The vintage promises to be powerful with very long ageing potential; it has a condensed complex structure sustained by a dazzling freshness, ideal concentration combined with superb maturity.
Colour: Deep crimson
Nose: Intense fresh black fruit and pepper notes. The Château Haut-Bailly 2010 demonstrates the precise nature of extraction to preserve the ripe fruit and in turn to give the wine finesse and silky tannins.
Palate: On the palate, the velvety mouthfeel extends until the very end, which shows the sensuality of the great wines of Graves and is so characteristic of the Haut-Bailly style.
Grape Varieties: 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc
Awards: 98pts – James Suckling; 95pts – Wine Spectator; 95pts – Wine Advocate-Parker
History of Chateau Haut Bailly
Château Haut-Bailly is a historic wine estate located in Pessac-Léognan on the left bank of the Gironde. Half a century ago, the Cabernet Sauvignon-dominant wine frequently commanded the same prices of the first growth wines and, in the 1959 Graves Classification, the château was given Grand Cru Classé status. The foundations of the modern vineyards date back to the mid-1530s, under the proprietorship of the Goyaneche and Daitze families. The estate was sold to the Bailly and Lauvarde families in 1630, who invested in the building of a manor house as well as the cultivation of the land surrounding the estate. Before his death in 1655, Bailly gave his name to the wines that were produced at the château.
The château is now owned by American banker Robert Wilmers.There are 30 hectares (74 acres) of vineyards on a high, sandy ridge with lots of sandstone and fossils. Cabernet Sauvignon makes up the majority of the vineyards, but Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot are also planted here. As well as the grand vin, the château makes a second wine, La Parde de Haut-Bailly, and a rosé.