The foundations of Chateau Haut-Bailly began to take shape in the 1530s, when the very best vineyard plots were acquired and unified by the Goyanèche family and then the Daitze family. The Daitze family managed the estate until it was purchased in 1630 by two wealthy, Parisian bankers Firmin Le Bailly and Nicholas de Leuvarde. Substantial investment was made and the estate remained under the care of the Bailly family for the next century. In 1736, the Irishman Thomas Barton took the helm whose strong business network helped to spread the word about the quality of Haut-Bailly’s wines at a time when French Claret was rising to stardom in England and Ireland.

The Chateau itself was built under the instruction of Alcide Bellot who acquired the estate in 1872. He also pioneered a precise, science-driven approach to viticulture at Haut-Bailly and soon became a figure of legend widely known as the ‘Kind of Vintners’. This was the golden age for Haut-Bailly and its wines commanded the same prices as First Growths such as Lafite, Latour, Margaux and Haut-Brion. Inveitably, following Alcide’s death, the Chateau experienced some instability and changed ownership regularly up until 1955. However this did not affect the quality of the wines they produced, as in 1953 the property was classified as a Cru Classé de Graves.

Haut-Bailly was revived through its purchase by Belgian negociant Daniel Sanders who renovated the winery and replanted the vineyards. Since 1998 the Chateau has been owned and run by the American Wilmers family. They too invested greatly in the estate and, by keeping Sanders’ same team on board, continued the renovation programme of the vineyards, cellars and chateau itself.

The property is situated at the gateway to the city of Bordeaux, in the heart of the Pessac-Leognan appellation, and is composed of 30 hectares of vineyards. At the centre of Haut-Bailly is a small 4 hectare plot of century old vines that were planted by Alcide Bellot and is interwoven with 6 grape varieties: Carmenère, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Sauvignon. In addition to the Chateau’s Grand Vin and second wine, Haut-Bailly also produces a rosé de saignée.

Available Wines

2016 Abreu, Madrona Ranch, Napa Valley 6x75cl

£2,800/CaseDuty Status: In BondAvailability: Immediate

2021 Alvaro Palacios, Ermita, Priorat DOC 3x75cl

£2,500/CaseDuty Status: In BondAvailability: Immediate

2023 Alvaro Palacios, Aubaguetes, Priorat DOC 3x75cl

£786/CaseDuty Status: In BondAvailability: Future ArrivalETA to UK address: Dec 2025

2023 Alvaro Palacios, Gratallops, Priorat DOC 6x75cl

£198/CaseDuty Status: In BondAvailability: Future ArrivalETA to UK address: Dec 2025

2016 Antinori, Tignanello, IGT 6x75cl

£858/CaseDuty Status: In BondAvailability: Immediate

2016 Antinori, Tignanello, IGT 1x150cl

£290/CaseDuty Status: In BondAvailability: Immediate

2017 Antinori, Tignanello, IGT 1x75cl

£107/CaseDuty Status: In BondAvailability: Immediate

2014 Antinori, Tignanello, IGT 6x75cl

£695/CaseDuty Status: In BondAvailability: Immediate

2017 Antinori, Tignanello, IGT 6x75cl

£680/CaseDuty Status: In BondAvailability: Immediate

2013 Arnaud Ente, Meursault 1x75cl

£530/CaseDuty Status: Duty PaidAvailability: Immediate