Saint-Émilion & Pomerol, 2005

2005 has the potential to be one of the great red Bordeaux vintages – consistently characterised by very rich wines, with great structure, huge concentration and lively acidity across all appellations. It could also prove to be one of the longest-lived vintages ever.

It’s all thanks to the weather. A dry growing season with spells of light rain on the lead up to the harvest provided perfect ripening conditions and set the tongues wagging. Total rainfall for the year was around 50% less than average, which caused vine roots to grow deeper in search of moisture. This produced grapes with the highest levels of dry extract, concentration and tannin on record – perfectly petite berries with thick, tannin-rich skins, and the potential for rich, yet fresh wines with good acidity.

First growth châteaux and other top labels’ prices reached new stratospheric levels, yet because it was a great year across the board, there are also many great value Bordeaux to be found from less well-known châteaux in the satellite districts, whose prices are unaffected by the en primeur market – giving everyone the chance to taste this great vintage. 2005 was also a very good year for white Bordeaux – quite big in style, with great concentration. It was an excellent year in Sauternes. 

The wines

The best 2005 right bank Bordeaux are rich, concentrated, with lashings of sweet, fresh fruit and sufficient tannin to warrant considerable ageing.

Like the left bank, the weather was perfect up to mid-September, and those that picked their Merlot early made the best of the great vintage – of equal quality to the Médoc. Rains from mid-September meant that those who picked slightly later were marginally less successful.

Saint-Émilion & Pomerol, 2005

2005 has the potential to be one of the great red Bordeaux vintages – consistently characterised by very rich wines, with great structure, huge concentration and lively acidity across all appellations. It could also prove to be one of the longest-lived vintages ever.

It’s all thanks to the weather. A dry growing season with spells of light rain on the lead up to the harvest provided perfect ripening conditions and set the tongues wagging. Total rainfall for the year was around 50% less than average, which caused vine roots to grow deeper in search of moisture. This produced grapes with the highest levels of dry extract, concentration and tannin on record – perfectly petite berries with thick, tannin-rich skins, and the potential for rich, yet fresh wines with good acidity.

First growth châteaux and other top labels’ prices reached new stratospheric levels, yet because it was a great year across the board, there are also many great value Bordeaux to be found from less well-known châteaux in the satellite districts, whose prices are unaffected by the en primeur market – giving everyone the chance to taste this great vintage. 2005 was also a very good year for white Bordeaux – quite big in style, with great concentration. It was an excellent year in Sauternes. 

The wines

The best 2005 right bank Bordeaux are rich, concentrated, with lashings of sweet, fresh fruit and sufficient tannin to warrant considerable ageing.

Like the left bank, the weather was perfect up to mid-September, and those that picked their Merlot early made the best of the great vintage – of equal quality to the Médoc. Rains from mid-September meant that those who picked slightly later were marginally less successful.

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  1. Château l'Eglise Clinet, 2005

    Château l'Eglise Clinet, 2005

    Pomerol, Bordeaux, France

    Optimum Drinking: 2017-2040
    Reviewer Rating: 99 - Neal Martin (eRobertParker.com)

    “The new oak is completely hidden, the wine full-bodied, multi-layered and just stunning. The purity, richness and skyscraper-like mouthfeel are incredible.” Robert Parker

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  2. Château Ausone, 2005

    Château Ausone, 2005

    Saint-Émilion, Bordeaux, France

    Optimum Drinking: 2025-2100
    Reviewer Rating: 100 - Robert Parker

    “This intense 2005 boasts powerful, super-layered, multidimensional flavors with tremendous extraction...A masterpiece of concentration and balance...drinking well a century from now.” Robert Parker

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