Vintage Retrospective: 2005 Bordeaux

Two thousand five continues to vie for the top spot of Bordeaux vintages in the 21st Century, thus far. How are the wines tasting today? “The best 2005s will drink well for decades, but it is also not a crime to start dipping into some of these reds,” writes Antonio Galloni . Learn more about what to drink and what to hold with these excerpts from the Vinous Vintage Charts . Bordeaux Reds A magical vintage for Bordeaux. At the time, 2005 was one of the richest and most powerful vintages ever seen. The dry, warm season was tempered by a cool September that allowed the grapes to ripen gradually while retaining considerable freshness. Left Bank Today, ten years later, the 2005s are just beginning to open up. This is a stunning vintage across the board. 98 Points – Drink or Hold Right Bank Today, ten years later, the Pomerols are just beginning to open up, while most of the top Saint-Emilions could still use a few more years in bottle. The best 2005s are wines of power, structure and length. 98 Points – Drink or Hold Bordeaux, Dry Whites Unlike Bordeaux’s dry white wines of 2007 and 2006, the 2005s are characterized by soft acidities and almost opulent personalities. The most successful wines have just enough acidity to keep things in check. 92 Points – Drink Bordeaux, Sweet Whites Thick rich wines with plenty of smoky botrytis but even the better wines lack the complexity and gracefulness of truly outstanding vintages such as 2001 or 2011. 92 Points – Drink or Hold Many 2005 Bordeaux are widely available. Search some of America's most trusted retailers to find your next bottle on Banquet !

Château Gruaud Larose

Saint-Julien Red Bordeaux Blend 2005

My first turns two and we decided to have a little pre-party this weekend. This was fantastic! Showing great balance, beautiful fruit profile, and classic leather notes. Once it was open for a while, fresh flowers showed themselves. At the price ~$90 I'm looking for more to drink now. — 6 years ago

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Awesome vintage.

Château Lafite Rothschild

Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend 2005

2000 Lafite was shockingly showing more mature than I expected, lots of tertiary notes. Many wines like this can hit a plateau where it can sit for over a decade or more in this same state of enjoyment, then get even better. The 2005 outclassed the 2000 in pure enjoyment as the youth of its character allied with a supremely fragrant nose captured my senses' full attention.

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— 8 years ago

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Château Doisy-Daëne

Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend 2005

Honey, apricot, pear, orange marmalade. Still had some nice acidity on finish. Lots of potential. — 8 years ago

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Man! Someone had a nice dinner!
Mike Ancuta

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It was good, visiting family had lamb my aunt and uncle are club members at seghesio.

Château Ducru-Beaucaillou

Saint-Julien Red Bordeaux Blend 2005

Good things come to those who wait... And I should of with this. Black as night with a tinge of purple. Dark fruits and lead with a little wood. Really really good but in 5-10 more years awesome. Needs 3-4hrs open before you can even think about drinking it and even then let it keep sleeping. — 9 years ago

