Château Haut-Bailly Cru Classé de Graves 1996 - Lot of 2 Bottles
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Château Haut-Bailly Cru Classé de Graves 1996

  • Black fruit
  • Gastronomic wine
  • Wine for ageing
  • Color:Red
  • 12.50% 
  • 1.5L
  • Intensity
  • Classic

A harmonious, supple wine, with remarkable complexity, still affordable. One of Pessac-Léognan's best-kept secrets... but for how much longer? More info

  • Quantity: 2 Bottles
  • Level: 2 into-neck
  • Label: 2 very slightly marked label
  • Country/Region: Bordeaux
  • Appellation/Wine: Pessac-Léognan
  • Classification: Cru Classé de Graves
  • Producer/Owner: Famille Wilmers
  • More information....

Château Haut-Bailly Cru Classé de Graves serve at a temperature of 16°C. It will pair perfectly with the following dishes: Gigot d agneau, Tournedos à la moelle, Brochettes périgourdines.

Peak: To drink

  • Vintage score: 17/20
  • What the experts say...

    "Moins charmeur que de coutume, le 1996 de Haut-Bailly présente cependant des senteurs modérément intenses de groseille et de cerise rouge entremêlées de notes de terre, de fumé et de chêne neuf. Moyennement corsé et élégant, il ne se développera jamais en un ensemble puissant ou massif,mais il révèle un caractère bien affirmé et un beau potentiel de complexité. (...)" Source : Robert Parker (1/99)

    Lot presentation
    Château Haut-Bailly Cru Classé de Graves

    Cuvée presentation

    After blending, the wines are aged for 18 months in oak barrels, 50 to 65% of which are renewed each year. A predominance of Cabernet Sauvignon produces distinguished wines with a substantial capacity to age, that are always much in demand thanks to their suppleness and balance.

    Information about domain Château Haut-Bailly

    Vines were already growing here in the 15th century in an area known as Pujau, on the site of the current Château Haut-Bailly. In the 17th century, the property was acquired by two Parisian bankers, Firmin Le Bailly and Nicolas de Louvarde, who were both creditors of the previous owners. It was the first who gave his name to the château.

    In 1872, Alcide Bellot des Minères bought the land, on the advice of Monseigneur Bonnet, the archbishop of Bordeaux, and built the existing château. Within a few years this entrepreneur and highly competent wine producer had raised Haut-Bailly to an exceptionally high standard. The same family, today represented by Véronique Sanders, has retained control of the property, even though it was purchased by an American, Robert Wilmers, in 1998. Substantial investments followed in the vineyard, winery and cellar room.
    Haut-Bailly's vineyard benefits from a magnificent terroir, consisting of sandy soil mixed with gravel, on a subsoil rich in fossilized stone. Perfectly drained due to the slopes, the vineyard is managed traditionally, and ploughed, as in the old days, without the use of any herbicides.

    The vineyard still has some very old vines, with a wide range of varieties, dating from the period after phylloxera, that include Cabernet Franc, Carmenère, Merlot, Malbec, Petit Verdot, and Cabernet Sauvignon. Yields are intentionally reduced: after manual harvests, there are several sorting operations in the vineyard, on reception at the winery and then again on a vibrating table after the bunches have been destemmed. Vinification is carried out with separate vats for each plot.

    Detailed characteristics

    • Quantity: 2 Bottles
    • Level: 2 into-neck
    • Label: 2 very slightly marked label
    • Origin: Private individual
    • Type of cellar: Classic underground cellar
    • Recoverable VAT: No
    • Original Wooden Case: No
    • French customs seal: no
    • Alcohol percentage: 12.50 %
    • Country/Region: Bordeaux
    • Appellation/Wine: Pessac-Léognan
    • Classification: Cru Classé de Graves
    • Producer/Owner: Famille Wilmers
    • Vintage: 1996
    • Color: Red
    • Peak: To drink
    • Service temperature: 16°
    • Viticulture: Environment friendly 
    • Size (in ha): 28
    • Volume: 140000 bottles
    • Intensity: Classic
    • Dominant aroma: Black fruit
    • Tasting occasion: Gastronomic wine
    • Grape variety: 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 10% Petit verdot

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    Château Haut-Bailly Cru Classé de Graves 1996

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