Thursday, May 04, 2006

More of Bordeaux 2005 Vintage

I found the following on Langton's site and found it immensley interesting (as I love Bordeaux reds):

Langton's will be offering a selection of 2005 en primeur wines in the forthcoming weeks. It is likely that the top wines will be very limited in supply. It will be a question of first in best dressed. You can be assured that this is a tip top vintage at every level. Andrew Caillard MW, Langton’s Sydney director, is recently returned from Bordeaux sampling the wines and making selections for Langton’s en primeur offer. These are his diary and tasting notes from the frontline in Bordeaux.

"I don't remember the 1947 vintage, but this is the best vintage of my lifetime." Christian Moueix, Chateau Petrus

"The sheer quality and definition of the wines perhaps eclipse the hugely hyped 2000 and 1982 vintages. Certainly old-timers are suggesting the wines are as brilliant as the legendary 1961s and 1947s. " Andrew Caillard MW

First entry: 10.30pm Wednesday 5th April, Saint-Emilion "I don't remember the 1947 vintage, but this is the best vintage of my lifetime." Christian Moueix, Chateaux Petrus

There is an extraordinary buzz happening in the annual primeur tastings in Bordeaux at the moment. The 2005 vintage is being compared to the great 1961 by the Bordelais. Merchants from all around the world are being treated to museum examples of the vintage to prove a point. I have already seen the First Growth 1961 Margaux (en magnum) and the Fifth Growth 1961 Batailley. These, and other same vintage bottles of exquisitely aged wine, are no doubt weapons of mass persuasion. The world wine trade is bracing itself for the opening prices of the 2005 vintage. There is talk that some first growth Chateau will offer wines at over 300 euros a bottle. If that's true, it will be a great pity.

For the rest of this article see Langton's

Bordeaux 2005 en primeur tasting notes

Andrew Caillard, MW - April 2006

The following tasting reviews are gleaned from over 450 samples tasted at various locations over a seven day period. In some cases I may have tried a wine up to four times. All the wines are of course barrel samples and essentially unfinished wines. All the 2005s will spend more time in barrel.

For the rest of this article and all the tasting notes see Langton's


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