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Château Cos d'Estournel

Les Pagodes de Cos Saint-Estéphe Red Bordeaux Blend 2005

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Is there anything better than Ribeye & Claret? From my perspective, no. This is the second wine from one of more prestigious Chateaus in St. Estephe. Bordeaux rule number 2, buy the hell out of good producers second wines in very good vintages, like 2005. You’ll get great wines at more affordable prices. Providing, you exercise patience; which is rule number 1. Decanted for 3 plus hours. On the nose, ripe; blackberries, dark cherries, black raspberries, baked strawberries, black plum & cherries pull up the rear. Incense, herbaceous character, anise, scorched dark earth, burnt ambers, anise, baking spices dominated by vanilla, black tea, black cherry cola, loamy dry soils, dry & fresh red florals with violets for days. It’s in a great phase with many years ahead. The body is full and round. The texture has you wanting more. It’s velvety and ripe. Tannins soft and powdery, around 65-70 resolved. The fruits are ripe & ruby...showing the excellence of the 05 vintage. Blackberries, dark cherries, black raspberries, baked strawberries, black plum & cherries pull up the rear. Incense, herbaceous character, anise, scorched dark earth, dry stones, leather, cigar with ash, burnt ambers, anise, baking spices dominated by vanilla, black tea, black cherry cola, loamy dry soils, dry & fresh red florals with violets for days. The acidity is dead on. The length, structure, length & balance is harmonizing like America on the album, “ Horse with No Name.” The long finish is; ruby, rich, elegant, round, beautiful and lasts a minute plus. Beautiful wine. 9.4 with the steak. 9.2 on its own. Photos of; Chateau Cos d’ Estournel, hosting/tasting area, private wine stock and barrel cellar. Producer notes and history...Chateau Cos d’Estournel has a long history in the appellation of St. Estephe. Louis Gaspard d’Estournel, gave his name to the estate after founding it in 1811. It only took a few years before Chateau Cos d’Estournel became famous with wine lovers and royalty all over the world. In the early days, the wines of Cos d’Estournel were not sold through the Negociant system. The owner preferred selling his wine directly to his customers. In fact, Chateau Cos d’Estournel was exported to numerous countries across the globe, with a large portion of the production being sold to India. It was that connection to India that inspired much of the unique, east Indian design we see at Cos d’Estournel today. Chateau Cos d’Estournel was one of the first Chateaus to bottle, label and sell their own wine. This practice continued until the death of Louis Gaspard d’Estournel in 1852. After his death, the estate was purchased by an owner that sold their wines on the Place de Bordeaux, using the negociant system. If the Chateau had not been selling their wines through the negociant system, it would never have been included in the 1855 Classification! Chateau Cos d’Estournel was sold to the Charmolue family, the owners of the neighboring Chateau Montrose. They continued to own the estate until 1917, when it was bought by Fernand Ginestet. The purchase was the next major step in the development of Cos d’Estournel. The next era in the development of Chateau Cos d’Estournel took place in 2000, when Chateau Cos d’Estournel was bought by Michel Reybier, who made his fortune in the food industry. Michel Reybier hired the son of Bruno Prats, Jean-Guillaume Prats to manage Cos d’Estournel. Things improved with the efforts of Jean-Guillaume Prats who helped design the most modern wine making facilities in the entire Bordeaux wine making appellation at the time. A complete renovation of Cos d’Estournel took place in the winemaking facilities and cellars. The wine making facilities are completely modern, using 100% gravity. On October 15, 2012, Jean Guillaume Prats announced he was leaving Chateau Cos d’Estournel to join LVMH. Jean Guillaume Prats was replaced by Aymeric de Gironde. Following the departure of Aymeric de Gironde in 2017, the owner, Michel Reybier took over managing the estate. In 2018, the estate released COS100, produced from their oldest Merlot vines that were 100 years of age. It was limited in production to a 100 Jeroboams, (3 litres) and 10 Balthazars (12 litres) and a few other sizes were produced from only 2 barrels of wine. The proceeds from COS100 go to the charity, Elephant Family, that is devoted to protecting and nurturing Asian elephants in their own, natural habitat. Cos d’Estournel’s new cellar is a joint reflection by the technical team, the architect Jean-Michel Wilmotte and Jean Guillaume Prats. It’s a marvel blend of simplicity and modern technology. Cos d’Estournel is unique to Bordeaux and the rest of world. What makes this special is that the cellars of Cos d’Estournel are entirely operated by gravity. There are no pumps of any kind to force the wine. The purpose is to allow a gentleness to the wine and improve its purity allowing for expression of their special terroir. It set a new benchmark for cellars not only in the Left Bank, but in all of Bordeaux. The new cellars at Chateau Cos d’Estournel include 72 isothermal cone shaped stainless steel vats. The vats are specifically designed for thermal inertia. The 72 vats have a wide range of capacities to correspond with the needs of each parcel of vines. The vats range in size from as small as 19 hectoliters all the way up to 115 hectolitres. 12 of the smaller vats that are designed to handle between 19 and 60 hectoliters that have two levels in each vat. In other words, this offers the technical equivalent of 24 separate vats. Each of the vats are double lined, which allows for more exact and temperature control. None of the vats use interior heat coils. Perhaps the most inventive part of the cellars is the four 100 hectoliter lift tanks or wine elevators that replace the pumps used in the traditional pumping over and racking off processes, which introduce air and often destabilize the marc. From the moment the grapes arrive, everything travels by the flow of gravity. Jean Guillaume Prats called this process a pumpless, pump over. What takes place is, the wine is released from the main vat where the skins remain. By gravity, the juice is then moved into smaller vats which are on wheels. These small vats are sent to the glass elevators where they are moved up one floor and returned back into the vat by gravity to cover the skins. At this point, the process is still unique to Chateau Cos d’Estournel. The wine production of Cos d’Estournel is labor intensive starting the moment the grapes enter their new facility. The berries travel through a tunnel that instantly lowers the temperature of the fruit to 3-5 degrees Celsius. This sudden chilling stops the loss of juice while also slowing oxidation. Next, the grapes are cold macerated at 7-9 degrees Celsius for about a week. Pump overs are done by gravity recycling. The juice from the top of the vat moves to the bottom of the vat entirely by gravity. The fermentation takes place at low temperatures to avoid over extraction or harsh tannins. The 91 hectare vineyard of Chateau Cos d’Estournel is planted to 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot, 1% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot. The vineyard is located close to the border of Pauillac and Saint Estephe at the southern tip of the Saint Estephe appellation. The vineyard has cultivated 84 hectares of vines. Even though the vineyard has been expanded over the years, the grape varietals planted here have remained consistent. The vineyard, located on the hill of Cos, has gentle elevations of up to 20 meters. On average, the vines are 35 years of age. However, the estate has very old Merlot vines as well, which date back more than 100 years. Part of the terroir is situated on the hill of Cos, which is at a high elevation for the Medoc at 20 meters. Cos d’Estournel is translated from old Gascon speech; which means the hill of pebbles. It describes the terroir along with clay, gravel, sand and limestone soil. However, there is a unique aspect to the soil at Cos d’Estournel, as you find more gravel and less clay here than you do at other neighboring vineyards. Because the fruit is grown close to the Atlantic ocean in a cool climate, Cos d’Estournel is often among the last of the properties in the Medoc to harvest. The vineyard is managed by teams and each team member is given 45,000 vines to look after. The vineyard, which is almost one large block, can be further divided into 72 separate parcels. — 6 years ago

