- Merlot : September 25 to October 9
- Cabernet Franc : October 9 & 17
- Cabernet Sauvignon : October 17 to 23
- Merlot : 51%
- Cabernet Sauvignon : 41%
- Cabernet Franc : 8%
Low yields and a late year are a strong indication of excellent quality. La Parde de Haut-Bailly 2008 is showing tremendous subtlety and smoothness. This is an enjoyable wine with a harmonious structure. The powerful, well-integrated tannins will make very pleasant drinking from 2015.
April 2008 was particularly cold but the vineyard of Haut-Bailly once again was able to benefit from its excellent position raised on an outcrop that protects it from frost. Rain during May caused some disruption to the flowering, leading to low yields. Happily, July was dry and beautiful. The weather in September and October was exceptional and particularly dry, which meant the grapes reached perfect maturity and showed high degrees of potential alcohol, equal to both 2005 and 2006. The acidity levels remained fairly high because of the moderate summer temperatures. The grapes themselves were smaller, which contributed to a real concentration of flavours once the grapes were in the vats. The 2008 harvest will remain in the history books as one of the longest and latest of the decade: 10 days of grape picking spread out over 5 weeks! The harvest began on September 25 for the youngest Merlots, while the last Cabernet Sauvignons were brought in from 0ctober 17 to 23, in perfect health.