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2004 Haut-Bailly 750ml
2004 Haut-Bailly
France - Bordeaux - Pessac Leognan / Cru Classe
Red / Bordeaux Blend
2004 Haut-Bailly
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Professional Reviews

IWC
90(+?)

International Wine Cellar Author: Stephen Tanzer Issue: Issue 132

($48-$55) Plum, redcurrant, mocha, tobacco, licorice, minerals and a gravelly note on the nose, along with some nutty oak. Supple and fruity, with an impression of strong acidity for the year and plenty of underlying minerality. This shows less density and structure than the 2006 but possesses excellent fruit for the year. Ripe enough but quite dry. This appears to be in the process of shutting down now.

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WA
93

Wine Advocate Author: Robert Parker Issue: 171

The 2004 Haut-Bailly is a candidate for the finest wine of the appellation. Its dark ruby/purple color is accompanied by classic aromas of scorched earth, sweet black currants, cherries, and a hint of pain grille. Light on its feet, but substantially flavored, it possesses stunning purity, good acidity, ripe tannin, and abundant flavor as well as length. It builds incrementally and subtly in the mouth, but it's the real deal.

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WS
91

Wine Spectator Author: James Suckling

Blackberry and licorice aromas follow through to a full-bodied palate, with velvety tannins and a long, rich aftertaste. Lots going on. This is an excellent wine and close to the 2000 in quality. 6,000 cases made.

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Community Reviews

93

Mister45 Trust Rating: 99 Tasted On: 10/30/2011

dwilson Trust Rating: 98 Tasted On: 09/22/2008

Raw beef searing on a charcoal grill; spicy; alcohol shows. I'd like to retaste this.

92

Brad Coelho Trust Rating: 97 Tasted On: 06/18/2008 Drink Dates: 04/01/2008 Site Blog: Unidentified Appellation

Ahh, the beauties of decanting! Veronique knows her wine, as this ?04 needs quite a bit of coaxing (I was dismissive of this vintage a few months back, but alas, here is the recant of my previous testimony). This, to me, was the essence of the Pessac (or is it the Leognan, you?ll have to ask Veronique about that) as it expressed a perfume full of charcoal ash, cigar box, sweet tobacco, dark currant and cocoa that could have only come from you know where. Spot on typicity, wonderfully deep and rich on the palate and had enough length to make me scream for more. An outstanding ?04 and one of which that I?d be happy to have in my cellar to drink in the midterm

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