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The selection process has become much more draconian, as evidenced by the second wine, the 2011 La Parde De Haut-Bailly. A blend of 65% Merlot and 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, it offers a dark ruby/plum color, delicious red and black currant fruit intermixed with spice box and subtle wood notes, beautiful purity, and a quality that transcends some of the Haut-Baillys made in the sixties and seventies. A brilliant second wine as well as a sleeper of the vintage, it is supple enough to be drunk in 2-3 years or cellared for 10-15+. Ever since the acquisition of Haut-Bailly by American banker Robert Wilmers, he and his winemaker Veronique Sanders have dramatically led this estate to the top of the qualitative pyramid.
"Haut-Bailly has some of the oldest vines in the appellation. The average age is 35 years, and a quarter of the vines are 100-120 years old. The wine's character is naturally due to its terroir: that combination of soil, climate, and grape varieties. However, a further component adds to the complexity of the terroir at Haut-Bailly: centuries of history, including the experience of employees who have worked at the estate for years. This accounts for Haut-Bailly's reliably consistent quality."