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2003 Château Haut-Bailly (750ml) [Printable View]
Producer: Château Haut-Bailly chateau-haut-bailly.com   details
Appellation: Pessac-Léognan - Graves - France (Grand Cru Classé)
Type: red
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon - Merlot - Cabernet Franc
Maturity: Hold/Drink
Rating: Excellent
Est. Price: US$56.99
 
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Tasting Notes:
rated: March 29, 2007 , K&L Wine Merchants klwines.com
"90 points Robert Parker: "One can not say enough about the investments and commitment to quality instituted by Haut-Bailly’s new American owner, Robert Wilmers, the head of the huge M&T bank conglomerate. The chateau’s entire staff, headed by the talented Veronique Sanders (the granddaughter of one of the great gentlemen of Bordeaux, Daniel Sander." (04/06) Barrel sample according to Clyde Beffa, K&L's Bordeaux Buyer: "56% cabernet sauvignon, 38% merlot and 6% cabernet franc. This wine tastes much better at the Chateau, but the aromas were great every time we tasted it. 50% into first wine. It is a pure expression of the terroir with only 50% new oak used. Here as in Haut-Brion, the Merlot was the strength behind the blend (Unusual in 2003). Also they had good rainfall on July 15th, August 16th and August 19th to replenish the moisture in the soil. As a result their wines did not suffer from the heat. A good proportion of clay soil also helped. Very sweet aromas of violets and undertones of black licorice. Sweet palate entry; Substantial on the palate. Mid-fruit is there. Some extraction and grip with noticeable tannins at the back. Normal size crop here (6000 cases) **" (04/04) "
rated: May 13, 2004 , Decanter decanter.com
4 stars " Deep ruby with purple rim, velvety texture, lovely crushed berry fruit, ripe Cabernets and floral/fragrant expression, high tannins, but lots of ripeness to carry it through, a complete, elegant wine." Best 2009-2020
rated: April 28, 2005 , Robert Parker erobertparker.com
"90-92 points: Deep ruby/purple with a wonderful nose of roasted herbs and scorched earth, this wine has sweet cherry and black currant fruit notes along with hints of graphite and toasty oak. Pure, rich and more powerful than usual, it remains elegant and precise, characteristics of this stylish wine. Anticipated maturity: 2009-2021." Best 2009-2021
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