($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.
Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: May/June 2008
Wine Spectator | Rating: 95
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.
Author: James Suckling
Wine Advocate | Rating: 96
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.
Author: Robert Parker
Jancis Robinson | Rating: 17
The 2005 vintage was favoured by a dry spring, a summer with intensely hot days but cool nights, and a beautiful autumn. These exceptional weather conditions, together with constant individual work on the vines, resulted in remarkably mature grapes - the Merlots having a natural alcohol content of more than 13 % and 14% for the Cabernet - never known before at Haut-Bailly! The harvest began on 14 September and took five weeks. Picking was done two days a week and to avoid the most intense heat done only in the mornings. The yield was low (41 hl/ha) but the results were extraordinary. Emile Peynaud's definition that 'an exceptional vintage is the result of unusual weather conditions' applies perfectly to the 2005 vintage. Cabernet Sauvignon 58%, Merlot 36%, Cabernet Franc 6%.Exceptionally deep crimson. Hidden but there is clearly so much mass here! But the tannins are surprisingly fine - they make an impression only on the very end of the palate. Very much a wine in waiting. Put it away, please! Great intensity on the very end of the palate but not much aromatic expression yet. Real expression of the place.