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Burgundy Vintage Report by Rousseau: In short, 2005 promises to be a great year for aging, as generous in quantity as in quality.The period of vegetative rest which extends from October to February was marked by a winter slightly more rigorous and longer than the previous years, with normal rainfall and overdrawn sunning except in January. The pruning took place from November to March and there was no winter treatment. ‘Débourrement’ was around April 20th. The renewal of activity of the vine occurred towards the end of March and the beginning of April, and the relatively fresh and disturbed climatic conditions were rather unfavorable to its development.At the end of April, a radical change in time provoked an explosion of vegetation and the delay in maturity compared to 2004 was entirely filled.

 

The dryness, which started at the beginning of June, was accentuated during all August. Flowering, engaged quickly, found its apogee from the 6th. to 10th. June. From mid-June to the end of month, the bays grew bigger very quickly because of the hot weather, and the ‘veraison’ began the first days of August.

 

The harvest, begun on the 14th of september, proceeded under excellent conditions, with the weather as with the quality of the extremely healthy, beautiful bunches and in sufficient quantity. All these ideal conditions gave a very beautiful harvest. Consequently, wine making was done in good conditions and lasted from 15 to 18 days. After a light cooling of the tanks at the beginning of ‘cuvaison’ (until a temperature of 15°C), alcoholic fermentation started naturally.The maximum temperatures were relatively moderate (28°C to 33°C according to the tanks) and did not require any intervention to control the parameters. The extraction was done in a very soft way, with a little less intervention (pigeages and remontages) than usual. Malo-lactic fermentation, which started quickly, finished in AprilMay. The sugar level was high with a better acidity compared to the previous years, giving a very good balance. The first racking was carried out in September 2006.

 

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Bordeaux Vintage Report 2005 is a truly fantastic vintage with great quality across the board on both the Left and Right Banks.

The 2005 vintage became the most expected since 2000. The en primeur market was heated, and prices skyrocketed. The cold winter delayed the bud break before the hot ans dunny spring broke up. Even vegetative growth and flowering gave a perfect start to the vintage. The summer turned out to be one of the driest ever which was avoiding disaster since the weather remained reasonably warm not excessively hot as in 2003. The soil is again becoming a decisive quality factor. Gravelly areas, such as Graves, were worst affected once more. In other words, top wines are to be expected.

For short term perspective, in the next couple of years, an excellent amount of mature red Bordeaux wines will be available in the market. The vintages 2004, 2002, 1999, 1994, 1992 and 1988 offer a wide selection of enjoyable wines to be consumed immediately or at most to be stored for a short period.

As investments, the best vintages from the past 35 years are 2003, 1996, 1989, 1986 and 1982. The most certain long-term investments are Latour, La Mission Haut-Brion, Haut-Brion, Le Pin and Pétrus.

In the last 35 years, Bordeaux has undergone a substantial change in winemaking. Modern equipment and developing know-how have guaranteed more even quality. It seems that the next challenge will be handling the extreme climates including slowly global warming, which has already given hints of its effects also in Bordeaux. It is impossible to say how the Bordeaux wines will change in the next 35 years. We can only hope that their most characteristic feature, elegant aristocratic nature highlighted by unique terroir, will never fade away.

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Napa Valley 2005 Vintage Report Winter rains took pause for a dry, mild March then began again with record-setting precipitation late into the growing season delaying bloom and set. The summer months were cool and pleasant with few heat spikes. Fog and cool temperatures were a concern heading into September as sugar levels were yet to rise in all varieties. Warm, nearly perfect conditions arrived with an Indian Summer making for a later than average harvest, providing winemakers with fruit with extended hang and ultimately realizing excellent sugar development and balanced acids with a larger than average crop of what could be a signature vintages from Napa Valley.

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Italy Vintage Report by Tb: 2005 was a very difficult year for producers. A dry and chilly summer turned into a rainy August. Piedmont was battered by hailstorms and a disease affecting the Baco 22, which dries out and eventually kills the vine. Tuscany was also hit by chilly, rainy weather and the challenges these pose for vineyards. It can be said that 2005 was entirely a winemaker's year, even if it was somewhat desperate.

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Champagne Vintage Report by Cristal / The 2005 vintage was a year of marked contrasts between seasons and regions. Following a fairly harsh winter, 2005 had a mild spring with relatively warm temperatures all year long. There was above average sunshine and a slight water deficit, as had been the case throughout the dry cycle of 2005/2004 and 2003. The heat and humidity in July produced larger grapes and bunches, rather unusually for the Champagne region, while the cooler weather in August, followed by a very sunny month of September, led to favourable ripening in spite of heavy parasite pressure. The harvest dates were “typical” of those of the decade: September 12th for Chardonnays and the following day for Pinots Noirs.

