103 Avenue de de Cadaujac, 33850 Léognan
According to some handwritten sources, in 1461 vines could already be seen on the site of the present Château Haut-Bailly; But it was 70 years later, under the impetus of the Goyanèche and Daitze families, that the foundations of this modern vineyard were laid. After the death of Gaillard Daitze, Firmin Le Bailly bought the estate from Gaillard’s heirs and decided to invest considerable resources to pursue the development of this terroir rich and worthy of the best wines: a beneficial choice for the house, to which he decided to give its name, because she didn’t take long to have an international influence.
After more than a century of succession, Alcide Bellot des Minières, an exceptional contractor, decided to dedicate all his energy to this vineyard estate, and it’s only a few years after the acquisition of this property that it bears the Price of its wines to those of the Premiers Crus Classés Lafite, Latour, Margaux or Haut-Brion. The excellence of its wines being recognized throughout the world, Château Haut-Bailly was listed in 1953 as a Crus Classés de Graves. The latter subsequently experienced a renaissance with a new owner at its head, Daniel Sanders: this is when renovation and modernization works have been undertaken. His son Jean, will also strive to perpetuate the image and the quality of his wines with respect for the terroir and tradition. After this it’s an American personality, Robert G. Wilmers, who took over the torch in 1998. For ownership, this acquisition represented a real opportunity: In the hands of a passionate owner, his future thus appears assured and full of promises. He entrusted the management of the estate to Véronique Sanders, Jean's little daughter, who became one of the few women from Bordeaux to run a winery.
The Château Haut-Bailly is located at the gates of Bordeaux and throne at the highest point of Léognan. It’s a 30 hectare vineyard on one of the highest gravel banks on the left bank of the Garonne. It benefits from excellent inclination of slopes, efficient drainage and well-distributed ditches that ensure the flow of water in a wet year. Among the three components of the terroir, the earth is the most important: it’s composed of a sandy and gravelly soil. The vineyard itself, consists of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc.
You will have the opportunity to stay in one of four very beautiful rooms ("Camille", "Robert", "Juliette", "Christopher") or in the suite ("Guillaume & Charlotte") of the Château Le Pape, a haven of peace dedicated to wine lovers, who is also part of the Haut-Bailly family.
Nothing more reminiscent than having breakfast on a terrace overlooking the vineyards, strolling through the gardens of the property and enjoying the sun by the pool.
For lunch or dinner, the Château Haut-Bailly opens the doors to its dining room, where you can enjoy a meal prepared by the chef of the castle kitchen: between tasting and high gastronomy, you will be invited to share the Secrets of a Grand Cru and the sweetness of a beautiful table.
The Château Haut-Bailly delivers elegant and race wines, harmonious and very flexible despite the high proportion of Cabernet; without omitting that their aptitude for aging is really impressive. Despite the opposition of Alcide Bellot of the mines at the time, American plants were eventually planted but the property still has today 4 hectares of very old vines some of which are more than a century old. Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Carmenère, Merlot, Malbec and Petit Verdot are all very varied. You will have the opportunity to taste these unique wines, visit the property and learn more about the estate, its history and its wines by attending one of their activities.
As a couple, with friends or with family, you can enjoy one of their visits, ranging from a simple rhythmic visit of half an hour ("At a glance") to a more complete and technical visit of an hour and a half ("Under all seams"), always accompanied by a wine tasting.
The Château Haut-Bailly is an important cultural heritage, a rich history, a terroir worthy of the greatest wines, but above all it’s the opportunity for an enthusiastic discovery in a warm and serene atmosphere.