France: Bordeaux


Easy reach from the city of Bordeaux - and truly excellent wines
By Jane Anson

This Guide was last updated on 12 May 2010
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Château Haut Bailly

Address: Avenue de Cadaujac, Haut Bailly, 33850 Léognan
Tel: 05 56 64 75 11  Fax: 05 56 64 53 60
Geo-coordinates:  Latitude: 44:44:3N (44.73409)    Longitude: -0:34:48W (-0.58009) 

Beautiful and charmingly-sized château, owned by the American Wilmers family (who made their money in banking) and run by Veronique Sanders. Haut Bailly is located right next door to La Louvière, so try to plan visits to both in one day. Alternatively, split the visit with Château Carbonnieux, as this is also next door and the two properties have been working together in recent years to offer an explanation of white wine making at Carbonnieux (one of the most recognised in Bordeaux) and of red wine at Haut Bailly The 28ha of vines are on a high ridge that you can clearly see makes for ideal drainage; and the wines have a delicacy and finesse even in the hottest years. Look out also for the many differently sized thermo-regulated vats - they have a full range here from 30 to 120hl - small details which really show a château cares about quality. Pretty and well-stocked boutique with carafes, glasses, table cloths and other wine accessories (including some clever things picked up in America, like bottle-holders for packing into suitcases), and a small wine-centred outpost of Bordeaux book store Mollat.

Useful information: : €7 tour and tasting (Haut Bailly plus second wine) by appointment throughout the year, Monday to Friday 09.00 - 12.00, 14.00 - 18.00. Visits possible at weekends but do phone well ahead. Groups up to a maximum of 20 people.


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