Haut-Bailly in the press: The Telegraph, October 14, 2011
Below are excerpts of an article by Victoria Moore published on The Telegraph website on October 14, 2011, after a "verticale" of Haut-Bailly at Berry Bros & Rudd in London:
“A cult claret so fine you need to dress up to drink it.”
“Véronique Sanders was standing in a tasting tent in Bordeaux the first time I saw her. She was immediately notable, amid dark suits and black, for being dressed in swathes of cream and palest taupe. A brave choice for such an event, but then this is a woman so composed one imagines droplets of red wine would swerve away from her in mid-air rather than splatter her tailoring. “You’ll taste everything in this marquee and one wine will stand out,” a colleague had said to me as we walked in. It did. And, of course, it was Véronique’s wine.
[...] It is a wine with the precision and measured sense of structure and purpose of an architectural drawing. You don’t need to be an expert in wine or on bordeaux to recognise that it has style.
[...] I’ve always promised myself I’d eat my own wine glass if ever I became so elitist as to think a vertical tasting (that is, a tasting where you taste several vintages of one wine) was a suitable subject for this space. So I went along to a small tutored tasting of 11 vintages of Haut-Bailly, from 2000 to 2010, at Berry Brothers just for my own interest.
[...] Véronique was going to be there. This necessitated careful wardrobe attention. After negotiating the steep steps down to Berry’s 16th-century cellar in flip-flops, I changed into heels — and immediately bumped into Oz Clarke. Oz was wearing a tie. I have never seen Oz in a tie. He admitted he had also felt he should make a sartorial effort. I’m sure the wines appreciated it. We certainly appreciated them.
[...] What’s fascinating about a vertical tasting of a wine so consistently itself is that the vintage is written into it. You find different things to like in each year’s expression of the same wine."