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2008 Château Haut-Bailly


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$115.00 per Bottle


21 Bottles




"A candidate for the -wine of the vintage,- the 2008 Haut-Bailly possesses incredible complexity. Tell-tale notes of lead pencil shavings, charcoal, damp earth, black cherries and black currants intermixed with a hint of subtle barbecue smoke are present in this classic, quintessential Graves. Medium-bodied with an emerging, precocious complexity, it is a super-pure, beautifully textured, long wine that can be drunk now or cellared for 20-25 years. Bravo!" Robert Parker's Wine Advocate #194
(WA, 05/01/2011)

Rating: 96

"The 2008 Haut Bailly has long been one of the knockout wines of the vintage. Now at ten years of age it retains its youthful appearance. It has a stunning bouquet with billowing, pure blackberry and bilberry fruit tinged with brine and iodine, very well defined and one of the most intense you will find in 2008. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin. This feels lithe and silky smooth in the mouth: intense black fruit, a splash soy and a more structured finish. Just superb." Neal Martin, Vinous.com
(NM, 02/01/2018)

Rating: 93
Drink from: 2018-2040

"Racy and slightly taut, with red currant and cherry pit notes laced with grilled herb and warm stone. There's a sinewy edge on the finish, with more minerality than fruit for now, but this adds some flesh as it airs, showing subtle persistence. Drink now through 2016. 6,000 cases made." Wine Spectator
(WS, 04/30/2011)

Rating: 90
Drink from: 2011-2016

"Youthful cassis colour at the core. Light and spicy, a little leafy, finely scented. Fresh red fruit and the scent carries through on the palate to a long finish. Restrained elegance though well structured." Julia Harding MW, JancisRobinson.com
(JR, 10/19/2010)

Rating: 17
Drink from: 2013-2025

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