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Chateau Haut-Bailly 2009

Chateau Haut-Bailly 2009
$470 1 Bottle (750ML)
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    Parker : 97 / 100
    J. Suckling : 97 / 100
    Wine Advocate-Parker :
    I have had this wine now four separate times since I wrote my official review after bottling of the 2009s. It goes from strength to strength, and it is not surprising that it is now one of the perfect wines of this great, great vintage - the finest vintage of Bordeaux that I have tasted in 37 years covering that epicenter for world-class quality in wine. Much of it is attributable to winemaker Véronique Sanders and her boss, Robert Wilmers. Their incredibly draconian selection process and their enormous investments in both the viticulture and the estate as well as the winemaking facility have paid off brilliantly over the last decade. The 2009, which has an opaque ruby/purple color, an extraordinary nose of high-quality unsmoked cigar tobacco, graphite, blackcurrants and spice, hits the palate with a medium to full-bodied, saturated and rich mouthfeel, but an elegant and ethereal quality that is difficult to articulate. It is rich, complex and tastes as if it were the vinous equivalent of a remarkable haute couture creation from the late Coco Chanel. It is full-bodied yet elegant, powerful yet delicate, and remarkably velvety-textured, sumptuous and loaded with upside potential. It can be approached now, as most 2009s tend to be, given their richness of fruit, low acidity and extraordinary concentration, but the great complexity that will emerge from this fabulous terroir is at least a decade away, and this wine is set for 50 or more years of longevity. Kudos to Haut-Bailly!
    BordeauxPessac-Leognan
    Alcohol
    13.5

    Grape varieties
    Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot/Cabernet Franc

    Decanter
    18.5

    J. Robinson
    17.5+

    J. Suckling
    97

    R. Gabriel
    19

    Revue du Vin de France
    98

    Vinous - A. Galloni
    NM94

    Wine Spectator
    94

    Country
    France

    Wine certification
    AOC

    Vineyard
    Graves

    Region
    Bordeaux

    Appellation
    Pessac-Leognan

    Color
    Red

    Producer
    Chateau Haut-Bailly

    Classification
    Cru classe

    Parker
    97

    Allergens
    Contains sulfites

    On Special
    No

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