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1989 Haut-Bailly, Pessac-Léognan

SKU #991999 92 points Wine Spectator

 Gorgeous wine, so well crafted. Good dark-ruby color. Aromas of cherry, spice and cocoa. Full-bodied, firmly tannic and a long finish of fruit and tannins. Needs time to mellow. 1989 Bordeaux horizontal. (JS)  (5/1999)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 It has a strictness on the nose: a headmistress that you would not mind being in trouble with. It is very well defined, more focused than the ’90 with hints of orange blossom and sandalwood. The palate is medium-bodied with vibrant dark berry fruit, cedar, black olive and a touch of black pepper. This is imbued with commendable harmony and length: a personality-driven Haut Bailly that is well worth seeking out. (NM)  (1/2013)

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Staff Image By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/13/2018 | Send Email
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Mature Haut Bailly from a great vintage and under $150-no brainer-buy it. Just tasted July 2018-one of the most perfect wines you could ever enjoy. Regal wine with an earthy, mineral aroma and red roses. Very elegant on the palate-all sweet cassis fruit. Finish lasts a minute. Still has at least five years of peak life. Perfection in a glass.
Drink from 2018 to 2025

Staff Image By: Alex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/12/2018 | Send Email
It’s not fair to compare an aged Haut Bailly to current release value Bordeaux, but we just finished such a staff tasting and the Haut Bailly was jaw droppingly good. It has beautiful fleshy red current and cherry fruit, a touch of earth, a hint of smoke and a balance and elegance that has me flirting with the term “perfect.” If you have a special dinner coming up, consider having this with it.

Staff Image By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/12/2018 | Send Email
Chateau Haut Bailly is one of the greatest of all terroirs in Bordeaux, and one of the few that has flown mostly under the radar. While this great 1989 vintage is expensive, it is in a class that is usually far more dear. This is a wine that is not yet old- on the contrary, I would say that it is just now entering its drinking window. It has it all; high class gravelly earth, silky texture, firm dark fruit and near infinite length. If you are looking for a special occasion bottle to pair with the best dry aged ribeye you can buy, this is it. I won't forget tasting it!
Drink from 2018 to 2039

Staff Image By: Jacques Moreira | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/15/2015 | Send Email
Beautifully aged, and ready now. Leather, olives, plums and a touch of pepper. It is so soft on the palate, that I must use the word silk to describe the experience. An outstanding wine.

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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.