34 Ratings
Chateau Haut-Bailly Pessac-Leognan

Wine Details

Wine Description

(2004 Vintage) The winter, like the spring of 2013, was characterized by rain and a lack of sunshine. The water table could re-establish itself, but the growth cycle started late and slowly. In June, both Merlots and Cabernets flowered simultaneously. But important rainfall made it complicated and generated “coulure” and “millerandage”. July was hot and dry, resulting in small grapes. September, with its mild temperatures, left us waiting for the late harvest. At the end of the month, a wave of low pressure coming in from the Atlantic brought warm, wet weather… as well as a botrytis threat. Our quick reactions and flexibility along with sorting and selection were crucial to ensure that only ripe, concentrated fruit went into the cellar. A slow and gentle vinification was carried out at 25°C, preserving fresh fruit flavours and extracting soft yet elegant tannins. A number of elements, including the losses in spring, small grapes and meticulous sorting explain the low yields. Very nice batches combining fruit and elegance have resulted in the creation of a wine that lives up to Haut-Bailly’s standards of quality.

(2004 Vintage) Experts on the subject of soil will tell you that Haut Bailly boasts one of the finest terroirs in the Pessac-Leognan appellation. The wine made here has always been fine but in recent years it has reached a new level of excellence.

Expert Reviews
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  • Robert Parker
    (2010 Vintage) Rating: 98/100 - As reviewed by Robert Parker on 02/21/2013
  • Wine Spectator
    (1945 Vintage) Rating: 94/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 03/16/86
  • Decanter
    (1990 Vintage) Rating: 4/5 - As reviewed by Decanter. Intense, rich, reserved nose of ripe fruit aromas. Attractive, plummy with lots of fruit flavours and a fine ripe finish.