Château Haut-Bailly, 2001

Pessac-Léognan, Bordeaux, France

Château Haut-Bailly, 2001

Pessac-Léognan, Bordeaux, France



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Grape Varietes: Cabernet Sauvignon 56%, Merlot 38%, Cabernet Franc 6% Wine Style: Left Bank Bordeaux Winemaker: Veronique Saunders Optimum Drinking: 2017-2020 Reviewer Rating: 90 Reviewer: Code: 102567
Estate Notes

Château Haut-Bailly 2001 was purchased in its original wooden case, and is a big, powerful Bordeaux drinking exceptionally well now, with a few more years promise in bottle.

Proprietor Robert Wilmers and general manager/winemaker Veronique Sanders have done an extraordinary job at Haut-Bailly, which has become one of the superstars of the Graves. And many consider the wines of Haut-Bailly to now be on a par with some of the great growths of the Médoc, but with a much smaller price tag.


"The deep ruby/purple-tinged 2001 Haut-Bailly reveals sweet, pure, elegant aromas of currants, toast, and cigar smoke. With wonderful sweetness, fine tannins, a delicate, nuanced personality, and a long, persistent finish, this well-made, impressive Pessac-Leognan will provide plenty of pleasure over the next 12-14 years."

"Nose dominated by nutty oak. Supple, sexy and rather full-blown for a young Haut-Bailly, with expressive flavors of currant, tobacco, licorice and spicy, nutty oak. A fairly dense, lush wine whose tannins are rather pronounced today. Ultimately less long than the 2002, though. Sanders describes this wine as "denser than the '99 and more classic than our 2000." Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar