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2005 Haut-Bailly 750ml
2005 Haut-Bailly
France - Bordeaux - Pessac Leognan / Cru Classe
Red / Bordeaux Blend
2005 Haut-Bailly
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Professional Reviews

IWC
92(+?)

International Wine Cellar Author: Stephen Tanzer Issue: Issue 138

($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.

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WA
95

Wine Advocate Author: Robert Parker Issue: 176

Haut-Bailly's American proprietor, Robert Wilmers, backed up by the brilliant Veronique Sanders, continues to go from strength to strength. A fabulous example of this estate, the 2005 is an ethereal, delicate, finesse-styled offering with intensity as well as richness. It has all the concentration one could want, but it comes across as gorgeously elegant and sublime because of its combination of delicacy, power, and depth. Beautiful raspberry, black cherry, currant, graphite, and scorched earth notes are subtle, but provocative. In the mouth, there is good acidity, medium body, ripe tannin, and terrific length. This is a beauty of haute couture from Pessac-Leognan.

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WS
95

Wine Spectator Author: James Suckling

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. 6,665 cases made.

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Community Reviews

91

Daniel F397 Trust Rating: 98 Tasted On: 01/18/2008

Dark, with smoky black tar on the nose. Big tannins, with a long, smooth finish. Very nice.

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