At Château Haut-Bailly, we have 30 hectares (70 acres) of planted vines on one piece of land, with a density of 10,000 vines per hectare. Fifteen percent of the vines are more than 100 years old-our "Vieilles Vignes"-the treasure of Haut-Bailly! They are a mix of six different grape varieties-seven-twelfths Cabernet Sauvignon and one-twelfth each of Cabernet Franc, Carmenère, Merlot, Malbec and Petit Verdot) planted by Alcide Bellot des Minières at the beginning of the 20th century.
Since 2000, we have been harvesting the old vines separately. First, the early grape varieties, including most of the Merlot, were harvested on Sept. 30 this year. Then the late grape varieties, mainly Cabernet Sauvignon, which is what we were harvesting under the still-shining sun on Monday, Oct. 12.
David Pelchat — Montreal, Canada — October 15, 2009 1:16pm ET
Veronique Sanders — Bordeaux, France — October 15, 2009 3:48pm ET
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