From the winery: "Haut-Bailly is situated on the left bank of the Garonne, south of Bordeaux in the commune of Léognan home of the 16 Graves Crus Classés. It sits on a high ridge above the small winding road from Leognan to Cadaujac and has a oceanic micro-climate. The soil is sandy and mixed with gravel, resting on a layer of sandstone that is petrified with the remains of prehistoric fossil shells. There are 28 hectares (69 acres) of planted vines on one piece of land, with a vine-density of 10,000 per hectare. Fifteen percent of the vines are more than 100 years old – a mixture of Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Malbec, Petit Verdot, and Cabernet Sauvignon – and the remainder of the estate is planted with 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, and 10% Cabernet Franc. The vineyard is managed according to strict tradition and chemical weed killers are never used. Spraying is carefully limited, the soil is ploughed and weeded with hoes, and the grapes are picked entirely by hand. CHATEAU HAUT-BAILLY: This wine has a distinctive style that harmoniously combines classicism with modernity, elegance, finesse and softness with structure. Elegance and finesse are the secret of its charm giving it a character that is aristocratic, rich, and extraordinarily soft in spite of a high proportion of Cabernet. Haut-Bailly has great aging potential and consistently wins praise from experts who agree that it offers complex pleasure and a richness that is neither aggressive nor ostentatious."
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