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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.
2000 had the potential to be a year which surpasses all others; and our hopes and expectations were not disappointed. The wine boasts an air of strength and concentration, a very intense colour, a fruit of exceptional maturity and, as always at Haut-Bailly, intricacy and harmony, which for us is the very definition of a great wine. This vintage blessed from on high would benefit from several years ageing so as to reach its customary smoothness, but do not be afraid to taste it before-hand if temptation calls!
Thanks to the clemency of the weather – temperatures were 2°C above average, with 9 very hot days, a key factor in the grapes’s development ripening occured in the best possible conditions. The grapes of 2000 were typified by thick skins and commendable levels of concentation. The harvest started at Haut-Bailly with a plot of young merlot on September 13, yet it was not until October 3 before picking the cabernet commenced ; troughout this period mother nature smiled upon us, bathing the vineyeards in the sun’s warm rays.