Vintage 2009: Mythic !

Vintage 2009 : Mythic ! 

Luckily, all the elements were present for 2009 to be an unforgettable vintage. The growth cycle of the vines and the ripening of the grapes took place in particularly favourable weather conditions, assisted by meticulous work in the vineyard.

The rather dry and cold winter delayed budburst by a fortnight, the Merlot and Cabernet flowered at the same time, around May 30th. The great weather conditions in the summer were perfect for the ripening of the grapes and continued through to September, during which warm days were generally followed by cool nights. These conditions particularly favoured the concentration of flavours and the accumulation of pigments. The grapes were sweet, richly coloured, and fruity, in proportions similar to the greatest vintages.

Harvesting began on September 15th with the Merlots in the mornings, to avoid the afternoon heat and went on late into the season. The Cabernet Sauvignons and Cabernet Francs were picked between October 7th – 14th.

The wines’ structure is characterized by a succulent texture and a very pure expression of ripe fruit resulting, in particular, from the alcoholic fermentation process, during which temperatures were kept at around 26° Celsius. The structure presents a remarkable harmonious balance. The Merlots are superb while the Cabernets are powerful but incredibly creamy: these are real thoroughbreds. 2009 is an exceptional vintage.

Harvest: September 15th – October 14th   
Château Haut-Bailly blend: 60% Cabernet Sauvignon – 37% Merlot – 3% Cabernet Franc
La Parde Haut-Bailly blend: 44% Cabernet Sauvignon – 40% Merlot – 16% Cabernet Franc