Chateau Haut-Bailly – 6 litres Imperiale bottle
Cabernet Sauvignon : 65% – Merlot : 35%
In 2001, the Merlots were rich in colour, fruit and tannin. The Cabernets gave the impression of consistency, elegance and richness. Haut-Bailly 2001 is a long-term vintage now showing great character, vivacity and elegance.
On the eve of the 2001 harvest, the potential of the grapes showed seemed better than for the 2000: the berries were small and powerfully concentrated which led us to expect a remarkable vintage. The vines had been looked after right through the spring and summer in the most meticulous fashion : working the soil over, trimming at a height adapted to each plot, the more advanced varieties were flagged to distinguish them from those wich ripen later, strong thinning of the crop with only 6 bunches left per vine. The crop will be reduced to a mere 39 hectoliters per hectare (1030 gals/acre) of which of course only a proportion will be given the main Château Haut-Bailly label. Picking began on September 24 with the parcels of young Merlots and finished on October 11 with the Cabernets Sauvignons. The grapes were in a healthy state with thick skins and picking was carried out with infinite precaution: all the bunches were turned over and checked before being laid out on the sorting table where a group of young women discarded any blemished grapes which might have managed to get through.
‘Quite dense ruby red showing some age, a very nice perfume of cassis, dark berries, flowers and mocha, the palate is silky and ample with nice dark fruit, good freshness and finely integrated tannins, very elegant with a long aftertaste.’
“The deep ruby/purple-tinged 2001 Haut-Bailly reveals sweet, pure, elegant aromas of currants, toast, and cigar smoke. With wonderful sweetness, fine tannins, a delicate, nuanced personality, and a long, persistent finish, this well-made, impressive Pessac-Leognan will provide plenty of pleasure over the next 12-14 years.” R. Parker 90pts