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2017 Château Haut-Bailly

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ITEM 8102845 - Removed from a professional wine storage facility; Purchased at auction

Bidder Quantity Amount Total
4 $160
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RATINGS

95Vinous / IWC

...racy and polished to the core, with no hard edges and just exceptional beauty. Dark cherry, plum, chocolate, spice, new leather, incense, and grilled herb overtones infuse the 2017 with striking layers of nuance...

95James Suckling

Blackberry, walnut, iodine, and sandalwood aromas follow through to a full body, round and juicy tannins and an intense, flavorful finish. This shows richness with structure. Excellent...

95Wine Enthusiast

A dry wine firm with dark tannins, this is destined for long aging. Concentration and a solid structure are balanced by the dusty texture and dry core...

94-96The Wine Advocate

...a wonderfully spicy nose of cinnamon stick, cloves, anise and fenugreek with core of roses, warm blueberries, black forest cake and black raspberries plus hints of underbrush and iron ore. Medium to full-bodied with firm, ripe, grainy tannins, it has oodles of freshness and great finesse, continuing bright and energetic on the long, minerally finish.

94Jeb Dunnuck

...a classic, medium-bodied, elegant yet also ripe style that's common in the vintage. With medium body, ripe, polished tannins, beautiful elegance and purity, and a great finish, it's a terrific wine...

93Wine Spectator

A bold tarry note coils around the core of plum, black currant and blackberry fruit, while licorice root and bramble details check in on the finish...all the pieces are in place.

17+ Jancis Robinson

Elegant and open, the emphasis on the bright, filigree nature of the fruit. Palate juicy and appealing with just a hint of oak, the tannins are really finely framed. Gentle handling wins the day. Lots of charm.

PRODUCER

Château Haut-Bailly

Château Haut-Bailly is in the Pessac-Leognan appellation, and it is one of the Premier Crus of the classification of Graves wines of 1953 and 1959. The estate was established in the 16th century but got its name in the 17th century, when it was purchased by Firmin Le Bailly, a Parisian banker. It was bought and sold numerous times during the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. Today it is owned by an American banker, Robert G. Wilmers, and managed by the grand daughter of the previous owners. The 79-acre estate is planted to 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc. About 100,000 bottles are produced annually.

REGION

France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan

Pessac-Léognan was created in 1987 from the northern part of the left bank Graves appellation. Before then it was simply part of Graves, or sometimes it was called Haut-Graves. Unlike many other Bordeaux appellations, Pessac-Léognan is known for both red and dry white wines, although its reds are more famous. The appellation includes ten communes and the area’s most important châteaux, including Château Haut-Brion, the only non-Médoc estate included in the 1855 Bordeaux classification. There are 2,964 acres of vineyards in Pessac-Léognan and 16 classified growth estates. The main red grapes grown are Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, along with a small amount of Cabernet Franc. White grapes grown are Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon, with a little Muscadelle. Pessac-Léognan is considered to have the best terroir of the greater Graves region.