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Château-Direct Offer (1990-2019)
Three Decades of Château Haut-Bailly: The 100-Point Values, Sleepers and More

“Haut-Bailly’s ethereal character is virtually unmatched in Bordeaux.” –Robert Parker

Antonio Galloni called the 2019 Château Haut-Bailly “easily one of the highlights of the vintage,” Neal Martin called the 2016 “the best Haut-Bailly in the modern era,” Robert Parker called the 2009 “one of the perfect wines of this great, great vintage.” What does Zachys think? The wines of Haut-Bailly are consistently some of the finest collector values in Grand Cru Classé Bordeaux marrying power and elegance. The artisanal Haut-Brion neighbor offers over 500 years of pedigree from the ancient gravelly soils and 120-year-old vines of Pessac-Léognan. In fact, in the early 1900s, a bottle of Haut-Bailly demanded more than a bottle of Lafite, Mouton, and Latour on restaurant wine lists around the world. Today, it is once again Bordeaux’s hottest property alongside the likes of Pichon-Lalande and Vieux Château Certan, and few Bordeaux are as difficult to secure and keep around.

We recently revisited the outstanding 2015 Haut-Bailly (98+De/98JS/97+WA) and immediately went back to the château to secure a tariff-free allocation direct from their cellars. There is already a lot to like here and with time it will compete with the profound 2009 and 2010. The wine already commands $270+ per bottle elsewhere. But that was just the beginning... we are now able to offer three decades of Haut-Bailly direct from the château cellars with perfect provenance. Next to the string of strong recent performances under the guidance of Véronique Sanders, we’ve included our go-to sleepers from 2008 (96WA) and 2006 (95WA/95JD), both well-priced and ready to be enjoyed. The Château has additionally offered a rare collection of double magnums, jeroboams, and imperials. Stocks on these limited formats are dwindling and are priced accordingly.

Featured Wines: Three Decades of Château Haut-Bailly

Producer/DescriptionVintageFormatSpecialPress
Château Haut-Bailly* 2019 750ML $92.00 98-99JS/97-99WA/96-98NM/96-98JD
Château Haut-Bailly 2019 3L $399.00 98-99JS/97-99WA/96-98NM/96-98JD
Château Haut-Bailly 2019 6L $819.00 98-99JS/97-99WA/96-98NM/96-98JD
Château Haut-Bailly 2018 750ML $128.99 97-100JD/96-98+WA/96-98ZBT
Château Haut-Bailly 2018 1.5L $269.99 97-100JD/96-98+WA/96-98ZBT
Château Haut-Bailly 2018 6L $1,119.99 97-100JD/96-98+WA/96-98ZBT
Château Haut-Bailly* 2017 750ML $104.99 95AG/95JS/94-96WA
Château Haut-Bailly* 2016 750ML $149.99 98WA/98JS/98JD/98+ZBT
Château Haut-Bailly* 2016 1.5L $299.99 98WA/98JS/98JD/98+ZBT
Château Haut-Bailly 2016 3L $629.99 98WA/98JS/98JD/98+ZBT
Château Haut-Bailly 2016 6L $1,299.99 98WA/98JS/98JD/98+ZBT
Château Haut-Bailly 2015 750ML $149.99 98+De/98JS/97+WA
Château Haut-Bailly 2015 1.5L $289.99 98+De/98JS/97+WA
Château Haut-Bailly 2015 3L $779.99 98+De/98JS/97+WA
Château Haut-Bailly 2015 6L $1,099.99 98+De/98JS/97+WA
Château Haut-Bailly* 2012 750ML $99.99 96AG/96JD/94WA/94JS
Château Haut-Bailly* 2012 1.5L $214.99 96AG/96JD/94WA/94JS
Château Haut-Bailly 2012 3L $449.99 96AG/96JD/94WA/94JS
Château Haut-Bailly 2012 5L $909.99 96AG/96JD/94WA/94JS
Château Haut-Bailly 2012 6L $1,099.99 96AG/96JD/94WA/94JS
Château Haut-Bailly 2010 750ML $179.99 100De/98JS/99RP
Château Haut-Bailly 2010 1.5L $369.99 100De/98JS/99RP
Château Haut-Bailly 2010 3L $999.99 100De/98JS/99RP
Château Haut-Bailly 2010 5L $1,649.99 100De/98JS/99RP
Château Haut-Bailly 2010 6L $1,999.99 100De/98JS/99RP
Château Haut-Bailly* 2009 750ML $229.99 100WA/100JD
Château Haut-Bailly* 2009 1.5L $479.99 100WA/100JD
Château Haut-Bailly 2009 3L $1,549.99 100WA/100JD
Château Haut-Bailly 2009 5L $2,559.99 100WA/100JD
Château Haut-Bailly 2009 6L $3,079.99 100WA/100JD
Château Haut-Bailly* 2008 375ML $79.99 96WA/94De/94JD
Château Haut-Bailly* 2008 750ML $129.99 96WA/94De/94JD
Château Haut-Bailly* 2006 750ML $119.99 95WA/95JD
Château Haut-Bailly* 2005 750ML $189.99 98+JD/97De/95WA
Château Haut-Bailly* 2005 1.5L $399.99 98+JD/97De/95WA
Château Haut-Bailly* 2000 750ML $174.99 96De/94JD/94JS
Château Haut-Bailly* 2000 1.5L $349.99 96De/94JD/94JS
Château Haut-Bailly 2000 3L $999.99 96De/94JD/94JS
Château Haut-Bailly 2000 5L $1,629.99 96De/94JD/94JS
Château Haut-Bailly 2000 6L $1,999.99 96De/94JD/94JS
Château Haut-Bailly* 1999 750ML $119.99 91De/90VM
Château Haut-Bailly* 1990 750ML $144.99 93JG/90RP

