Château Haut-Bailly

Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend

9.330 ratings
9.312 pro ratings
Pessac-Léognan, Graves, Bordeaux, France
Red Bordeaux Blend
Chili & Hot Spicy, Potato, White Rice, Mushrooms, Pasta, Pork, Salami & Prosciutto, Pungent Cheese, Lamb, Tomato-Based, Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Beef, Hard Cheese, Venison
Top Notes For
Web Bond

Classic.

Classic.

May 11th, 2020
Gary Westby

Champagne & Sherry buyer K&L Wines

9.4

Classy, elegant, terroir driven claret. We paired this with our first Donabe, and it worked... But I can't help thinking that it would have been better with a grilled ribeye. This is still young but the finish is already there- super long and mineral!

Classy, elegant, terroir driven claret. We paired this with our first Donabe, and it worked... But I can't help thinking that it would have been better with a grilled ribeye. This is still young but the finish is already there- super long and mineral!

2 people found it helpfulMay 22nd, 2016
Gary Westby

Champagne & Sherry buyer K&L Wines

9.9

Cinnamon says that if any wine deserves 100, this is it. Astounding length, balance and true concentration in a package that never strays from medium bodied, dry and food friendly. Like any great wine, words don't do it justice. With ribeye, Emperess rice and asparagus.

Cinnamon says that if any wine deserves 100, this is it. Astounding length, balance and true concentration in a package that never strays from medium bodied, dry and food friendly. Like any great wine, words don't do it justice. With ribeye, Emperess rice and asparagus.

1 person found it helpfulMar 17th, 2017
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.3

Had this out of magnum six months ago. Tonight out of 750ml. While the wine is tasty, I preferred it from magnum. It was weightier and more complex. Better for the steak I'm about to enjoy. Tonight it is pure elegance. Very resolved tannins with lean body. The fruits are; dry blackberries, dark cherries, black raspberries, black plum and ripe juicy strawberries pull up the rear. Dry red florals, clove, nutmeg, cinnamon & vanilla, black tea, dark cherry cola, dry soft leather, tobacco with ash, underbrush, rich black earth, stones, near perfect acidity and a long lean, balanced finish that last a full minute. Steak pairing added the weight I was looking to get. Many critics shunned the 98 vintage but the micro-climate of Pessac out shinned the region as a whole.

Had this out of magnum six months ago. Tonight out of 750ml. While the wine is tasty, I preferred it from magnum. It was weightier and more complex. Better for the steak I'm about to enjoy. Tonight it is pure elegance. Very resolved tannins with lean body. The fruits are; dry blackberries, dark cherries, black raspberries, black plum and ripe juicy strawberries pull up the rear. Dry red florals, clove, nutmeg, cinnamon & vanilla, black tea, dark cherry cola, dry soft leather, tobacco with ash, underbrush, rich black earth, stones, near perfect acidity and a long lean, balanced finish that last a full minute. Steak pairing added the weight I was looking to get. Many critics shunned the 98 vintage but the micro-climate of Pessac out shinned the region as a whole.

Jan 7th, 2017
Weijie Shi (Jay)

Asparagus, green pepper, liquorice, tobacco leaves, violet, nutmeg, bay leaves, prune on the nose. Good structure, vegetal, med-high tannin, dark chocolate, still very young on the palate. 1998 vintage

Asparagus, green pepper, liquorice, tobacco leaves, violet, nutmeg, bay leaves, prune on the nose. Good structure, vegetal, med-high tannin, dark chocolate, still very young on the palate. 1998 vintage

Oct 30th, 2016
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.3

So much better this weekend than last. It's the Ribeye. Sensational paring. Ripe rich dark cherries, black plum, blackberries, rich baking spices, rich sweet earth, sweet velvety leather, decayed red roses, sweet soft minerals, finishes with just a touch of cherry liqueur. Sweet and elegant fruit finish. For a 98, it falls into the amazing category. Many critics of the 98 vintage in Bordeaux but Pessac really shined!!!

So much better this weekend than last. It's the Ribeye. Sensational paring. Ripe rich dark cherries, black plum, blackberries, rich baking spices, rich sweet earth, sweet velvety leather, decayed red roses, sweet soft minerals, finishes with just a touch of cherry liqueur. Sweet and elegant fruit finish. For a 98, it falls into the amazing category. Many critics of the 98 vintage in Bordeaux but Pessac really shined!!!

Jun 25th, 2016
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.0

Out of magnum. Well resolved. Ripe blackberries, dark sweet cherries, dark raspberries, cooked strawberries, black tea, black earth, soft sweet leather & minerals, dry stones and a long elegant smooth finish.

Out of magnum. Well resolved. Ripe blackberries, dark sweet cherries, dark raspberries, cooked strawberries, black tea, black earth, soft sweet leather & minerals, dry stones and a long elegant smooth finish.

Jun 19th, 2016
James Forsyth

Sadly an imperfect bottle. Good fruit concentration and elegant structure were both obviously present but tainted. There was some debate as to whether the bottle was indeed corked. After an hour or so the dissenters dissented. Looking forward to trying again sometime, hopefully in all its glory.

Sadly an imperfect bottle. Good fruit concentration and elegant structure were both obviously present but tainted. There was some debate as to whether the bottle was indeed corked. After an hour or so the dissenters dissented. Looking forward to trying again sometime, hopefully in all its glory.

Sep 20th, 2018
Ryan Hayward

It was simply fantastic!

It was simply fantastic!

May 5th, 2019
Sean Christensen

Starting to die a bit. Don't decant for too long.

Starting to die a bit. Don't decant for too long.

Oct 30th, 2016