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2005 Bahans Haut Brion

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2005 Bahans Haut Brion from Chateau Haut Brion, Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux

Enveloping the senses like a sublime mist off the Garonne, the 2005 Bahans Haut Brion from Chateau Haut Brion is a peerless narrative of a vintage that married the celebrated terrains of Pessac-Leognan with benevolent skies – a year where Bordeaux found one of its finest expressions. This vintage is a testament to the masterful composition that Chateau Haut Brion has become synonymous with.


Liquid Legacy: A Year of Triumphs at Pessac-Leognan

The nuanced choreography of climate conditions in 2005 gave us long, warm days followed by cool nights, creating an ideal scenario for slow ripening and optimal grape quality. This vintage benefits from an extended age-worthy structure, with tannins both assertive yet finessed, a feature knowledgeable investors regard with keen anticipation when considering the longevity of a wine.


The Pinnacle of Vinicultural Alchemy

In the glass, this vintage releases a tapestry of dark berries and ripe currants which gracefully intertwine with subtler hints of tobacco and earthy minerality – evidence of the profound gravel soils that define the region. The palate follows suit with an exceptional balance of acidity and fruit; it is reminiscent of well-curated harmony between precision and effortlessness. From first sip to last, the wine lingers with strength yet finishes with thoughtful contemplation.

As one decants this vintage, it unfolds slowly, revealing layers upon layers of complexity that only well-captured terroirs can provide. What diners and collectors alike will find most thrilling is how the 2005 Bahans Haut Brion from Chateau Haut Brion maintains an exquisite youthful vibrancy despite its age – an alluring call for those looking to expand their enophile horizons or diversify their fine wine portfolios.


Investment-Worthy Elegance: 2005 Bahans Haut Brion Pours Potential

With its remarkable structure and depth, the 2005 Bahans Haut Brion from Chateau Haut Brion stands proudly as one of the leading investment-grade wines. It encapsulates a vinous wisdom that transcends mere pleasure and enters the realm of both tactile allure and financial astuteness. Each bottle bears within it the poetic depths of winemaking mastery achievable only under unparalleled conditions – a veritable asset in liquid form.

The eloquence of its evolution over time cannot be overstated; the 2005 Bahans Haut Brion promises to lend grace to any collection it joins, extending an invitation to experience a bottled history destined for greatness.

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An absolutely sensational second wine from Haut-Brion, the 2005 Bahans Haut-Brion displays all the smoke, gravel and chocolate notes along with ripe black fruits. Broad, savory, rich and lush, this is a sensational wine (now called Le Clarence) with gorgeous texture and length. Drink it over the next 10-15 years.

Robert Parker Jr - The Wine Advocate, 28 June 2015


Tasted single blind at Southwold. This was not showing well as the nose lacks a little depth: plum, raspberry, cedar and chalk dust. Ephemeral? The palate is very sweet and rather cloying. A perplexing showing from a wine that showed so well in barrel. Tasted January 2009.

Neal Martin - Wine Journal Jul 2009


The second wine, the 2005 Bahans-Haut-Brion, is a fruit-forward, deliciously soft, round, stylish offering possessing hints of figs, plums, black currants, cherries, and minerals. Soft, with supple tannin, it is ideal for drinking over the next 12-15 years. By the way, in 2007, this cuvee's name will be changed to Le Clarence de Haut-Brion.

Robert Parker Jr - Wine Advocate #176

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