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Date Printed: 7/11/2014
Chateau Haut-Bailly  2005
Chateau Haut-Bailly 2005
(search item no. 103744)
collectible wine
older vintages

Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
PRICE ON 7/11/2014: $129.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2011 James Suckling rating: 93 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 98 points
2010 James Suckling rating: 98 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 98 points
2009 James Suckling rating: 97 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 96 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2008 James Suckling rating: 92 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Emile Peynaud's definition: "an exceptional vintage is one obtained in unusual climatic conditions" applies perfectly to the 2005 vintage. The power, freshness, balance, and elegance displayed by this wine make us think it will become a legendary vintage.
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About Chateau Haut-Bailly:

Chateau Haut-Bailly is situated on the left bank of the River Garonne, south of Bordeaux  in the commune of  Pessac-Léognan –  home to all the Graves Crus Classés. A vineyard with 30 hectares (74 acres) of planted vines on one piece of  land, it sits on a high ridge overlooking a small winding road leading from Leognan to Cadaujac. The sloping terrain is well-graded and has excellent drainage.

If great wine results from a harmonious relationship between man, the vine, and nature – a concept the French call terroir – the most subtle of these three elements is the soil. At Haut-Bailly, it is sandy, mixed with gravel, and rests on a subsoil of sandstone petrified with the remains of prehistoric fossil shells. All this contributes to the special character of Haut-Bailly wine.