2005 is undoubtedly one of the Rhône Valley's greatest vintages. Excellent weather conditions prevailed across all vineyards (with no excessive heat) and the perfect health of the vines resulted in a consistent harvest, with wines showing high levels of acidity that point to wonderful ageing potential. The wines are alluring and characterised by great freshness and perfect balance. Some will probably experience a closing down period, but this is unimportant as they have time ahead of them. Although the year was a success, vines from the northern Rhône Valley showed a slight advantage in terms of balance, elegance and tannins. The wines from the Hermitage appellation enjoyed particularly favourable weather conditions (a dry spring and a summer that wasn't too hot), emerging as powerful and dense but with great freshness, too.
Côte-Rôtie was treated to a wonderful vintage as well, with intensely fruity, harmonious wines with great balance. Appealing from their earliest stages, they will keep for a (very) long time. In the Crozes-Hermitage appellation, reds take the leading role: the appellation succeeded in producing highly refined wines. The whites are less consistent from one estate to the next. The Condrieu whites are very successful, elegant and persistent on the palate, revealing perfectly mature fruit. Superb.
Hermitage Ermitage de l'Orée Chapoutier - Condrieu La Doriane Guigal - Côte-Rôtie La Turque Guigal - Hermitage Jean-Louis Chave - Hermitage Jean-Louis Chave - Cornas Auguste Clape - Côte-Rôtie La Landonne Guigal - Cornas les Ruchets Jean-Luc Colombo - Hermitage Les Bessards Delas Frères - Côte-Rôtie La Landonne Delas Frères - Côte-Rôtie La Landonne René Rostaing - Saint-Joseph Vignes de l'Hospice Guigal - Condrieu Les Chaillées de l'Enfer Georges Vernay - Hermitage Ermitage Le Pavillon Chapoutier - Hermitage Ermitage l'Ermite Chapoutier - Côte-Rôtie La Mordorée Chapoutier - Hermitage Ermitage Le Méal Chapoutier - Côte-Rôtie Rose Pourpre Pierre Gaillard - Côte-Rôtie La Belle Hélène Michel et Stéphane Ogier - Saint-Joseph Les Serines Yves Cuilleron (Domaine) - Hermitage Marquise de la Tourette Delas Frères - Hermitage Ermitage l'Ermite Chapoutier -