($33-$38) Good full, deep red. Superripe aromas of redcurrant, plum, cherry, flowers and beefsteak tomato. Sweet, fat and full, but less wild and expressive today than the 2006. Distinct notes of milk chocolate and roasted berries. The major tannins currently cut off the wine's fruit. Impressively rich but lacks a spark: is this too ripe for its own good?
Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: May/June 2008
Jancis Robinson | Rating: 16
[First bottle: lots of green leafiness on the nose, with some sweetness and not a lot of depth. A bit hard on the finish. Serviceable but not exciting. Is this a good bottle? 15 Drink 2009-12]Second bottle: Racy, fresh green leafy aromas. Good, fresh if quite light fruit. Pleasant drink in lighter bodied style.
Author: Jancis Robinson
Wine Spectator | Rating: 91
Aromas of mineral, blackberry and licorice lead to a full body, with lots of racy tannins and a long, flavorful finish. There's plenty of character, with a polished, refined style, yet tannic
Author: James Suckling
Wine Advocate | Rating: 92
One of the finest under-the-radar estates in Pessac-Leognan, Haut-Bergey's 2005 (a blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon and 35% Merlot) offers up aromas of scorched earth, wet stones, burning embers, charcoal, and copious black currant and cherry fruit. The sumptuous bouquet is accompanied by a full-bodied wine displaying dazzling purity, sweet tannin, and a long, opulent finish.