Red

2003 Château Haut-Bailly

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • France
  • Bordeaux
  • Graves
  • Pessac-Léognan
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Community Tasting Notes 63

  • JonnyG Likes this wine: 91 points

    April 17, 2019 - Very much a product of its vintage, enjoyable but straightforward and not one I would expect to show complexity with more age. Dark red and blue fruit on the nose. A creamy, soft mouthfeel with good acidity complementing the fruit. A touch of herbs. Medium+ finish. Sweet tannins. Outclassed by its 1970 sibling though I wouldn't hesitate to reach for one of these on any given night.

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  • Klugi Wine wrote: 90 points

    November 25, 2018 - Somehow today the hot vintage showed through.
    With time Graves notes (tobacco, pencil,..) develop. It is full ripe now and I would drink it over the next 5-10 years.

  • Eric Guido Likes this wine: 91 points

    November 8, 2018 - he more I taste from Haut Bailly, the more the wines seem to grow on me. The 2003 was no different, hailing from a hot vintage, showing so much to like about it. The bouquet was a display of sweet herbs and florals, giving way to a mix of dark red and blue fruits, as crushed-stone minerality provided lift. On the palate, I found a soft, silky expression, energized by a wave of vibrant acidity, as notes of raspberry, spice and sweet lavender emerged. The finish was long and zesty, showing spiced red berry fruits with hints of sweet herbs and residual grippy tannin.

  • JonnyG Likes this wine: 91 points

    September 17, 2018 - Very approachable, and didn’t seem to budge during the next several hours after being decanted. Medium bodied, very much in balance, but held back by a lack of depth of fruit. Cedar shavings, charcoal, currants and some tar. Sweet tannins. Should stay on this plateau for eight-ten more years.

  • drmarclevine wrote: 88 points

    July 28, 2018 - Wasn't really happening tonight. Decanted 2+ hours. The nose was the highlight with raspberry/cassis jam and a full dose of roasted green chilis, maybe even some roasted coffee notes, too. No sparks flying in the mouth, however. Under-ripe red plum with a bitter/sour layer without enough depth to round it out. Drank thin, astringent and off-balance. Atypical, perhaps due to the hot vintage. Disappointing.

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  • By Chris Kissack
    April 2008 (link) 17+ points

    (Chateau Haut-Bailly Pessac-Léognan) A ripe and exotic character on the nose here, but thankfully not a baked character. Ripe in terms of structure, with a firmness to the tannins as has been noted from previous tastings. A nice flesh, a touch chewy perhaps under the fruit. But overall this has good quality and an attractive style for the vintage.

  • By Chris Kissack
    November 2006 (link) (16.5-17+) points

    (Chateau Haut-Bailly Pessac-Léognan) An exotic nose here in keeping with the vintage, showing bright, vibrant red cherry fruit with, admittedly, and rather confit, cherry pie style in the background. Rather a low acidity on the palate, unsurprisingly, with a panoply of evocative flavours as on the nose, and although there is a big, tannin-dominated finish this has undeniable style. This could progress to a rather elegant maturity, but predicting over what length of time this will proceed is difficult.

  • By Chris Kissack
    April 2006 (link) 17+ points

    (Chateau Haut-Bailly Pessac-Léognan) A good nose here, showing a really attractive style; it offers very ripe fruit with a certain freshness, the profile not quite entering into the prune-like or stewed end of the spectrum. Similar appeal on the palate; although it has a rather brawny presence at the moment, with some firm but ripe tannins quite prominent, there really is classic style hiding in the wings. Good, gravelly, minerally typicity. Showing more style, and better overall, than when tasted at the UGC tasting last year. Well done!

  • By Chris Kissack
    October 2005 (link) 17+ points

    (Chateau Haut-Bailly Pessac-Léognan) A rather muted nose. A little perfume, but otherwise not showing much at all. There is a full, nicely textured character on the palate, with ripe and supple, although still rather firm, tannins through the midpalate and finish. There is a creaminess to the style, and the palate is nicely knitted together, and the wine has a presence right through to the finish. This is potentially the best wine here I think, and is merely closed down today. Really nicely composed albeit rather muted, and I hope this may be more expressive with time.

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2003
  • Type Red
  • Producer Château Haut-Bailly
  • Varietal Red Bordeaux Blend
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country France
  • Region Bordeaux
  • SubRegion Graves
  • Appellation Pessac-Léognan
  • UPC Code 097000336926

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  • Pending Delivery 167 (10%)
  • In Cellars 948 (59%)
  • Consumed 498 (31%)

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