Chateau Haut-Bailly 2005
Bordeaux Red Blends
from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
ratings pedigree (past vintages):
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.
"Dark purple in color. Offers pure fruit, with crushed raspberry, blackberry and dried flowers on the nose. Full-bodied, with supersilky tannins that touch every inch of the palate. Long and racy, with elegance and beauty harking back to bygone days. Best after 2015. 6,665 cases made."
"Haut-Bailly's American proprietor, Robert Wilmers, backed up by the brilliant Veronique Sanders, continues to go from strength to strength. A fabulous example of this estate, the 2005 is an ethereal, delicate, finesse-styled offering with intensity as well as richness. It has all the concentration one could want, but it comes across as gorgeously elegant and sublime because of its combination of delicacy, power, and depth. Beautiful raspberry, black cherry, currant, graphite, and scorched earth notes are subtle, but provocative. In the mouth, there is good acidity, medium body, ripe tannin, and terrific length. This is a beauty of haute couture from Pessac-Leognan. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2035."
The Wine Advocate
"From its very deep, keenly composed, black currant aromas to its ample extract, fine sense of body and very long, tannin-laced finish, this sturdy youngster hits all of the right marks and must be counted among the better wines of the district in 2005. It will extra time before reaching its best, and eight to ten years seem the minimum wait before its considerable potential begins to be met."
"Good bright medium ruby. Deep aromas of plum, currant, tobacco, mocha and menthol. Superripe and rich but with superb ripe acidity and firm tannins currently keeping the fruit and mineral elements under wraps. Just this side of severe today: here's a 2005 that appears already to have shut down in the bottle. Best today on the back end, where the wine really spreads out horizontally to saturate the palate. I'd give it a good 12 years of aging; it should be very long-lived. Classy, sharply chiseled Haut-Bailly with noteworthy elegance."
International Wine Cellar
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