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Huuuge, probably.
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Been there. Lot of info.
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@Peggy Hadley Nice you visited. I love Bordeaux, but respect & love the people that make them just as much. As well, I love their history. Delectable holds all of it for me for to reference from my pocket. Cheers!

Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste

Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend 2005

Colt 45 works every time. Remember those commercials? I do. Grand puy Lacoste is my go to Bordeaux. It never disappoints, this one is still a little young but a great pauillac with graphic , dark fruit and just starting to show more complexity. The 2012 is on the market for $50 probably one of the better Cabernet values in the market especially given Napa prices recently. As for this 05, drink now or over the next 20 years — 7 years ago

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Château Climens

Barsac 1er Cru Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend 2005

Outstanding. Very cleanly delineated, heavy botritys, great acidity and layers and layers of flavor, honey apricot, lemon zest — 7 years ago

Bernard Magrez

Château Fombrauge Saint-Èmilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend 2005

2005 Château Fombrauge Grand Cru Saint-Emilion - Perfect time to open this @llamainnnyc tonight. Well balanced, cerebral and complex. Drink now or hold for 5 more. — 8 years ago

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Château L'Evangile

Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend 2005

Robert Cunningham

Young but rich. Quite extracted but lovely. Needs 10 more years to soften and integrate and show its depth, but the core is there! Like belt fruit with a trace of mint. Some earth tones as well. Holds up. — 8 years ago

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Château Smith Haut Lafitte

Pessac-Léognan Blanc White Bordeaux Blend 2005

Expected this to be rather fat then mineral. Instead lovely line of acid and complex flavours of honey, lemon curd and hints of kerosene from barrel ageing. Beautiful to drink now! Our wine of the night! — 10 years ago

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