1999 Haut-Bailly, Pessac-Léognan
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Tasted at the 1999 horizontal at Bordeaux Index. The Haut-Bailly has a very ripe, generous nose with rounded raspberry, wild strawberry, a hint of acacia and white flowers. Great lift and expression. With aeration it develops a lovely candied quality that is irresistible. The palate is medium-bodied, supple with rounded, fleshy tannins, layers of ripe red-berried fruit with excellent acidity and definition. Satiates the palate, superb length. A top quality Haut-Bailly in a difficult vintage. Excellent. Drink now-2020. Tasted June 2009. (Neil Martin's Wine Journal on eRobertParker.com)
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Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Moderately saturated medium red. Aromas of red fruits, leather, tobacco and roasted meat, along with a note of fresh herbs. Offers decent red fruit intensity but could use more sweetness and depth. Less structured than the subsequent vintages. With less density, the tannins show a dry edge. The light herbaceous element repeats on the finish.
Light yet fresh, with pleasant mineral, berry and cherry. (Barrel Tasting, Web-2000)
Very aromatic, Graves-style wine with earthy and mineral hints on the nose. Crushed berries on the nose and palate. This is a very elegant yet powerful wine, and quite long on the palate with good grip. Delicious, exotic and velvety fruit. 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, and 10% Cabernet Franc. A really old school producer, these guys strive for balance, not power. We heard a lot about the terroir here, which truly is among the best in Bordeaux.