Deeper Color than the 1964—Bright and Luminous. A Distinctly Minty Nose, even more so than the 1986, perhaps suggesting a high Cabernet content. The mint and eucalyptus aromas evoke Pauillac rather than Graves. This is a very unlikely Haut-Bailly! Véronique did not recall the Minty Character from when she had tasted the Wine previously.  It was a Château bottling, with a correct and fully-branded Château cork, from Nicolas’ cellars.  Despite is atypicity, this is quite delicious—Sweet, Concentrated, and Harmonious—and certainly representative of the 1961 Bordeaux Vintage, if not of Haut-Bailly as an Estate. Lovely stuff, in very good condition, and arguably the best wine of the tasting. It was later voted wine of the evening. After two hours in the glass, it was still going strong, unlike the more fragile 1964. There are only three bottles of the 1961 left at the Château, lamented Véronique. Additional Information : 

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.


Haut-Bailly is renowned for its smoothness and silkiness but, since the mid 1990s, the wines have better depth of fruit as well as more grip, concentration and body. They are now amongst the top echelons of Pessac-Léognan wines. This Extremely Rare 1961  750ml Bottle is in Pristine Condition, was Purchased Directly from Nicolas Cellars in Paris in The Year 2000,  and is in Commercial Storage. Thank you for looking.



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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