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1998 Haut-Bailly, Pessac-Léognan

SKU #994909 94 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 1998 Haut Bailly has been a great wine that coincided with the château’s acquisition by the late Bob Wilmers. It has a sublime bouquet with blackberry, boysenberry, crushed stone and hints of violet. After twenty years it is still so youthful. The palate is medium-bodied with slightly firm tannin at the beginning, plenty of tarry black fruit, well judged acidity and a finish that to be honest, is not a million miles away from the 1998 Haut-Brion in style. You can see this continuing to evolve for another two decades without difficulty. Tasted at the château. (NM) Inner quote mark (5/2018)

94 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark I love the nose on this wine; multidimensional, with flowers, sweet blackberry and citrus fruit. Full-bodied, with superclassy tannins that are polished and very refined. Goes for minutes on the palate. Still very reserved and not giving all it has. Give it much more bottle time to realize its wonderful style. One of the sleepers of the vintage. (JS, Web-2009) Inner quote mark

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark Dark red. Plum, currant, tar, tobacco, smoke, cedar and minerals. Supple and dense, with excellent precision of crystallized red berry flavors thanks to ripe acids and firm minerality. Very dry, sophisticated finish is long and gripping. The Merlot was even better in '98 than in '00, said Sanders, but in a different style. (ST) Inner quote mark (6/2001)

K&L Notes

Here's one of our favorite wines of the vintage. 50% Merlot 50% Cab Sauvignon (usually 65% Cabernet Sauvignon). Blackberry and blueberry aromas with plenty of minerally nuances. Touch of violet. Here is a pure wine, not over extracted or mixed up. Superbly integrated tannins and layers of fruit. Not huge, just elegance personified. Absolutely fantastic.

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By: David Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/21/2016 | Send Email
Maybe the best of the Left Bank in this Right Bank-centric vintage, the Haut-Bailly shows tons of dense plum fruit framed in a bed of powerful herb and sweet licorice. The palate is wonderfully complex, showing great maturity at this stage, but with no signs of slowing down. A serious wine for serious lovers of Bordeaux that won't necessarily be accessible to the average Joe, but will make the diehards fawn for sure.

By: Jacques Moreira | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/19/2016 | Send Email
A fantastic wine experience. From the vintage when the "Merlots were blessed by the gods" (can't recall who said that... But it is true!). Beautiful notes of coffee, leather, some capsicum and even honey on this developed wine. The tannins are soft and very much resolved. Incredibly alluring and very elegant.

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