1989 Haut-Bailly, Pessac-Léognan SKU #991999

$149.99

WS 92
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K&L Notes

91 points Neal Martin's Wine Journal: "It has a strictness on the nose: a headmistress that you would not mind being in trouble with. It is very well defined, more focused than the ’90 with hints of orange blossom and sandalwood. The palate is medium-bodied with vibrant dark berry fruit, cedar, black olive and a touch of black pepper. This is imbued with commendable harmony and length: a personality-driven Haut Bailly that is well worth seeking out. Drink now-2020." (01/2013)

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  • Clyde Beffa Jr.
    By: Clyde Beffa Jr.
    7/13/2018
    K&L Staff Member
    Mature Haut Bailly from a great vintage and under $150-no brainer-buy it. Just tasted July 2018-one of the most perfect wines you could ever enjoy. Regal wine with an earthy, mineral aroma and red roses. Very elegant on the palate-all sweet cassis fruit. Finish lasts a minute. Still has at least five years of peak life. Perfection in a glass.
    Drink from 2018 to 2025
  • Alex Schroeder
    By: Alex Schroeder
    7/12/2018
    K&L Staff Member
    It’s not fair to compare an aged Haut Bailly to current release value Bordeaux, but we just finished such a staff tasting and the Haut Bailly was jaw droppingly good. It has beautiful fleshy red current and cherry fruit, a touch of earth, a hint of smoke and a balance and elegance that has me flirting with the term “perfect.” If you have a special dinner coming up, consider having this with it.
  • Gary Westby
    By: Gary Westby
    7/12/2018
    K&L Staff Member
    Chateau Haut Bailly is one of the greatest of all terroirs in Bordeaux, and one of the few that has flown mostly under the radar. While this great 1989 vintage is expensive, it is in a class that is usually far more dear. This is a wine that is not yet old- on the contrary, I would say that it is just now entering its drinking window. It has it all; high class gravelly earth, silky texture, firm dark fruit and near infinite length. If you are looking for a special occasion bottle to pair with the best dry aged ribeye you can buy, this is it. I won't forget tasting it!
    Drink from 2018 to 2039
  • Jacques Moreira
    By: Jacques Moreira
    8/15/2015
    K&L Staff Member
    Beautifully aged, and ready now. Leather, olives, plums and a touch of pepper. It is so soft on the palate, that I must use the word silk to describe the experience. An outstanding wine.

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