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. Drink 2015-2045.
|Score: 96+||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (219), June 2015|
The 2005 is really the first true great wine Robert Wilmers and Véronique Sanders crafted after Wilmers' acquisition of the property. A stunningly young wine with notes of subtle barbecue smoke, blackcurrant, lead pencil shavings and very intense flavors, at the same time, the wine is still medium-bodied, elegant, focused and complex. This wine is still an infant, but with extraordinary potential for 50 or more years of evolution.
|Score: 98||Robert Parker, Hedonists Gazette, November 2014|
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. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2035
|Score: 95||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (176), April 2008|
Kudos to Veronique Sanders, the former proprietor’s granddaughter, and the new American ownership led by Robert Wilmers, for fashioning the finest Haut-Bailly in nearly half a century. While this will never be one of the densest clarets, the 2005 possesses exceptional concentration along with beautiful smoky graphite, raspberry, and black cherry characteristics in its stunning aromatics, a medium-bodied, gloriously concentrated palate profile, good acidity, and sweet tannin. Gorgeous elegance and finesse along with significant concentration and intensity suggest this beauty will be at its finest between 2013-2030+.
|Score: 93/95||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (170), April 2007|
This is the finest Haut-Bailly I have ever tasted, although I suppose the 1900 or 1928 may have possessed similar qualities at the same age. Quintessentially elegant and rich, with surreal lightness and delicacy, it displays an inky/ruby color and beautiful aromas of sweet raspberries, black currants, flowers, graphite, and minerals. Medium-bodied and stunningly concentrated with moderately high but sweet tannin, this modern day legend represents a new reference point for this estate (now American-owned). Anticipated maturity: 2012-2030.
|Score: 93/95+||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (164), April 2006|
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. Drink Date 2022-2050
|Score: 95||Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (Interium E), July 2017|
The Château Haut-Bailly 2005 has a really quite fabulous bouquet with exuberant red and black fruit: sage, red currants, juniper and warm roof tiles on a summer's day. The palate is medium-bodied with layers and layers of grippy black fruit laced with black truffle and wild mushroom. It is incredibly well balanced with perfect acidity, the structure and backbone on the finish suggesting this will be a very ""long-runner"". Outstanding. Drink 2018 - 2050
|Score: 95||Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, February 2015|
|Score: 95||James Suckling, WineSpectator.com, February 2008|
Grgeous blackberry and chocloate 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.
|Score: 92/94||James Suckling, WineSpectator.com, March 2006|
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. 13%
|Score: 17.5||Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, February 2015|
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. 2017-2032
|Score: 17+||Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, October 2011|
Sappy, savoury, essence of Graves (Pessac-Léognan). Lively mouthful of fresh, not overripe, fruit that spreads seductively across the palate - not especially complex but with good sandy tannins underneath. Very supple and more-ish. Drink me, says this wine. Drink 2013-27
|Score: 17+||Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2006|
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.
|Score: 92+||Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar, June 2008|
Lovely precision of fruit. Vibrant dark fruit notes. Reserved but intense. Clean and fresh with firm, fine tannins. Suave medium-bodied texture. Drink 2013-2030.
|Score: 18||James Lawther MW, Decanter Magazine, April 2006|