Château Haut-Bailly Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend 2005

9.323 ratings on Delectable
$125

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. Robert Parker

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Ratings on Delectable

Mark Lindzy Delectable Pro

I'm not an avid Bordeaux drinker, but I can dig this wine. Very well-balanced fruit, earth, spice and acidity.

I'm not an avid Bordeaux drinker, but I can dig this wine. Very well-balanced fruit, earth, spice and acidity.

9.2

Nestor Gonzalez Delectable Pro

Phenomenal!

Phenomenal!

10

Austin Ferrari Delectable Pro

Wine Director Hillside Supper Club

Standing tall and strong. It has power and length but is very well balanced with fruit, acid, and earth. Drinking like a baby still and has integrity to sit for much longer!

Standing tall and strong. It has power and length but is very well balanced with fruit, acid, and earth. Drinking like a baby still and has integrity to sit for much longer!

9.4

Narun P

Tasted at Chateau. 58 CS 36 M 6 CF Slightly faded crimson, semi transparent, compact and youthful rim. Noses of creme de cassis, dried herb, leafiness, gravel, with a good dose of ripe black fruits. With 12 years in the bank, it is still structurally intact, which is telling of the serious aging potential. Increasing complexity of integrated oak notes showing some savory, slightly earthy characters. Still lots of darker fruits very much present. Very decent length. Despite 2-3 hours of air, I still believe that this wine is in the closed phrase right now. Give it 2-3 more years to check back in, 10 to start enjoying its peak. 92++

Tasted at Chateau. 58 CS 36 M 6 CF Slightly faded crimson, semi transparent, compact and youthful rim. Noses of creme de cassis, dried herb, leafiness, gravel, with a good dose of ripe black fruits. With 12 years in the bank, it is still structurally intact, which is telling of the serious aging potential. Increasing complexity of integrated oak notes showing some savory, slightly earthy characters. Still lots of darker fruits very much present. Very decent length. Despite 2-3 hours of air, I still believe that this wine is in the closed phrase right now. Give it 2-3 more years to check back in, 10 to start enjoying its peak. 92++

9.2

GaryWEdwards

Very elegant Claret with subtle tones I this nice vintage

Very elegant Claret with subtle tones I this nice vintage

9.0

Andrei Shustov

Big, balanced and not overpowered by alcohol - all that you can expect from great crafted Bordeaux!

Big, balanced and not overpowered by alcohol - all that you can expect from great crafted Bordeaux!

9.5

Teng Chuen Wee

So so. Won't buy again.

So so. Won't buy again.

7.8

Steven Hammer

This is a perfect example of what a little age can do. Rich and full, but not overpowering. Even from nose to tail. Spice and leather with a caramel currant finish. Fantastic.

This is a perfect example of what a little age can do. Rich and full, but not overpowering. Even from nose to tail. Spice and leather with a caramel currant finish. Fantastic.

9.5