Information & scores : 2005 South Rhone

  • Indifferent 19/20

Vintage description 2005 South Rhone

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 consistently good harvest. The wines boast high levels of acidity that hint at good 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. The southern area of the region benefited from these good weather conditions that allowed the grapes to instantly reach a high level of maturity. The wines emerge tannic, dense and powerful. Intensely fruity, they are set to offer good ageing potential. The Châteauneuf-du-Pape wines demonstrate great balance, with the major estates producing wines with ageing potential that can be measured in decades. The wines of Gigondas also show great potential.

Best in 2005 France, Vallée du Rhône Sud, Indifferent

Châteauneuf-du-Pape Rayas Reynaud - Châteauneuf-du-Pape Beaucastel Hommage à Jacques Perrin Jean-Pierre et François Perrin - Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vieille Julienne (Domaine de la) Jean-Paul Daumen - Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Janasse (Domaine de) Aimé Sabon - Châteauneuf-du-Pape Barbe Rac Chapoutier - Châteauneuf-du-Pape Clos des Papes Paul Avril - Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Nerthe Cuvée des Cadettes Famille Richard - Châteauneuf-du-Pape Beaurenard Cuvée Boisrenard Paul Coulon & Fils - Châteauneuf-du-Pape Pegaü Cuvée Laurence Paul et Laurence Féraud - Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vieux Télégraphe (Domaine du) Vignobles Brunier - Châteauneuf-du-Pape Clos des Papes Paul Avril -