All wines are pre-arrival, direct from Château Haut-Bailly
*subject to applicable tariffs upon arrival to the US

What the Critics Are Saying:

2019 Haut-Bailly
98-99 Points, James Suckling: "Such totally graceful perfumes to this, showing currants, dried flowers and stones, as well as hints of forest fruit and subtle tar, asphalt and smoke. Full-bodied, yet the texture is pristine with intense, polished and fine-grained tannins. So long, flavorful and ever so beautiful. The finish is never ending. This really is something special. 56% cabernet sauvignon, 36% merlot, 4% cabernet franc and 4% petit verdot." 6/20

97-99 Points, Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Composed of 56% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 4% Petit Verdot, the 2019 Haut-Bailly was harvested from the 23rd of September to 11th of October. Deep garnet-purple colored, it leaps from the glass with vivacious notes of blackcurrant cordial, black raspberries and plum preserves with a tantalizing undercurrent of candied violets, dark chocolate, menthol and licorice plus a touch of Chinese five spice. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is achingly elegant, showing off perfumed black fruit layers with a firm frame of very fine-grained, silt-like tannins and seamless freshness, finishing with incredible persistence and fragrance. Just magic." 6/20

96-98 Points, Neal Martin, Vinous: "The 2019 Haut-Bailly was picked 23 September to 10 October. After 10-15 minutes in the glass the wine gradually unfurls to reveal beautiful red berry fruit, crushed stone, wilted rose petals and faint hints of blueberry. The palate is quite brilliantly balanced, the tannins extremely fine and framing the slightly earthy black fruit laced with salt. Though Véronique Sanders suggests that it bears a semblance to the 2009 with more depth, I cannot see that verisimilitude. To me, it is a less flamboyant and more terroir expressive Haut-Bailly that has an effortless allure and a sense of sophistication. Wonderful." 6/20

95-97 Points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous: "Elegance and sophistication are front and center in the 2019 Haut-Bailly. A wine of finesse and understatement, the 2019 reveals itself slowly in the glass. Graphite, crushed rocks, lavender, blackberry and lavender are some of the nuances that develop over time, but more than anything else, the 2019 is all about focus, persistence and simply exquisite overall balance. It is easily one of the highlights of the vintage." 6/20

2018 Haut-Bailly
97-100 Points, Jeb Dunnuck, jebdunnuck.com: “A wine that's going to flirt with perfection, the 2018 Château Haut-Bailly is a blend of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, and 5% Each of Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc, brought up in 60% new French oak. Hitting 14.5% alcohol, its deep purple color is followed by a fabulous bouquet of pure crème de cassis, crushed violets, white flowers, graphite, and damp earth. An incredibly powerful, opulent wine, it nevertheless has sensational purity as well as the freshness and elegance that's the hallmark of this terrific estate. It will drink well in just a few years yet keep for 20-25 years or more.” 5/19

2017 Haut-Bailly
95 Points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous: “The 2017 Haut-Bailly is racy and polished to the core, with no hard edges and just exceptional beauty. Dark cherry, plum, chocolate, spice, new leather, incense, and grilled herb overtones infuse the 2017 with striking layers of nuance, but it is the wine's feel that really elevates it into the realm of Pessac-Léognan's best. The 2017 is an elegant and exceptionally understated Haut-Bailly.” 3/20

2016 Haut-Bailly
98 Points, Jeb Dunnuck, jebdunnuck.com: “Matching the brilliant 2015, the 2016 Château Haut Bailly checks in as a blend of 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, and the rest Cabernet Franc brought up in 60% new French oak. This sensational effort boasts a deep purple color as well as a massive bouquet of crème de cassis, tobacco leaf, crushed flowers, and graphite, with just hints of smoky earth emerging with time in the glass. Deep, medium to full-bodied, and concentrated, it’s nevertheless all about finesse and elegant, and this beauty just glides across the palate. Reminding me a little bit of the 2009 with its textural richness and length, it’s another awesome wine from Véronique Sanders that’s capable of keeping for 30+ years.” 02/19

