2005 Haut-Bages-Libéral, Pauillac
Very opulent, generous and rich. It shows all the glories of the vintage, with huge but sufficiently restrained fruit, and exuberant tannins.
Very aromatic, showing blackberry and currant aromas, with some licorice. Full-bodied, with supersilky tannins and a rich, decadent, fruity finish. Caresses the palate. Stylish and opulent. Best after 2011.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
This deep ruby/purple-colored 2005 is a classic Pauillac. A big, sweet kiss of road tar aromas interwoven with cedarwood, smoke, spice box, herbs, and black currants emerges from the glass of this unexpectedly precocious, up-front Pauillac.
Attractive freshness. Very opulent but a little too green on the finish for perfection. Well made though.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Good ruby-red. Cool aromas of blueberry, licorice and shoe polish. Sweet and lush, but with very good energy to the rather high-pitched flavors of dark berries, spices and licorice. Dry and classic wine, finishing with substantial, slightly tough tannins that call for patience.
Perfumey nose and some nice ripe fruit on the palate. Good middle and fine length. Fairly rich with a creamy chocolate middle. This is one of the most sought-after value-for-points wines of 2005. *+ (Barrel Tasting)