Chateau Haut-Bailly Pessac Leognan 2008 - The Grape Tray

Chateau Haut-Bailly Pessac Leognan 2008

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Chateau Haut-Bailly Pessac Leognan 2008
$149.95

SKU 2666

750ml

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Winemaker Notes :

The 2008 harvest will remain in the history books as one of the longest and latest of the decade: 10 days of grape picking spread out over 5 weeks! The harvest began on September 25 for the youngest merlots, while the last cabernet sauvignons were brought in from October 17 to 23, in perfect health.

Low yields and a late year are a strong indication of excellent quality. The 2008 vintage is rich in color, has great vivacity, structure and balance, with velvety tannins that are seductive and powerful: both striking and soft!

Category Red Wine
Varietals
Region France, Bordeaux, Pessac-Leognan
Brand Chateau Haut-Bailly
  • jd96

Jeb DunnuckA seamless, elegant wine (which is the hallmark of this estate), the 2008 Haut Bailly offers a beautiful perfume of tobacco leaf, currants, graphite, and hints of smoked earth. It’s medium-bodied, concentrated, with terrific purity of fruit and fine tannin, and can be drunk anytime over the coming two decades.

February 28, 2019
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Wine AdvocateA candidate for the -wine of the vintage,- the 2008 Haut-Bailly possesses incredible complexity. Tell-tale notes of lead pencil shavings, charcoal, damp earth, black cherries and black currants intermixed with a hint of subtle barbecue smoke are present in this classic, quintessential Graves. Medium-bodied with an emerging, precocious complexity, it is a super-pure, beautifully textured, long wine that can be drunk now or cellared for 20-25 years. Bravo!

Robert Parker, May 2011
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Wine EnthusiastBarrel sample. This is a dark, firm, strongly tannic but impressive wine, with a dry core of dark fruits. They open slowly to reveal a rich undertow of blackberry jelly fruit flavors.

Roger Voss, December 31, 2009
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VinousThe 2008 Haut Bailly has long been one of the knockout wines of the vintage. Now at ten years of age it retains its youthful appearance. It has a stunning bouquet with billowing, pure blackberry and bilberry fruit tinged with brine and iodine, very well defined and one of the most intense you will find in 2008. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin. This feels lithe and silky smooth in the mouth: intense black fruit, a splash soy and a more structured finish. Just superb.

Neal Martin, February 2018
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Wine SpectatorRacy and slightly taut, with red currant and cherry pit notes laced with grilled herb and warm stone. There's a sinewy edge on the finish, with more minerality than fruit for now, but this adds some flesh as it airs, showing subtle persistence. Drink now through 2016. 6,000 cases made.

James Molesworth, April 30, 2011