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2006 Haut Bailly

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2006 Haut Bailly from Chateau Haut Bailly, Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux

The claret connoisseur's ledger often pays homage to vintages that bask in media adulation, and while the 2006 Haut Bailly from Chateau Haut Bailly may have been swathed in the shadow of the lauded 2005s, therein lies a truly serene expression of Bordeaux's proficiency.


Elegance Amidst Rigor: A Seasonal Spectacle

The seasonal dance that is 2006 was one of poise; a mild spring and a torrid summer were graced with essential rainfall late in August. In this particular year, Pessac-Leognan wielded the elements with masterful dexterity, leading to a harvest imbued with the promise of longevity - a keystone for collectors seeking investment-grade specimens.


Maturation and Momentum: A Vision of Elegance

Upon decanting, the 2006 Haut Bailly reveals itself gradually - like an old tome whose secrets are whispered between the lines. There is a harmonious interplay of ripe berries and the unmistakable tryst of tobacco and graphite so singular to its terroir. Tannins, initially firm, unwind into a supple embrace over hours. On the palate, one encounters a structured, yet ethereal body that is both forthright in its fruit yet conservative in its elegant restraint - hallmark traits of a stellar vintage ready to burgeon collecting interest.


Vintage Diversity within Investment Portfolios

For investors seeking to diversify within the Bordeaux category, including vintages like 2006 can proffer an understated brilliance. The evolution of this wine in bottle has slumbered gracefully into a poised phase where its complexity could be deemed an unheralded asset within one's portfolio.

An autumnal spectrum spans across every swirl; this wine from Chateau Haut Bailly speaks more softly than its successive vintages but is no less profound. A prudent addition for those who value finesse over flamboyance, 2006 Haut Bailly stands confidently as a vintage worthy of measured admiration – and investment.

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A superb success for the vintage, the 2006 exhibits a deep ruby/purple hue as well as a poised, classic bouquet of sweet black cherries, graphite, camphor, truffles, and a subtle hint of oak. Medium-bodied with a stunningly layered texture, impressive purity, and beautiful balance, this cuvee is haute couture in a glass. Although surprisingly approachable, it won’t hit its adolescent stage for 8-10 years, and will last for 25-30 years thereafter. Bravo! It is extraordinary to see what the American proprietor, a banker from Buffalo, NY, Robert Wilmers and Veronique Sanders, the granddaughter of the former proprietor, have accomplished at Haut-Bailly. Together they are pushing this outstanding terroir to first-growth quality levels. It is an amazing success story, and readers looking for a quintessentially elegant Bordeaux need look no further than Haut-Bailly.

Robert Parker Jr - Wine Advocate #181 Feb 2009


Tasted at Berry Brother & Rudd’s vertical. The 2006 Haut Bailly seems to be improving in bottle. The freshness and vitality on the nose is instantly captivating with scents of wild brambles, black cherries, dark chocolate and a touch of orange sorbet. It has superb delineation and lift. The palate is medium-bodied with very fine tannins. Great focus with superb acidity, lively and vivacious with dried tobacco, thyme and a little rosemary on the focused, poised finish. The oak is very well integrated. Could this might turn out as good as the 2005? Tasted October 2011.

Neal Martin - Wine Journal Jan 2013

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