Chateau Haut-Bailly

Léognan’s Château Haut-Bailly has one of the oldest histories in Bordeux. Dating as far back as the 15th century, this almost 70-acre estate is blessed with an incredible terroir mixed with sand, gravel and sandstone that is petrified with remnants of prehistoric fossil shells. Sitting atop a high ridge with ideal drainage, the vineyards also enjoy what is called an oceanic micro-climate. Due to this extensive history, as much as 20% of the vines – a mixture of Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Malbec, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Sauvignon – are over a century old, with the newer ones representing 65% Cabernet Sauvigon, 25% Merlot, and 10% Cabernet Franc. Successfully owned by several families over the years, Haut-Bailly hit a low point in the early 20th century, mostly due to poor management by then owner, Franz Malvesin. This dip turned around in the mid-1950s, when Belgian wine merchant Daniel Sanders and his family bought the estate and brought it back to a period of significant prosperity and renown. Decades later, the Sanders family sold Haut-Bailly to American financier Robert G. Wilmers, who purchased the property to solve the problem of a fractured Sanders family ownership. The Wilmers era initiated new improvements as well as modernized geological attention to the soil, all bringing about another period of glory. Château Haut-Bailly produces three distinct wines: Haut-Bailly, which, despite its high Cabernet Sauvignon presence, combines the best of elegance with structure; La Parde de Haut-Bailly, its second wine known for its silkiness and forward aromas; and Pessac-Léognan, its third, generic wine. With its long history in the region, Château Haut-Bailly has done an impressive job of staying loyal to its traditions while maintaining an enviable relevance in the fine wine arena.

Blended Score
Under 85
85 to 100

Bottle Price
Under $50
$50 to $5,000

1900 to 2019
Include Non Vintage
Bottle Size