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The Story

There are few places where terroir truly affects production but Château Haut-Bailly is definitely one of those. Château Haut-Bailly has a distinctive style that harmoniously combines classicism with modernity, elegance, finesse and softness with structure. The silky smoothness of the tannins echoes the elegant yet complex aromas.


Château Haut-Bailly has great ageing potential and consistently wins praise from experts who agree that it offers complex pleasure and a richness that is neither aggressive nor ostentatious. These are natural qualities which Haut-Bailly is determined to keep.
Each year the team at Château Haut-Bailly works hard at developing the quality of the wines without interfering with nature. Since 1998, thanks to even more stringent selection controls, the wine has gained a greater depth and precision.

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This was the final Haut-Bailly to print “Cru Exceptionnel” on the label. It was a year of extreme temperatures: –4°F (–20°C) in winter and 95°F (35°C) in September and October. There was frost in winter and rain in May and June.

Mahogany colour. Attractive, earthy nose, with less of the cedarwood evident in the 1986. Much softer and suppler, naturally, but perhaps less complex in its flavours and probably not for the long haul. Enjoyable and comely now. Awarded five stars by Michael Broadbent MW in his Vintage Wines, but on the basis of this bottle it does not seem to merit quite such a high rating today. Drink now to 2015? 91

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Ruby, garnet rim. Flirting nose, cigars, minerals, cassis, touch of prunes, layered and complex. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, elegant, velvety and superb texture, long finish.
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Léognan, Pessac Leognan

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 Stuart George, Wine Writer (United Kingdom)  tasted  Château Haut-Bailly 1985  ( Château Haut-Bailly )

This was the final Haut-Bailly to print “Cru Exceptionnel” on the label. It was a year of extreme temperatures: –4°F (–20°C) in winter and 95°F (35°C) in September and October. There was frost in winter and rain in May and June.

Mahogany colour. Attractive, earthy nose, with less of the cedarwood evident in the 1986. Much softer and suppler, naturally, but perhaps less complex in its flavours and probably not for the long haul. Enjoyable and comely now. Awarded five stars by Michael Broadbent MW in his Vintage Wines, but on the basis of this bottle it does not seem to merit quite such a high rating today. Drink now to 2015? 91

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 Christer Byklum / Leading Scandinavian wine blogger, Wine Writer (Norway)  tasted  Château Haut-Bailly 1985  ( Château Haut-Bailly )

"Ruby, garnet rim. Flirting nose, cigars, minerals, cassis, touch of prunes, layered and complex. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, elegant, velvety and superb texture, long finish. "

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 Christer Byklum / Leading Scandinavian wine blogger, Wine Writer (Norway)  tasted  Château Haut-Bailly 1985  ( Château Haut-Bailly )

"Ruby, brick rim. Cigars, blackcurrants, leather, minerals beneath. Perfumed. Intense nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, mouthwatering, fresh and lively, seductive, very long finish. "

4y 4m ago

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