Profile of Château Haut-Bailly Winery

Château Haut-Bailly Winery, Bordeaux, France

There are few estates in Bordeaux that inspire the same affection as Haut-Bailly. And with good reason. Their wines are superb, the Château is beautiful and the owners are always friendly and welcoming. It is a star in the Pessac-Leognan region of Bordeaux, making incredibly consistent, fine red wine at a reasonable price! For a great introduction to the wines of Bordeaux, Haut-Bailly is hard to beat.

The property was created in the 1630’s by a Parisian banker called Firmin Le Bailly, in partnership with a wine merchant called Nicolas de Leuvarde. It passed through various hands until 1872, when it was acquired by an engineer Alcide Henri Bellot des Minieres (let’s stick to Alcide!), who built the Château and planted the ancestors of the vineyards we see today. As with so many of these great estates, a period of instability and neglect would follow Alcide’s death in 1906, when the property was inherited by his daughter who quickly sold it. Thankfully, in 1955 a Belgian merchant, Daniel Sanders, brought Haut-Bailly and replanted much of the property. Unbelievably, only 10 hectares were under vine at the time, as many of the vineyards had been abandoned and given over to grazing land. In 1979 his son Jean took over and continued his father’s work in restoring the property to its original size.

Jean Sanders had a few years in which to enjoy his hard work, until his sisters decided they wanted their share of the estate. As fortune would have it, the Château was purchased by a banker from New York State called Robert Wilmers, who had a real passion for the region and its wines. He has continued the hard work of Jean and invested heavily in Haut-Bailly. Today, it produces some of the best value wine in the region, never disappointing, always excellent. The Château offers a fantastic view of the vineyards, blessed with magical soil and situation that make outstanding wines. For very special guests, we can organize a private stay at the Château including superb meals created by your own personal chef.

Wines Produced

Château Haut-Bailly (Grand Vin) 64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc, 18 months in 50% new oak barrels.
La Parde de Haut-Bailly(Second wine of the property) 64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc, 18 months in 50% new oak barrels. Less concentration and power than the first wine
Rosé de Haut-Bailly Rosé Wine, 64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc

Winery Facts & Figures

AOC: Pessac-Léognan
Classification: Classified Growth of Graves
Founded: 1630
Owner: Robert Wilmers
Winemaker: Gabriel Vialard
Area under Vine: 33 ha
Oak: French Barriques
Age of Vines: : 35 years+, low yields - 45 hl/ha
Grape Varietals: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc
Production: 160,000 bottles

More Information:

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