2005 Bordeaux: A Legendary Year

Nick Jackson, MW Consultant | April 30, 2022

Unusual and Special

From the earliest tastings, it was obvious that the 2005 Bordeaux vintage was something unusual and special. It is rare to have a Bordeaux vintage where ripeness and concentration of fruit, powerful but supple tannins, and fresh acidity all co-exist...but they did from the beginning in 2005, and still do today. The best reds will last for 50 years and, at 17, all are more than living up to their potential.

Brane Cantenac, Grand Puy Lacoste, Giscours and Rauzan Segla on the Left Bank, and Canon on the Right Bank, are all in gorgeous full bloom today. Montrose produced one of their best wines ever in 2005, and it too is drinking well. As for First Growths Latour, Haut-Brion, Margaux and Mouton Rothschild, these are the things of collectors' dreams!

Finally, do not sleep on Sauternes: it was a fantastic year for sweet wines such as Yquem and Climens.