2000 Haut-Bailly, Pessac-Léognan

SKU #1005966 94 points James Suckling

 Still very youthful but starting to show its wonderful depth, structure and complexity. It’s full-bodied with silky tannins and a pretty fruit character that goes from currants to sweet earth. A wine to enjoy now and in the future.  (7/2013)

92 points Wine Enthusiast

 The fruit is certainly rich, and the tannins are dusty rather than dry, but it is a wine which is developing more slowly, suggesting it is also a wine for long-term aging.  (6/2003)

92 points Wine Spectator

 Wonderful finesse and length to this wine. Loads of plum and berry, with hints of raspberry. Full-bodied, with a solid, velvety core of ripe fruit and tannins. Long finish. One of the few Pessacs better in 2000 than 1998. American-owned. Best after 2010.  (3/2003)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 A classic effort, the 2000 Haut-Bailly exhibits notes of lead pencil shavings, raspberries, black currants, and loamy soil. Subtle hints of earth and smoke are also present in this medium-bodied, stylish, well-balanced, pure wine that emphasizes restraint and graciousness over power and blockbuster intensity. It has entered its plateau of maturity, where it should remain for another fifteen years.  (6/2010)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Good bright ruby-red. Deep, smoky aromas of plum syrup, raspberry, tobacco, iron and roasted nuts. Lush, silky and sweet, with insidious vinosity keeping the lush plum and tobacco flavors fresh and delineated. The suave merlot tannins spread out to cover the entire palate. Much more a merlot-dominated wine than the 2001, which is 65% cabernet sauvignon.  (6/2003)

Jancis Robinson

 Mature rim. Fairly light nose but nicely evolved. Sprightly and refreshing but not as opulent as some 2000s. Quite marked acidity. Chewy finish. Neat but not outstanding. Well mannered...Temperatures were 2 °C above average, with nine very hot days, a key factor in the development of the grapes. The grapes of 2000 were typified by thick skins and high levels of concentration. The harvest started at Haut-Bailly with a plot of young Merlot on 13 September, yet it was not until 3 October that the Cabernet picking commenced. Cabernet Sauvignon 50%, Merlot 50%.  (11/2011)

K&L Notes

One of our favorites and one of the ten best terroirs in Bordeaux. Deep color. Elegant, perfumed aromas of crushed berries and violets. Very ripe and sweet up front with a tannic finish. Bigger than their fine 1999, this wine needs a few years in the cellar.

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Staff Image By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/26/2015 | Send Email
From our 2000 Bordeaux dinner. The youngest wine of the flight, and perhaps of the whole evening, this pure bred has so much in store for the future. It is composed of about half and half Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. It was elegant and understated, with stunning, pure cassis fruit and shimmering minerality. While not showing the generosity of the others, this has what only the real greats ever can hope for: concentration and depth without any hint of heaviness. I will return in another five years!!!!
Drink from 2020 to 2050

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.


- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.


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- Graves is the large red and white wine region located to the southeast of the city of Bordeaux along the Garonne River. Cabernet Sauvignon dominates the red wines from the area, while the whites are mixtures of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon. The most important area within the Graves is the village of Pessac-Leognan. Most of the great chateaux, including Haut Brion, a premier cru and the only wine outside of the Medoc to be included in the 1855 Classification, are located in this small appellation. Graves derives its name from the rocky, stony terrain of the region. Many people believe that the stony soil radiates the day's heat at night and thus makes the grapes ripen earlier than the other regions in Bordeaux.