1978 Haut-Bailly, Graves

SKU #997742

From the winery: "Haut-Bailly is situated on the left bank of the Garonne, south of Bordeaux in the commune of Léognan home of the 16 Graves Crus Classés. It sits on a high ridge above the small winding road from Leognan to Cadaujac and has a oceanic micro-climate. The soil is sandy and mixed with gravel, resting on a layer of sandstone that is petrified with the remains of prehistoric fossil shells. There are 28 hectares (69 acres) of planted vines on one piece of land, with a vine-density of 10,000 per hectare. Fifteen percent of the vines are more than 100 years old – a mixture of Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Malbec, Petit Verdot, and Cabernet Sauvignon – and the remainder of the estate is planted with 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, and 10% Cabernet Franc. The vineyard is managed according to strict tradition and chemical weed killers are never used. Spraying is carefully limited, the soil is ploughed and weeded with hoes, and the grapes are picked entirely by hand. CHATEAU HAUT-BAILLY: This wine has a distinctive style that harmoniously combines classicism with modernity, elegance, finesse and softness with structure. Elegance and finesse are the secret of its charm giving it a character that is aristocratic, rich, and extraordinarily soft in spite of a high proportion of Cabernet. Haut-Bailly has great aging potential and consistently wins praise from experts who agree that it offers complex pleasure and a richness that is neither aggressive nor ostentatious."

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Varietal:

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.
Country:

France

- 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.
Sub-Region:

Bordeaux

Specific Appellation:

Pessac-Leognan/Graves

- 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.