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2005 Haut-Bailly, Pessac-Léognan (1.5L)

SKU #1040801 95 points James Suckling

 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.  (7/2012)

95 points 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)  (7/2016)

95 points Wine Spectator

 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)  (3/2008)

94 points Wine Enthusiast

 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)  (6/2008)

92 points Vinous

 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. (ST) 92+  (5/2008)

Jancis Robinson

 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  (1/2015)

K&L Notes

96+ points Robert Parker on the 10-year retrospective of the vintage: "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)

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