97+ Points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous: “A big, vertical wine, the 2016 Haut-Bailly explodes onto the palate with tremendous depth and intensity. Readers should be in no rush to drink the 2016, as it won't be close to ready to drink for at least a decade, and I say that as an eternal optimist. Black cherry, smoke, tobacco, cedar, gravel and incense add to the wine's decidedly somber personality.“ 01/19

2015 Haut-Bailly
98+ Points, Jane Anson, Decanter: “The first modern vintage to have Petit Verdot in any great quantity (there is always a tiny sprinkle from the mixed plot of century-old vines), and it adds a gorgeous deep character, certainly when set against what is already an exceptional vintage in Pessac-Léognan. Great aromatics, poise and elegance, signature Haut-Bailly with its deeply textured cassis and blackberry fruit layered with cedar, graphite and pencil lead. Love this, just a brilliant Haut-Bailly that is going to run and run.” 07/20

98+ Points, Jeb Dunnuck, jebdunnuck.com: “The 2015 Haut Bailly checks in as a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot and 4% Petit Verdot that comes from the gravelly soils of the Graves region, just southeast of Bordeaux. It’s an incredibly beautiful, classy 2015 that offers a sexy bouquet of crème de cassis, lead pencil shavings, tobacco leaf, and exotic spices. Deep, full-bodied, and voluptuously textured, with ultra-fine tannin and building richness that never takes away from its incredible elegance and purity, it’s another heavenly 2015 that’s going to benefit from 4-5 years of bottle age and just sing for 2-3 decades. Hats off to winemaker Véronique Sanders – this might end up rivaling the out of this world 2009.” 02/18

(97+ Points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate) 97 Points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous: “Once again, I am absolutely stunned by how vivid the 2015 Haut-Bailly is. Bright, red-toned fruit and floral overtones convey freshness. Deep and unctuous in the glass, with tremendous concentration, the 2015 has more than enough clout to age well for several decades. It will need at least a few years in bottle to be truly enjoyable.” 2/18

2012 Haut-Bailly
96 Points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous: “The 2012 Haut Bailly is quite fragrant and inviting. Dark raspberries, mint, crushed flowers, spices and rose petals all lift from the glass in this feminine, gracious Haut-Bailly that offers considerable near and medium-term appeal. All the elements fall into place in an effortless, stunningly beautiful wine endowed with personality and class. One of the wines of the vintage, the Haut Bailly will drink well for two decades-plus. This is a superb showing from proprietor Bob Wilmers and his team headed by Véronique Sanders. The decision to lower temperatures in fermentation and go for a soft, gentle extraction, along with strict selection has paid off big time.” 01/16

96 Points, Jeb Dunnuck, jebdunnuck.com: “The 2012 Haut Bailly is brilliant and does nothing to damper my belief that this vintage is underrated in the market. Offering up a classic bouquet of tobacco leaf, cigar wrapper, blackcurrants, lead pencil, and graphite, this beauty is full-bodied, has terrific concentration, integrated acidity and plenty of fine tannins. While it starts out up front and seemingly ready to go, it tightens up with time in the glass and is going to benefit from 2-4 years of bottle age and drink nicely for two decades. It’s a sensational wine you won’t regret having in your cellar.” 08/18

2010 Haut-Bailly
100 Points, Jane Anson, Decanter: “As ever when tasting the two together, the striking thing is the difference in character rather than quality between 2009 and 2010. This is tighter, more structured in its concentration, more broad shouldered, but still intensely impressive and full of pleasure. Neither are ready to go yet, but this feels like it will last longer, and feels extremely Haut-Bailly in spirit, with an elegant but complex personality, and a grip that doesn't make a big deal of its power but refuses to give up. Blackberry, bilberry, black chocolate and pencil. Harvest September 22 to October 14.” 07/20

98 Points, James Suckling, jamessuckling.com: “Great aromas of crushed blackberries with flowers and stones that follow through to a full body, with super silky tannins and a long, long finish. It fills your mouth with beautiful fruit and velvety tannins yet shows tension and form. This lasts for minutes on the palate. Structured and superb. Don't touch until 2020.” 2/13

