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1982 Haut Bailly

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1982 Haut Bailly from Chateau Haut Bailly, Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux

The 1982 Haut Bailly from Chateau Haut Bailly is an exemplar of the extraordinary conditions that blessed the Bordeaux region that year. The epochal vintage not only propelled Pessac-Leognan into an illustrious spotlight but also underscored the sublime artisanship at Chateau Haut Bailly.


When Provenance and Climatic Serendipity Align

The 1982 vintage was gifted with a near-ideal growing season, a serendipitous concurrence of climatic elements that culminated in wines of profound structure, complexity, and longevity. These conditions are profoundly reflected in the 1982 Haut Bailly, providing both connoisseurs and investors with a wine that epitomises balletic balance and aristocratic poise.

The gravel-rich terroir of Pessac-Leognan is renowned for its heat-retention properties, offering a sanctuary for Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon to reach their zenith of ripeness. This intrinsic harmony of soil and vine is gloriously manifested in this 1982 vintage.


A Confluence of Elegance and Power

On tasting, one is greeted by a generous bouquet that interlaces ripe redcurrants with subtle hints of truffle and cedar – a sonnet to the sensorium. On the palate, the wine reveals layers of complexity; silky tannins weave through a tapestry of rich fruit intensity, marked by an elegant evolution in its lengthy finish.

DeleteHolding substantial investment allure, the 1982 Haut Bailly still offers a splendid canvas of flavours that linger with memorable persistence. It stands as a testament to Bordeaux's prowess in an exceptional year and promises continued maturation potential for fine wine portfolios.

Indeed, this remarkable 1982 offering from Chateau Haut Bailly adds a touchstone label to any serious collection or investment. Its grace is matched only by its robust vitality – a rarity that whispers the essence of Pessac-Leognan's terroir and captures the very soul of an outstanding Bordeaux vintage.

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Now this is another attractive 1982, whose only fault is that it is rarely seen on the market, most likely because it has all been consumed. A shame, because this has a heavenly, eucalyptus scented bouquet that is still evident after two hours in glass. A touch of liquorice also evolving with time. The palate is full-bodied with mint and cedar infusing the black fruits with fine tannins. Perhaps a little short on the finish, with mulberry and a hint of sloes lingering on the aftertaste. Silky texture, very harmonious, this is a lovely 1982 drinking perfectly now. Drink now-2012. Tasted September 2007.

Neal Martin - Wine Journal Mar 2008


A disappointing wine, this soft, herbal, diluted 1982 reveals a lack of muscle, concentration, and depth. It has not fallen apart, but it does not exhibit much character, complexity, or pleasure. Drink it up.

Robert Parker Jr - Wine Advocate #129 June 2000

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