2001 Haut-Bailly, Pessac-Léognan

SKU #1008167 95 points Decanter

Outer quote mark One of the classic Haut-Baillys that for many years overshadowed the 2000. Even though things are now starting to even out, with the 2000 coming into its own, this is still giving it a run for its money. Full of personality and juicy, deep cassis and blackberry notes, pulses of minerality and uplift, and just the most effortlessly drawn out finish. A delicious Haut-Bailly, with Cabernet Sauvignon dominant in the sleek muscles of the structure, the definition of elegant Pessac. Harvest September 24 to October 11. (JA) Inner quote mark (7/2020)

92 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark Some might prefer this to the excellent 2000. It’s just as dense and rich but perhaps doesn’t have the same intensity and complexity as the 2000. But a clearly outstanding wine. Full body with plenty of dark fruits, chocolate and hints of earth. Drink or hold. Inner quote mark (7/2013)

92 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2001 Haut-Bailly has a higher proportion of Cabernet Sauvignon than the previous vintage. It has a tightly packed nose with brambly black fruit, cedar, mint and star anis, maybe just a little "unruly" at the moment. The palate is well balanced with a touch more cohesion than the 2000. A liberal sprinkling of white pepper plus clove and bay leaf, gently fans out towards the finish. This is drinking perfectly now. (NM) Inner quote mark (6/2021)

91 points John Gilman

Outer quote mark The 2001 vintage of Haut-Bailly is really quite lovely and the wine is just about reaching its peak period of drinkability, but I would be inclined to give it just a few more years to allow all of its secondary layers of complexity to blossom. The deep and very classy nose offers up scents of black cherries, cassis, a touch of nutskin, lovely soil tones, bitter chocolate, a deft framing of spicy new oak and a smoky topnote. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, complex and tangy, with fine focus, a very good core of fruit, moderate tannins and excellent length and grip on the classy finish. A very fine example of the 2001 vintage, the ’01 Haut-Bailly should drink very well indeed for at least a couple of decades. Inner quote mark (5/2020)

90 points Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The deep ruby/purple-tinged 2001 Haut-Bailly reveals sweet, pure, elegant aromas of currants, toast, and cigar smoke. With wonderful sweetness, fine tannins, a delicate, nuanced personality, and a long, persistent finish, this well-made, impressive Pessac-Leognan will provide plenty of pleasure... (RP) Inner quote mark (6/2004)

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By: Jacques Moreira | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/6/2019 | Send Email
One of the star wines I have tasted so far in our young new year. It is a classic Léognan, with its earthy, dried leaves, crushed stones and leather. The note of dark chocolate surrounds its nicely aged tannins. It not only held up very well, but is a stunner right now. Oh what a beauty!

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