This understated Graves red wine specialist is run by the charming Véronique Sanders, grand-daughter of Belgian wine merchant Daniel Sanders who had bought Haut-Bailly in 1955 and fourth generation to take care of this beautiful chateau.
The current owner, Chris Wilmers, was at graduate school when his father Bob, the head of one of the largest commercial banks in the United States bought Château Haut-Bailly in 1998 from the Sanders family. Upon his father's death in 2017, the Professor of Ecology at Santa Cruz university took over the role of President.
'The classic 2012 Haut-Bailly is staggeringly great wine, with a stunning bouquet of lead pencil shavings, blueberries, black raspberries and blackcurrants and perhaps a touch of spring flowers, followed by a medium to full-bodied wine with an almost seamless integration of wood, alcohol and tannin. It is rich, concentrated, stunningly supple, pure and a total hedonistic and intellectual turn-on. This wine defines what is meant by intensity of flavor, but it is light on its feet, à la great cuisine. It should be drinkable reasonably young, but age effortlessly for 25-30 years. One of the great shining superstars of Pessac-Léognan has been the ascent of Haut-Bailly under the ownership of Robert Wilmers, an American, and his winemaking team lead by Véronique Sanders. Readers checking the database of the Wine Advocate will note that the 2009 has been elevated to a perfect score, which is of course not surprising, since it started off with a 98-point rating.' 96 pts, eRobertParker.com.April, 2015