Château Haut-Bailly Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend 2009

$1260

Wine Advocate, 100 Points: 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 Vronique 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!

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Ratings on Delectable

David T Delectable Pro

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

Haut-Bailly Dinner in SF with Veronique Sanders of Haut-Bailly. The 2009 is such a beautifully elegant, almost creamy vintage that will just keep getting better & better & better. It stuns the moment it hits your palate. The fruit, silky texture and length are simply stupidly good. The elegance & beauty only happen a few vintages in a lifetime. The fruits are perfectly ripe, blackberries, black raspberries, dark cherries and hints of blue fruits. Used leather, graphite, fresh tobacco, mocha powder, dark chocolate, stones, fresh, rich earth , medium dark spice, layered baking spices with beautiful, fresh & slightly withering; dark, red, blue and purple flowers framed in soft violets. 100 point Parker wine that will get there with another 8-10 years in bottle. Served with the Cheese plate; Red Hawk, Hop Along & Roquefort. @Mathilde French Bistro Photos of; Clyde Beffa Owner of K&L Wine Merchants & Veronique Sanders, dinner menu & pairing, Veronique talking Terroir/vintages & dinner guests.

Haut-Bailly Dinner in SF with Veronique Sanders of Haut-Bailly. The 2009 is such a beautifully elegant, almost creamy vintage that will just keep getting better & better & better. It stuns the moment it hits your palate. The fruit, silky texture and length are simply stupidly good. The elegance & beauty only happen a few vintages in a lifetime. The fruits are perfectly ripe, blackberries, black raspberries, dark cherries and hints of blue fruits. Used leather, graphite, fresh tobacco, mocha powder, dark chocolate, stones, fresh, rich earth , medium dark spice, layered baking spices with beautiful, fresh & slightly withering; dark, red, blue and purple flowers framed in soft violets. 100 point Parker wine that will get there with another 8-10 years in bottle. Served with the Cheese plate; Red Hawk, Hop Along & Roquefort. @Mathilde French Bistro Photos of; Clyde Beffa Owner of K&L Wine Merchants & Veronique Sanders, dinner menu & pairing, Veronique talking Terroir/vintages & dinner guests.

9.7

Daniel P. Drake Delectable Pro

This afternoon I had the pleasure of dinning with a 2009 Chateau Haut-Bailly. Made up of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Merlot and 3% Cabernet Franc and I can see why 09' is the vintage it is with great fineness. There are beautiful aromas of dark fruit, black cherry, black plum, blackberry, black currant, mocha, wet soil, and minerals. The first sip shows its elegance right away that is velvety smooth and great depth. Beautiful dark fruit, black cherry, blackberry, fig, plums, black currant, graphite, and violets. This is a full bodied wine with medium + acidity, medium+ gripping tannins with a long pleasing finish. Nostrovia!

This afternoon I had the pleasure of dinning with a 2009 Chateau Haut-Bailly. Made up of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Merlot and 3% Cabernet Franc and I can see why 09' is the vintage it is with great fineness. There are beautiful aromas of dark fruit, black cherry, black plum, blackberry, black currant, mocha, wet soil, and minerals. The first sip shows its elegance right away that is velvety smooth and great depth. Beautiful dark fruit, black cherry, blackberry, fig, plums, black currant, graphite, and violets. This is a full bodied wine with medium + acidity, medium+ gripping tannins with a long pleasing finish. Nostrovia!

9.6

Phil Stice Delectable Pro

Thought this was a cooler vintage wine but the tannins were riper.

Thought this was a cooler vintage wine but the tannins were riper.

9.3

Antonio Gianola Delectable Pro

Maduro wrapper, dark currant and incredibly supple. A knockout Thank you for the generous gift.

Maduro wrapper, dark currant and incredibly supple. A knockout Thank you for the generous gift.

9.4

Tom Kobylarz Delectable Pro

Dark in color, black cherry, ripe aromas, creme d cassis. Very forward, but balanced with medium to full grain tannins.

Dark in color, black cherry, ripe aromas, creme d cassis. Very forward, but balanced with medium to full grain tannins.

8.8

Peter Zandbergen

Hot

Hot

9.2

Alvaro Bustillos

Mazf 6/28/15

Mazf 6/28/15

9.3

Thijs Hendriks

96+

96+

9.6

John Van Trijp

100/100 Parker tasting @ Librije

100/100 Parker tasting @ Librije

9.6

Jason Wild Delectable Pro

Big, big, big. Can go for a long time still. Love Ryan's Wine and Spirits Christmas Party 2016!

Big, big, big. Can go for a long time still. Love Ryan's Wine and Spirits Christmas Party 2016!

8.8

Location

  • 600 Washington St.
    New York, NY 10014

  • Hours:
    Mon-Fri. 10-8
    Sat. 11-8
    Sun. Closed

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