2005 Bordeaux Vintage

Rarely if ever has there been so much excitement contained in the advance publicity for a Bordeaux vintage.

The key for this was not only the weather in 2005 but also that over the last few years, there has in effect been a 3 year mini drought in Bordeaux, and cumulatively this has made conditions very favourable for producing a great vintage in 2005. Vines have been stressed and ultimately this has forced their efforts to be concentrated solely on the production of fruit rather than new shoots and foliage. Whilst temperatures were high in 2005 they were not excessive and crucially the summer nights were cool. After some rain early on, the long growing season was very dry allowing the grapes to develop great levels of phenolic ripeness without the problems of the diseases often associated with damper late-summer weather.

The Harvest

Without exception all the winemakers have harvested wonderful fruit and it was a vintage where the best wines were essentially allowed to make themselves, with little intervention. The grapes were small with thick skins and in perfect health, with the ripeness being such that some huge potential alcohol levels were reached. However, there is no question of imbalance as the alcohol is matched by intensity of fruit, full, ripe tannins and, unusual in a hot year, good levels of acidity. The wines are fresh, concentrated and well structured and there can be little doubt that they have immense potential longevity.
Unlike many vintages it seems that 2005 was equally successful for Cabernet and Merlot, left and right bank and even for the Barsac and Sauternes, where outstanding sweet wines have been made.

The Vintage

It is difficult to compare this vintage with others but we are even more excited about the quality than five years ago when remarkabe 2000’s were released.

‘The reds are some of the best I have tasted in my career, and they have a unique character. They are rich and powerful, with loads of juicy, opulent, ripe fruit and powerful tannins, yet they also have a wonderful freshness due to their bright, crisp acidity. This is a rarity for a ripe vintage in Bordeaux; most of the time, acidity's are lower in such mature years. The dry whites are equally exciting. They are solid and fruity, with good backbones of acidity...Meanwhile the sweets are balanced, with plenty of sugar and spiciness from noble rot...honestly, I think that many people have made their best wines ever with 2005. And I am not sure that some can ever make better wine than they have in 2005.’ - James Suckling.

‘But the great thing about the successful 2005’s is their purity. They have power, but they also have refreshment value. They have keeping potential - witness the high levels of tannins in virtually all the wines - but in the best, those tannins are ripe, beautifully managed and so well hidden by fruit that the wines are already delicious.’ - Jancis Robinson.

Chateau Cheval Blanc 2005
Chateau Cheval Blanc
Chateau Cheval Blanc 2005
Chateau Cheval Blanc Grand Cru Classe St Emilion 2005. On the 2005 vintage, Cheval Blanc procures endless pleasure. From its brilliant ruby colour, intense flavours of mint, red, blue, black and surreal fruits. This prodigiously silky caress finishes on...
£741.00
Chateau Fourcas Dupre 2005
Chateau Fourcas Dupre
Chateau Fourcas Dupre 2005
Chateau Fourcas Dupre Listrac Medoc 2005  44% Cabernet Sauvignon, 44% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot Maturing: 100% in barrels of which 33% new barrels.  The wine has a complex mineral style with touches of ruby. Balance and...
£27.00
Chateau Fourcas Hosten 2005
Chateau Fourcas Hosten
Chateau Fourcas Hosten 2005
Château Fourcas Hosten Listrac Medoc 2005 45% Merlot, 45% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Cabernet Franc aged in oak barrels for 12 months. "Deep ruby/plum/purple, with more sweetness to its fruit than normal, the 2005 Fourcas Hosten displays...
£24.00
Chateau Joanin Becot 2005
Chateau Joanin Becot
Chateau Joanin Becot 2005
Chateau Joanin Becot Cotes De Castillon 2005   One of the stars of this appellation. Lovely dark fruit and cassis on the nose with a hint of wood. Good complexity and ripe tannins, on the palate it has a good balance. 
£32.95
Chateau La Dominique 2005
Chateau La Dominique
Chateau La Dominique 2005
Chateau La Dominique St Emilion Grand Cru 2005   Situated right next to Cheval Blanc. Lovely sweet red berry fruit on the nose. This is a refined, informed and beautifully balanced St Emilion with smooth cream and a touch of spice, great purity...
£64.00
Chateau Lascombes 2005
Chateau Lascombes
Chateau Lascombes 2005
Chateau Lascombes 2eme Cru Classe Margaux 2005  A total transformation under the new ownership, this wine has improved dramatically. Lots of very ripe fruit with blackberries and liquorice. Full-bodied with cherry tannins, starts off slowly but...
£102.00
Chateau Palmer 2005
Chateau Palmer
Chateau Palmer 2005
Chateau Palmer 3eme Cru Classe Margaux 2005  Merlot 40%, Cabernet Sauvignon 53% and Petit Verdot 7%.  One of the wines of the vintage. Beautifully focused, opulent nose, pure black cherry and dates with cream and vanilla. On the palate,...
£357.00
Petit Cheval 2005
Chateau Cheval Blanc
Petit Cheval 2005
Petit Cheval St Emilion Grand Cru 2005  Very stylish, elegant wine full of plummy fruit. Really delicious with lovely balance of fruit, tannin and acidity and fine, long finish. The second wine of Cheval Blanc, Jancis Robinson regarded this as one...
£182.00