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Haut Bailly 2000

Subregion France > Bordeaux > Left Bank > Pessac-Léognan
Grape VarietyCabernet Sauvignon/Merlot

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Tasting Notes

I have had this wine a few times this year. It's brillant, open and ready to share over Christmas. As ever with Haut-Bailly - particularly during these years - don't expect it to be the biggest wine in the room, but it is concentrated and nuanced, still with a long life ahead of it. With a few hours in a carafe, you see the full extent of the finessed tannins and beautifully savoury cassis and blueberry fruits, laced with tar, tobacco and grilled cedar spice. Harvest from September 13 to October 11. Bob Wilmers had bought the estate in 1998, and this was the first vintage with Véronique Sanders as president (her grandfather owned the property before the Wilmers family), Denis Dubourdieu consultant.

Jane Anson, JaneAnson.com, November 2021

A classic effort, the 2000 Haut-Bailly exhibits notes of lead pencil shavings, raspberries, black currants, and loamy soil. Subtle hints of earth and smoke are also present in this medium-bodied, stylish, well-balanced, pure wine that emphasizes restraint and graciousness over power and blockbuster intensity. It has entered its plateau of maturity, where it should remain for another fifteen years.

Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (189), June 2010
James Suckling, Wine Spectator (Mar 31, 03), March 2003
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Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book (4), December 2003
Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (146), April 2003
Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (139), February 2002
Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (134), April 2001

It has been a little while since I last tasted the 2000 Haut Bailly. Now at 17 years of age it does not quite deliver the authority and the pedigree of the 2005 or 2010, moving into secondary notes with cedar wood, smoke and a touch of undergrowth, though it has lost a little cohesion. The palate is medium-bodied with a very well balanced opening. Hints of clove and black pepper infuse the black fruit, and it exerts a gentle grip in the mouth with quite a persistent finish. You can broach this now although it should continue to drink well for another 15-20 years. Tasted March 2017. Drink Date 2017-2035

Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (Interium E), July 2017
James Suckling, Wine Spectator Weekly (23 Jan 03), January 2003
James Suckling, WineSpectator.com, January 2003
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