Chateau Haut-Bailly, Pessac-Leognan, France, 2005


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, November 2014


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%
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Score: 17.5 Jancis Robinson MW,, February 2015

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