The Dream Vintage
The wine regions of Europe enjoyed a virtually perfect vintage in 2005. Not least in Bordeaux. In the usual way, Bordeaux is always first cab off the rank with its annual “en primeur” (futures) campaign – with a handful of wines being offered on a similar basis from Burgundy, and the Rhône Valley.
Early post-harvest reports from Bordeaux were euphoric – the châteaux owners could not have asked for anything better! As we moved into 2006, it was inevitable that the hype would begin. Read Rob Walter’s report direct from Bordeaux here.
The Dream Bordeaux Vintage Wine
If you are new to Bordeaux indent offers please read the “Why buy Bordeaux en primeur?” and the “Bordeaux in a nutshell” notes included here.
Click here to download the PDF version or here for the Word version of the 2005 Vintage Report from Bordeaux’s Bill Blatch.. His annual report is essential reading for anyone with a serious interest in the wines of Bordeaux. Here you find the whole story. No hype. Nothing about particular châteaux. Everything you could want to know about the vintage from the beginning of 2005. This is the ultimate insiders report, because Bill knows everyone important at every significant château. He talks to the regisseurs, the cellar masters, the viticulteurs. He tastes more than just about anyone in the whole of Bordeaux.