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  • Decanting time

    2h
  • When to drink

    2020-2035

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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Draconian green-harvesting was done in July, so that by the end of the summer there were only six bunches left per vine and the crop was reduced to 39hl/ha. It rained on 22-23 September but picking began on 24 September, with the parcels of young Merlots. The Cabernets were begun in early October and finished on 11 October.

Purple core, turning to garnet at the rim. Still quite closed, though with a similar earthy character to the 2004, albeit leaner and “cooler.” Christmas-cake flavours suggest Merlot to the fore on the palate. Juicy acidity but less potent tannin than the 2005 or 2004, and overall much lighter and finer – welterweight rather than middleweight. “The finish is more precise than 2000,” said Véronique. Certainly it has more tannic grip than 2000, though with less persistence on the finish. It is less opulent and sexy than the previous wines, but is a very nice, supple-textured, relatively light claret. Very highly regarded by Linden Wilkie, which is usually a good sign. 91

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Léognan, Pessac Leognan

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 Stuart George, Wine Writer (United Kingdom)  tasted  Château Haut-Bailly 2001  ( Château Haut-Bailly )

Draconian green-harvesting was done in July, so that by the end of the summer there were only six bunches left per vine and the crop was reduced to 39hl/ha. It rained on 22-23 September but picking began on 24 September, with the parcels of young Merlots. The Cabernets were begun in early October and finished on 11 October.

Purple core, turning to garnet at the rim. Still quite closed, though with a similar earthy character to the 2004, albeit leaner and “cooler.” Christmas-cake flavours suggest Merlot to the fore on the palate. Juicy acidity but less potent tannin than the 2005 or 2004, and overall much lighter and finer – welterweight rather than middleweight. “The finish is more precise than 2000,” said Véronique. Certainly it has more tannic grip than 2000, though with less persistence on the finish. It is less opulent and sexy than the previous wines, but is a very nice, supple-textured, relatively light claret. Very highly regarded by Linden Wilkie, which is usually a good sign. 91

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