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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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Latest Pro-tasting notes

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Tasting note

color

Medium and Brick red

ending

Medium and Lingering

flavors

Blackcurrant, Cherry and Toasty

nose

Intense and Generous

taste

High in Acidity, Warming, Medium tannin, Medium-bodied, Vivid and Sweet tannins

Verdict

Mediocre

Written Notes

The 1961 Haut-Bailly is one of the great wines from the estate, though it is now increasingly hard to find. This bottle replicates the showing of the one at the vertical in March 2009. Stunning intensity on the nose with those camphor aromas infusing the black fruit once again, still so vivacious and electrifying. The palate boasts impressive structure and grip, concentrated and assertive, though no "bruiser". It offers impressive vigour with so much horsepower on the finish. This is one of the great '61s that probably deserves to be better known. Tasted at a private dinner in London.

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A deeper colour than the 1964 – bright and luminous. A distinctly minty nose, even more so than the 1986, perhaps suggesting a high Cabernet content. The mint and eucalyptus aromas evoke Pauillac rather than Graves. This is a very unlikely Haut-Bailly… Véronique Sanders did not recall the minty character from when she had tasted the wine previously, which led a fellow taster to ask brazenly, “Do you think it’s genuine?” It was a château bottling, with a correct and fully-branded château cork, from Nicolas’ cellars. “I have no doubt this was a genuine château-bottled example,” said Linden.

Despite is atypicity, this is quite delicious – sweet, concentrated, and harmonious – and certainly representative of the 1961 Bordeaux vintage, if not of Haut-Bailly as an estate. Lovely stuff, in very good condition and arguably the best wine of the tasting. It was later voted wine of the evening. After two hours in the glass, it was still going strong, unlike the more fragile 1964. There are only three bottles of the 1961 left at the château, lamented Véronique. 95

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Origin

Léognan, Pessac Leognan

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