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  • Decanting time

    2h
  • When to drink

    now to 2035
  • Food Pairing

    Grilled Leg of Lamb with Merlot Marinade

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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Vintage 1999

1999 has been a early vintage with mid-flowering on May 31, four days ahead of the ten-year average. In spite of adverse weather conditions in early June, flowering took place rapidly and uniformly so that mid-veraison, when the grapes change colour, was declared on August 4, the same as 1989.

1999 was warmer and somewhat wetter than normal, marked once again by inclement conditions during picking... Since maturity seemed to be coming on much faster than expected, with high sugar content and low acidity, we decided to make a very early trial run –on September 10 and 16 – from a parcel planted to young Merlot grafted on Riparia Gloire.

Picking only began in earnest on September 22, completed by October 5 but we seemed to be constantly juggling with the unpredictable weather and the risks of rot setting in. However, as it happened the grapes turned out to be in an excellent sanitary state thanks to the special care taken over the way the vines were looked after right through the summer: thinning the grapes considerably and de-leafing both sides towards end August...

A wine virtually « custom-built », but nevertheless stamped with a brand of classicism, a very Haut- Bailly vintage! 

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The first vintage of the Wilmers regime. The warm and wet conditions led to the risk of rot and “kept us on tenterhooks,” remembered Véronique. Picking took place between 22 September and 5 October during mixed weather.

Purple core, turning to garnet at the rim. A “cool” character pervades this wine. It has developed flavours and is not especially long or concentrated but is typically balanced and elegant. Drink now to 2015? “A very pleasant wine, very charming” was Véronique’s assessment. After Mr Parker’s first judgment it was awarded 78 points but, after bottling, was finally upgraded to 88. The initial score caused some soul searching at Haut-Bailly, but Robert Wilmers insisted that no radical changes be made and opted to retain the estate’s “classic style.” As Gabriel Vialard puts it, “the owner changed, but the style didn’t.”

I will agree with Mr Parker for once. 88

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Origin

Léognan, Pessac Leognan

Vintage Quality

Above Average

Value For Money

Good

Investment potential

No Potential

Fake factory

None

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 Stuart George, Wine Writer (United Kingdom)  tasted  Château Haut-Bailly 1999  ( Château Haut-Bailly )

The first vintage of the Wilmers regime. The warm and wet conditions led to the risk of rot and “kept us on tenterhooks,” remembered Véronique. Picking took place between 22 September and 5 October during mixed weather.

Purple core, turning to garnet at the rim. A “cool” character pervades this wine. It has developed flavours and is not especially long or concentrated but is typically balanced and elegant. Drink now to 2015? “A very pleasant wine, very charming” was Véronique’s assessment. After Mr Parker’s first judgment it was awarded 78 points but, after bottling, was finally upgraded to 88. The initial score caused some soul searching at Haut-Bailly, but Robert Wilmers insisted that no radical changes be made and opted to retain the estate’s “classic style.” As Gabriel Vialard puts it, “the owner changed, but the style didn’t.”

I will agree with Mr Parker for once. 88

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