Haut Bailly 2009
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Tasting Notes and Scores
100 - I have had this wine now four separate times since I wrote my official review after bottling of the 2009s. It goes from strength to strength, and it is not surprising that it is now one of the perfect wines of this great, great vintage – the finest vintage of Bordeaux that I have tasted in 37 years covering that epicenter for world-class quality in wine. Much of it is attributable to winemaker Véronique Sanders and her boss, Robert Wilmers. Their incredibly draconian selection process and their enormous investments in both the viticulture and the estate as well as the winemaking facility have paid off brilliantly over the last decade. The 2009, which has an opaque ruby/purple color, an extraordinary nose of high-quality unsmoked cigar tobacco, graphite, blackcurrants and spice, hits the palate with a medium to full-bodied, saturated and rich mouthfeel, but an elegant and ethereal quality that is difficult to articulate. It is rich, complex and tastes as if it were the vinous equivalent of a remarkable haute couture creation from the late Coco Chanel. It is full-bodied yet elegant, powerful yet delicate, and remarkably velvety-textured, sumptuous and loaded with upside potential. It can be approached now, as most 2009s tend to be, given their richness of fruit, low acidity and extraordinary concentration, but the great complexity that will emerge from this fabulous terroir is at least a decade away, and this wine is set for 50 or more years of longevity. Kudos to Haut-Bailly!
97 - Medium to deep garnet colored, the 2009 Haut-Bailly hits the ground running with bold black fruit preserves, Morello cherries, baked blueberries and tilled earth scents with nuances of fried herbs, chargrilled meat and a ferrous waft plus a touch of menthol. Medium to full-bodied, the taut palate has a firm, grainy texture with a lively line lifting the core of muscular fruit, finishing long and earthy. - Lisa Perrotti-Brown, March 2019
The 2009 Haut-Bailly, matured in 55% new oak, has a powerful, opulent and “daring” bouquet with layers of black fruit infused with cedar, graphite, pain grillé and pressed flowers. The palate is medium-bodied with slightly savoury black fruit laced with pencil lead and spices. There is great depth and volume to this Haut-Bailly, allied with a softness that makes it more approachable than say, the 2010. It feels long in the mouth with firm grip with a saline note on the finish. Excellent, although I suspect the follow-up will ultimately prove superior. Tasted at the château. - vinous.com, March 2019
[60/37/3CF] Very ripe fruit - raspberry, blackcurrant, and mineral too; rich, very nicely balanced, relatively full and fleshy middleweight with a very fine grained, but present tannin; juicy ripeness within the finely firm structure; long, minerally, warm, and with fine, scented, gently fruity, sweet length. A fairly weighty Haut Bailly, but retaining its usual elegance and finesse as well. 2018-30