Information & scores : 2005 Bordeaux

  • Red 19/20
  • Still white 16/20
  • Blanc liquoreux 16/20

Vintage description 2005 Bordeaux

A homogeneous harvest with grapes in perfect sanitary condition and of a reasonable quantity (6 millions hl): this was an exceptional vintage! Ideal weather conditions from May onwards ¿ continual sunshine without excessive heat, very little rain and cool nights ¿ resulted in a slow ripening, characteristic of the legendary years of Bordeaux. The Merlots were as successful as the Cabernets: intense and elegant fruit, with balance, depth, richness, concentration and great freshness, and an almost unlimited cellaring capacity. These wines are often compared to those of 2000, 1989 and 1982, but only time will tell us if they are to be as good. The sweet wines were also spectacular with a beautiful sugar/alcohol/acidity balance, as well as delicious confit, roasted and grilled overtones, combined with fine woody notes. More classical than those of the exceptional 2003 vintage, they are nevertheless comparable to, or even better than, the magnificent 2001 and 1997 wines.

Best in 2005 France, Bordeaux, Red

Château Cheval Blanc - Château Gazin - Clos l'Eglise - Clos Saint Martin - Château Haut Brion - Château Latour - Château Le Pin - Château La Mission Haut-Brion - Château la Gaffelière - Château Palmer - Château Lafite Rothschild - Château Pape Clément - Château Malescot Saint-Exupéry - Château Petit Faurie de Soutard - Château Margaux - La Mondotte - Château Trotanoy - Château de Valandraud - Vieux Château Certan - Château Pavie Decesse - Château Tertre Roteboeuf - Château Clinet - Château Angélus - Château Mouton Rothschild - Château la Conseillante -

Best in 2005 France, Bordeaux, Still white

Château Haut Brion - Château Smith Haut Lafitte - Château Pape Clément - R de Rieussec - Domaine de Chevalier -

Best in 2005 France, Bordeaux, Blanc liquoreux

Clos Haut Peyraguey - Château Rieussec - Château Guiraud - L'Extravagant de Doisy Daëne - Château Coutet - Château d' Yquem -