1999 Haut-Bailly, Pessac-Léognan

SKU #997448 91 points 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. (Neil Martin's Wine Journal on eRobertParker.com)  (7/2009)

90 points Wine & Spirits

 No tasting note given.  (4/2002)

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. (ST)  (6/2002)

K&L Notes

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.

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Staff Image By: Jacques Moreira | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/24/2014 | Send Email
Medium garnet color, Beautiful aromatics, showing development. Floral, honey, red berries, along with some tertiary notes of leather saddle and a touch of mushroom. Still fresh though, with the fruit clearly still showing. Medium body and I'd say medium tannins too. I did not decant it before pouring, but the wine kept opening up with time, which tells me it could use decanting. Very good indeed.

Staff Image By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/4/2009 | Send Email
One of my favorite Châteaux and a great wine. 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.

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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.