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Chateau Haut-Bailly 2018

Pessac-Léognan, Graves, Bordeaux, FranceHaut-Bailly is an ancient estate with a recorded history of wine production dating back to 1461; the renowned Irish Barton family assumed control in 1736. Intriguingly, Haut-Bailly commanded prices equal to Lafite, Latour, Margaux, and Haut-Brion in the 19th century. Owned since 1955 by Belgian negociant Daniel Sanders, in 1998, Haut-Bailly was purchased by American Robert G. Wilmers, but Veronique Sanders continues to steer the cru classé estate to greatness, year after year. The 74-hectare lies in the heart of gravelly Pessac-Leognan, and the 2018 vintage blends 55% cabernet sauvignon with 35% merlot and equal soupcons of petit verdot and cabernet franc. The estate's core is 10 acres of 100 year old vines, concentrated further this vintage with yields around 20 ha/hl. Complex, perfumed, and mesmerizing creme de cassis, ripe cherries, fine oak spice, mocha, and dusty minerals, it is unbelievably cohesive now, a testament to the excellent 2018 vintage. The wine is structured for long and graceful ageing, as only great classic claret can do. This vintage commands $275, and it is worth every penny. Be disciplined and let evolve for a few years.Tasted: 06 December 2021Tasted by: DJ KearneyPrices: BC 270.00 BCLS Producer: Château Haut-BaillyDistributors: Waldorf Wine Group Inc.
Blend: Merlot - Cabernet Franc - Cabernet SauvignonCSPC: 142872UPC: 3612170012195