2009 Haut-Bailly
100 Points, Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate: “I have had this wine now four separate times since I wrote my official review after bottling of the 2009s. It goes from strength to strength, and it is not surprising that it is now one of the perfect wines of this great, great vintage – the finest vintage of Bordeaux that I have tasted in 37 years covering that epicenter for world-class quality in wine. Much of it is attributable to winemaker Véronique Sanders and her boss, Robert Wilmers. Their incredibly draconian selection process and their enormous investments in both the viticulture and the estate as well as the winemaking facility have paid off brilliantly over the last decade. The 2009, which has an opaque ruby/purple color, an extraordinary nose of high-quality unsmoked cigar tobacco, graphite, blackcurrants and spice, hits the palate with a medium to full-bodied, saturated and rich mouthfeel, but an elegant and ethereal quality that is difficult to articulate. It is rich, complex and tastes as if it were the vinous equivalent of a remarkable haute couture creation from the late Coco Chanel. It is full-bodied yet elegant, powerful yet delicate, and remarkably velvety-textured, sumptuous and loaded with upside potential. It can be approached now, as most 2009s tend to be, given their richness of fruit, low acidity and extraordinary concentration, but the great complexity that will emerge from this fabulous terroir is at least a decade away, and this wine is set for 50 or more years of longevity. Kudos to Haut-Bailly!” 4/15

100 Points, Jeb Dunnuck, jebdunnuck.com: “Deep ruby/purple-colored, with loads of red currants, smoked meats, dried flowers, Asian spices and hints of truffle-like aromatics, the 2009 Haut Bailly is full-bodied, ethereally textured, super elegant, and possesses a purity of fruit that’s off the charts. In addition to a wealth of fruit, this absolutely perfect wine glides across the palate and carries incredible intensity and richness without any sensation of weight or heaviness. It's already impossible to resist, yet will keep for another two to three decades. This is the epitome of elegance and finesse in Bordeaux!” 12/17

2008 Haut-Bailly
96 Points, Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate: “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!” 05/11

94 Points, Jeb Dunnuck, jebdunnuck.com: “The 2008 Château Haut Bailly is brilliant and shows the purity and finesse-driven style of this estate beautifully. Pure Cabernet notes of blackcurrants, tobacco leaf, and gravelly minerality all emerge from this medium to full-bodied effort that has remarkable freshness and focus. At the early stages of its drinking plateau, enjoy it any time over the coming 10-15 years.” 02/19

2006 Haut-Bailly
95 Points, Jeb Dunnuck, jebdunnuck.com: “The 2006 Haut Bailly is just now entering its prime drink window, and is certainly a gorgeous bottle of wine. Still ruby colored and youthful, with terrific notes of blackcurrants, black cherries, truffle, and scorched earth, it hits the palate with medium to full-bodied richness, a beautiful, supple, sexy texture, and sweet tannin. It’s an irresistible, elegant, layered Pessac to drink anytime over the coming two decades.” 02/18

93 Points, Neal Martin, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate: “2006 Château Haut-Bailly has a refined and pure bouquet with hints of dark chocolate infusing the precise red berry fruit. I love the way this seductively unfurls in the glass, as if a finger is beckoning you. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, a keen line of acidity, quite grippy and backward towards the finish, suggesting that this will benefit from another year or two in bottle. Elegance and power here, a Haut-Bailly cruising at a high level.” 05/16

2005 Haut-Bailly
98+ Points, Jeb Dunnuck, jebdunnuck.com: “One of the top vintages of Haut-Bailly out there, the 2005 is a quintessential example of this terroir, showing incredible finesse and elegance paired with ample concentration and depth of fruit. Complex notes of black cherries, darker currants, gravelly earth, graphite, smoke tobacco, and cedar notes all emerge from the glass, and it’s full-bodied, flawlessly balanced, and pure class on the palate. I’ve always thought the 2009 was the greatest vintage from this estate that I’ve tasted, yet this is certainly knocking on the doorstep, although in a more classic, structured style. I find this insanely good today, but it’s still youthful and is set for another 30+ years of truly spectacular drinking! Hats off to Veronique Sanders and the team at Haut-Bailly for another magical wine.” 06/20

95 Points, Neal Martin, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate: “The 2005 Haut Bailly is rapidly turning into a glorious wine. You instantly fall in love with the purity on the nose, luscious red cherries, wild strawberry and blueberry. This is still youthful and beautifully defined. The palate is medium-bodied with quite a structured opening like many in this vintage. It exerts a gentle grip in the mouth, quite tensile and linear and perhaps just tightening up a tad toward the finish. It is biding its time, but it will repay those who cellar this outstanding 2005 for another four or five years.” 07/17

2000 Haut-Bailly
96 Points, Jane Anson, Decanter: “A gorgeous wine that is still flexing its muscles, showing controlled brilliance, barely putting a step out of line. The tannins are perfectly integrated but full of life, and the fruit is savoury with autumnal berries of blackberry and bilberry, set against grilled cedar, cool ash and careful flicks of black pepper spice. The overall character remains concentrated, barely a hint of tertiary flavours, still well bedded down with a long life ahead of it. A stretched-out harvest from September 13 to October 11, giving plenty of time to pick at full ripeness.” 07/20

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Zachys’ Bordeaux Team