As Haut Bailly celebrates its success this week, of first 95-97 points with Parker equalling Haut Brion, and selling out 90% of its 2008 wine within hours of releasing its price, I thought I would post a photo of a great gift idea I found in the Haut Bailly boutique this week...

A Father's Day box that has two bottles of La Parde de Haut Bailly (the very good second wine), and the Rose de Haut Bailly, and one bottle of Haut Bailly itself. Complete with the essential dad accessories of barbeque utensils!!!

haut bailly fday

By the way, am I only person to be feeling a bit annoyed that Robert Parker has now 'discovered' Haut Bailly? For years he gave it at best very average scores (usually around 87-90). It's definitely the opposite of a usual Parker wine; subtle, restrained, elegant. But a few years ago he turned up for a tasting at the property (giving them five minutes notice) because he said he wanted to understand the wines better. The vertical seems to have convinced him that he was missing out, and since then he has been enthusiastically trumpeting the property. His 2006 score was initially 91-93, but he retasted it again earlier this year (after his 'discovery' at the chateau), and upped the score to 94, and a few months later put the 2008 at 95-97.

I know it is wonderful for the property to be getting the recognition it amply deserves, but I for one rather liked it being under the radar... the insider's Pessac Leognan... don't change Haut Bailly!!