2005 Haut-Bailly, Pessac-Léognan (1.5L)
This shows a great purity of fruit; firm and direct notes of raspberries, strawberries, and blackberries that open to intense notes of fresh flowers. Full-bodied, with velvety tannins. This wine is tight and long -- you know this is good immediately.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2005 Château Haut-Bailly is going to a be an awesome wine. Note the future tense. Deep in color, the nose is tightly coiled with blackberry, cedar and graphite aromas, not unlike a Pauillac in style. There is wonderful definition here, real intensity and drive. The palate is structured and perhaps less opulent than other recent vintages of Haut-Bailly, though it still articulates its origins—that Pessac-Léognan gravelly tincture coming through, especially with aeration. There is density here, authority even, but the fireworks are set to ignite in 5-7 years' time. I cannot wait to watch the pyrotechnics. (NM)
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. (JS)
An impressively structured wine from an estate that is at the forefront of quality in Pessac-Léognan. It is balanced, a rich rounded wine, with considerable depths of black fruits, dark tannins and power. (RV)
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.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
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. 92+ (ST)
Wine & Spirits
Closed off and unyielding even after days of air, this wine's aristocratic bearing comes through, with few direct signals of fruit in the blackness of tannin. The impression is clean, the structure tart and tightly drawn. Give this ten years in bottle, and it should begin to relax.
Dark crimson. Savoury nose and beautifully balanced with nothing out of line. Restrained and not quite unfurled but utterly convincing. Everything is tucked in there. Classic 2005 – very solid and chewy – but with great fruit buried there too. 17.5/20 points
Barrel tasting notes: 58% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot and 6% Cabernet Franc. Super sweet blackberry aromas. Tons of ripe fruit on the palate. Silky also and fruit covers ample tannins. Great balance and lingering finish. One of the best from an area that suffered from the lack of moisture. Buy this. ** (Clyde Beffa, K&L Bordeaux Buyer) In 2015, Robert Parker gave this 96+ points, saying: "The 2005 Haut-Bailly, is dense purple with loads of graphite, earth, spice, blackberry and blueberry fruit, beautiful balance, medium to full body, and stunning purity, texture and length. Still incredibly young at age 10, this wine is set for 30 or more years of longevity. This is a great, great Haut-Bailly that will one day probably rival 2009 and 2010." (06/2015)