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.
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)
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+
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
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