2005 Chateau Haut-Bailly 3.0 L

Year: 2005
Appellation: Pessac-Leognan
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 95
Wine Advocate: 95
Vinous Media: 92+
James Suckling: 95
Wine Enthusiast: 94--Jeff Leve: 96
Red Wine
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$649.95

LET ME REMIND YOU THAT ALL IT TAKES IS EIGHT PEOPLE, A HALF BOTTLE CONSUMED EACH, AND YOU HAVE DONE A 3.0L. NOTHING ADORNS A PARTY OR DINNER TABLE LIKE A DOUBLE MAGNUM! ENJOY & GOOD DRINKING

"Gorgeous blackberry and chocolate aromas with hints of spice. Focused and refined nose. Full-bodied, with ultrafine tannins and a long, long finish. Lovely fruit. This is up there with the 2000." (WS)

"The 2005 Haut Bailly is rapidly turning into a glorious wine. You instantly fall in love with the purity on the nose, luscious red cherries, wild strawberry and blueberry. This is still youthful and beautifully defined. The palate is medium-bodied with quite a structured opening like many in this vintage. It exerts a gentle grip in the mouth, quite tensile and linear and perhaps just tightening up a tad toward the finish. It is biding its time, but it will repay those who cellar this outstanding 2005 for another four or five years. Tasted March 2017." (WA)

"($110-$200) 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." (VM)

"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. Pull the cork after 2016." (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. -R.V. (6/1/2008)" (WE)

"Sporting a deep ruby color, tobacco and cigar box notes, coupled with cassis, tar and blackberry scents that easily pop without decanting. On the palate, the wine is full bodied, deep, fresh, concentrated and silky, with a long, clean, fresh, earthy, sweet, black plum finish. The wine was made from a blend of 58% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot and 6% Cabernet Franc, reaching 13% alcohol. Give this 3-5 more years in the cellar and you’ll see a lot more fireworks. 96 points - Tasted Jun 28, 2015" (JL)