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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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The Merlots were picked between 27 September and 4 October, a much later start than in 2005. For the Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon, picking continued until the second week of October. At 50hl/ha, volume was the highest for three years. “The yield of the Pessac-Léognan appellation is around 52-56hl/ha every year,” explained Véronique Sanders. “We are always producing much less than what is authorized. And you also have to know that we are the only one (with La Mission Haut-Brion) planted at 10,000 vines per hectare. So Haut-Bailly has always had quite severe yields. But we do consider, as does Jean Delmas, that a great terroir should be able to produce 50hl/ha.”

Similar depth of colour to 2005 but not as purple. Lovely nose – very classical, fine Graves, earthy and savoury. More developed than the 2005 – or perhaps less enclosed by oak (60% in 2004)? – albeit relatively closed still. Medium-weight again, with less powerful tannins, though these are still distinctive on the finish. Less sweet fruit and less oak-driven than the 2005, a cooler expression of its terroir, and for many tasters better for it. Excellent length again, perhaps a bit less than 2005. An unfashionable Left Bank vintage but rightly a very well regarded Haut-Bailly. “In 2004 all the investments we had made showed in the wine,” believes Véronique. Drink 2012–22+? 92

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Léognan, Pessac Leognan

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 Stuart George, Wine Writer (United Kingdom)  tasted  Château Haut-Bailly 2004  ( Château Haut-Bailly )

The Merlots were picked between 27 September and 4 October, a much later start than in 2005. For the Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon, picking continued until the second week of October. At 50hl/ha, volume was the highest for three years. “The yield of the Pessac-Léognan appellation is around 52-56hl/ha every year,” explained Véronique Sanders. “We are always producing much less than what is authorized. And you also have to know that we are the only one (with La Mission Haut-Brion) planted at 10,000 vines per hectare. So Haut-Bailly has always had quite severe yields. But we do consider, as does Jean Delmas, that a great terroir should be able to produce 50hl/ha.”

Similar depth of colour to 2005 but not as purple. Lovely nose – very classical, fine Graves, earthy and savoury. More developed than the 2005 – or perhaps less enclosed by oak (60% in 2004)? – albeit relatively closed still. Medium-weight again, with less powerful tannins, though these are still distinctive on the finish. Less sweet fruit and less oak-driven than the 2005, a cooler expression of its terroir, and for many tasters better for it. Excellent length again, perhaps a bit less than 2005. An unfashionable Left Bank vintage but rightly a very well regarded Haut-Bailly. “In 2004 all the investments we had made showed in the wine,” believes Véronique. Drink 2012–22+? 92

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