Vintage 2008: Purity

Vintage 2008 : Purity 

April 2008 was particularly cold but the vineyard of Haut-Bailly once again was able to benefit from its excellent position raised, on an outcrop that protects it from frost. Rain during May caused some disruption to the flowering, leading to low yields. Happily, July was dry and beautiful.

The weather in September and October was exceptional and particularly dry, which meant the grapes reached perfect maturity and showed high degrees of potential alcohol, equal to both 2005 and 2006. The acidity levels remained fairly high because of the moderate summer temperatures. The grapes themselves were smaller, which contributed to a real concentration of flavours once the grapes were in the vats.  

The 2008 harvest will remain in the history books as one of the longest and latest of the decade: 10 days of grape picking spread out over 5 weeks! The harvest began on September 25th for the youngest Merlots, while the last Cabernet Sauvignons were brought in from October 17th to 23rd, in perfect health. Low yields and a late year are a strong indication of excellent quality. The 2008 vintage is rich in colour, has great vivacity, structure and balance, with velvety tannins that are seductive and powerful: both striking and soft!

Harvest: September 25th – October 23rd   
Château Haut-Bailly blend: 70% Cabernet Sauvignon – 30% Merlot
La Parde Haut-Bailly blend: 41% Cabernet Sauvignon – 51% Merlot – 8% Cabernet Franc