CHÂTEAU HAUT BAILLY

CHÂTEAU HAUT BAILLY

PESSAC-LEOGNAN
Cru Classé de Graves
Owner:
Robert G.Wilmers
Manager:
Véronique Sanders
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Château Haut-Bailly has a unique terroir and it is this which gives its wine such remarkable character and elegance. Just a stone’s throw away from the city of Bordeaux, Château Haut-Bailly, one of the most prestigious Cru Classé de Graves, sits majestically in a 30 hectare (74 acres) vineyard at the heart of the Graves region on the left bank of the river Garonne.
CHÂTEAU HAUT BAILLY

In 1630 a Paris banker, Firmin Le Bailly, great admirer of the Grave wine, bought the property. Le Bailly gave his name to the estate. In 1872, the colourful Alcide Bellot des Minières acquired the property and was to leave an important mark on it. Nicknamed "King of Vintners" by his contemporaries, Bellot des Minières enlarged the estate and built the chateau as we know it today. Under Bellot des Minières’ stewardship, who was fascinated by science and paid great attention to new viticultural techniques, the wine attained a strong reputation and even first-growth price levels. After his death in 1906, several owners succeeded him. In 1955 it was acquired by Daniel Sanders, a Belgian wine merchant from Barsac (Gironde), who was convinced of its potential and set about the enormous task of renovating the property after difficult years during the 30s. He undertook significant works to improve the quality and reputation of the wine by putting a focus on selection. In 1967, he created Haut-Bailly Second wine: La Parde de Haut-Bailly.
In 1998, the Sanders sold the property to Elisabeth and Robert G. Wilmers. Under their ownership and direction, major improvements have been made to the physical plant and to the wine-making equipment, while the chateau, which had become almost derelict, has been completely restored. Today, Haut-Bailly is one of Bordeaux‟s most respected vineyards and the day-to-day management of the estate is the responsibility of Veronique Sanders, the fourth generation of her family to be associated with Haut-Bailly.

Positioned on a high ridge of land excellent for drainage, the soil is sandy and mixed with gravel, sitting on a layer of sandstone petrified with the remains of prehistoric fossil shells. All this contributes to the special character in Haut-Bailly wines.
Alcide Bellot des Minières, the owner of Château Haut-Bailly at the end of the nineteenth century, was against grafting his delicate French vines onto phylloxera-resistant American rootstocks – something that was being done in the majority of other Bordeaux vineyards. Although some American graft stock was eventually planted, Haut-Bailly still has 4 hectares of its old vines which are over a hundred years old – a mixture of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Carmenère, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Malbec. The remainder of the estate is planted with 64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 6% Cabernet Franc.

Château Haut-Bailly has a distinctive style that harmoniously combines classicism with modernity, elegance, finesse and softness with structure. The silky smoothness of the tannins echoes the elegant yet complex aromas. Château Haut-Bailly has great ageing potential.