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June 22, 2008

The Great 2005 Bordeaux Vintage

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Tags: , , , — Dirk @ 7:11 am

Bordeaux_2005Author: Dirk Chan

The 2005 Bordeaux vintage is already touted with the 1961, 1982, 1989, 1990 and 2000 as one of the greatest vintages of the past half century. Winemakers say if you couldn’t make a great wine in 2005, you might as well change professions. With prices soaring with the universal acclaim, those of you who bought futures are laughing, those who didn’t will pay a higher tariff. It is a vintage not be missed and should be represented in any serious wine collection.

The growing season was spectacular with sunshine aplenty, lots of heat and the rain that came was precisely when needed. There is tons of fruit to balance the massive tannins combined with great acidity which makes the wines taste fresh and vibrant. Cellar these gems for a decade or two and then reap the rewards of your patience.

deVine has the following well chosen 2005 Bordeaux available. There are choices from all of the major appellations: St. Julien, Pauillac, Margaux, Pessac-Leognan, St. Emilion and Pomerol. Please note quantities are very limited and will be sold on a first come first serve basis.

2005 Château Peyraud – $21.99

2005 Château Haut-Colombier – $21.99

2005 Château Sainte Colombe – $28.99

2005 Château Hauchat La Rose – $34.99

2005 Château Pibran – $59.99

2005 Château Bouscaut – $64.99

2005 Château Gombaude-Guillot – $62.99

2005 Château Chasse-Spleen – $74.99

2005 Château Ferrière – $81.99

2005 Château Haut-Bages-Liberal – $74.99

2005 Château Fombrauge – $76.99

2005 Château Brane-Cantenac – $109.99

2005 Château Kirwan – $109.99

2005 Château d’Issan – $127.99

2005 Château Pibran (Magnum) – $124.99

2005 Château La Providence – $154.99

2005 Château Clos Fourtet – $189.99

2005 Château Lagrange (Magnum) – $242.99

2005 Château d’Issan (Magnum) – $264.99

2005 Château La Conseillante – $299.99


  1. Great to see the blog up and running. I am a frequent visitor to quite a few wine blogs as well as taking part in a couple of wine forums on a regular basis!!
    I hope this blog will develope into something that is relaxed, fun, educational. Hopefully we will also get some customer reactions to wines recently purchased at DeVines. I am a TN geek!!

    I thought the `05 Cotes du Rhone from Cuilleron, Gaillard and Villard on the tasting bar the other day was a very good Rhone for $20. Buy more and often!!

    Bob Parsons/Rics Grill

    Comment by bob parsons — June 22, 2008 @ 4:23 pm

  2. Hi Bob, why am I not surprised that you would be the first to comment on the blog – fast fingers. I’m glad you obviously was successful in subscribing for an id and posting. We’ve got some fine tuning to do, but we wanted the blog up and running for Annabelle & Ed’s immenent photos from Alsace where they’re visiting Zind-Humbrecht, Weinbach and Zinck in short order. As for the CdR, it is indeed an excellent wine for the money. I was surprised how forward and forthcoming it was. cheers, Dirk

    Comment by Dirk — June 22, 2008 @ 4:45 pm

  3. Sounds like the handful of wines Scott and I snagged ought to be winners… Thanks for the nudge. How is the Pavilion Rouge shaping up?

    Comment by travis — June 22, 2008 @ 5:25 pm

  4. Hi Travis, are you working out of town? Some of your Bordeaux futures have arrived, but we are holding everything until the entire order is complete before releasing it. Most of these new arrivals are probably a little bottle shocked, so we haven’t opened a single bottle yet. We will be holding a 2005 Bordeaux tasting in late October. As Margaux is one of the preferred appellations in this superb vintage, i am sure the Pavillon Rouge will be wonderful. Giving the arrival prices, you should be patting yourself in the back for purchasing the futures.
    cheers, Dirk

    Comment by Dirk — June 22, 2008 @ 6:19 pm

  5. Hi, Dirk. It’s great that you were able to get some 2005 Bordeaux in magnums, but I’m actually more suited to the opposite end of the spectrum. Any chance of getting any half bottles other than the Caronne St. Gemme?

    Comment by Mike Yan — June 23, 2008 @ 4:13 pm

  6. Mike, believe it or not, splits of Bordeaux are even more rare than magnums. Only very occasionally we will be offered 375ml’s. I’ll keep an eye out for it, but so far, i have seen very little offered in any format. We’re lucky we purchased a lot of the current inventory as futures.
    cheers, Dirk

    Comment by Dirk — June 23, 2008 @ 6:09 pm

  7. Thanks Dirk for new password! Computer problems at home.
    Great to hear about the Bordeaux news but I would like to mention that I am on a Pinot Gris kick right now..(again)! I have just revisited an old fave of mine, the Sandhill (Okanagan). The `06 is on your shelf and this is one of the drier PGs I have come across. They are hard to find, in fact on winelovers, we are looking at PG all month. Trimbach from Alsace seems to be very dry, maybe others want to chip in here?!!

    Comment by bob parsons — June 23, 2008 @ 6:56 pm

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