2005 was a great red Bordeaux vintage – 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.
A great year for the Médoc. One of the best of the century that promises great future bottle development, with wines containing massive (yet pleasingly ripe and silky) tannin; hugely concentrated, with rich fruit and lively acidity. In Margaux and the Graves (Pessac-Léognan) the news just gets even better with a wealth of wines adorned with sweet tannins, wonderful richness and opulence make them more accessible at a younger age than top Médoc châteaux, yet still possess 25+ years longevity.
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.
2005 was also a very good year for white Bordeaux – quite big in style, with great concentration. It was an excellent year in Sauternes.