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The best wines of the 2005 vintage

Name Tb Producer Location
1 Gevrey-Chambertin Clos St. Jacques 98.0 Domaine Armand Rousseau Burgundy, France
2 Goldkapsel TBA 97.0 Weingut Egon Müller-Scharzhof Saar, Germany
3 Château Haut-Brion Blanc 96.9 Château Haut-Brion Bordeaux, France
4 Château Ausone 96.9 Château Ausone Bordeaux, France
5 Montrachet 96.8 Domaine des Comtes Lafon Burgundy, France
6 Côte-Rôtie La Landonne 96.8 E.Guigal Rhône, France
7 Musigny Vieilles Vignes 96.5 Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé Burgundy, France
8 Château Margaux 96.4 Château Margaux Bordeaux, France
9 Chambertin 96.3 Domaine Armand Rousseau Burgundy, France
10 Tertre Roteboeuf 96.3 Château Tertre Roteboeuf Bordeaux, France
11 Lafite-Rothschild 96.3 Château Lafite-Rothschild Bordeaux, France
12 Pétrus 96.3 Château Pétrus Pomerol, France
13 La Mission Haut Brion 96.2 Château La Mission Haut-Brion Bordeaux, France
14 Vosne-Romanée Cros Parantoux 96.0 Meo Camuzet Burgundy, France
15 Catena Cabernet Sauvignon 96.0 Catena Zapata Mendoza, Argentina
16 Chambertin Clos de Bèze 96.0 Domaine Joseph Faiveley Burgundy, France
17 Chevalier-Montrachet 96.0 Domaine D'Auvenay Burgundy, France
18 La Romanée 96.0 Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair Burgundy, France
19 Clos Fourtet 96.0 Clos Fourtet Bordeaux, France
20 Corton- Charlemagne Grand Cru 96.0 Domaine Bonneau du Martray Burgundy, France
21 Château Raymond-Lafon 96.0 Château Raymond-Lafon Bordeaux, France
22 Bonnes Mares Grand Cru 96.0 Domaine Georges Roumier Burgundy, France
23 Château Pontet Canet 96.0 Château Pontet Canet Bordeaux, France
24 Montrachet 95.8 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Burgundy, France
25 Atlantis Fe2O3 95.8 Sine Qua Non California, United States
26 Chevalier-Montrachet 95.8 Domaine Leflaive Burgundy, France
27 Syrah Seymour's Vineyard 95.7 Alban Vineyards California, United States
28 La Tâche 95.7 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Burgundy, France
29 St. Eden 95.7 Bond Estate Napa Valley, United States
30 Cote-Rotie "Cote Rozier" 95.7 Earl Pierre Gaillard Rhone Valley, France
31 Dominus 95.7 Dominus Estate Napa Valley, United States
32 Château Latour 95.7 Château Latour Bordeaux, France
33 Lafleur 95.6 Château Lafleur Bordeaux, France
34 Château Mouton-Rothschild 95.6 Château Mouton-Rothschild Bordeaux, France
35 Hermitage Blanc 95.6 Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Rhône, France
36 Kistler Vineyard Pinot Noir 95.5 Kistler California, United States
37 Chablis Grand Cru Réserve de l'Obédience 95.5 Domaine Laroche Chablis, France
38 Barolo Monfortino Riserva 95.5 Giacomo Conterno Piedmont, Italy
39 Clos-de-la-Roche Vieilles-Vignes 95.5 Domaine Ponsot Burgundy, France
40 Clos Saint Martin 95.5 Château Clos Saint Martin Bordeaux, France
41 Volnay 1er Cru En Caillerets Clos des 60 Ouvrées 95.5 Domaine de la Pousse d'Or Burgundy, France
42 Château Malescot-Saint-Exupery 95.5 Château Malescot-Saint-Exupery Bordeaux, France
43 Château Pichon-Longueville Baron 95.5 Château Pichon-Longueville Baron Bordeaux, France
44 Chablis Grand Cru Les Blanchots 95.4 Domaine Laroche Chablis, France
45 Côte-Rôtie La Mouline 95.3 E.Guigal Rhône, France
46 Le Pin 95.3 Le Pin Bordeaux, France
47 d'Yquem 95.1 Château d'Yquem Bordeaux, France
48 Château de Fargues 95.0 Château de Fargues Sauternes, France
49 Château Haut-Brion 95.0 Château Haut-Brion Bordeaux, France
50 Batard-Montrachet 95.0 Domaine Ramonet Burgundy, France
51 Penfolds Bin 707 Cabernet Sauvignon 95.0 Penfolds South Australia, Australia
52 Clos Apalta 95.0 Casa Lapostolle Colchagua, Chile
53 Château de Valandraud 95.0 Château Valandraud St.Emilion, France
54 Barolo Serre "10 anni" 95.0 Poderi Gianni Gagliardo Piedmont, Italy
55 Quarts de Chaume 95.0 Domaine des Baumard Loire, France
56 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 95.0 Château Montelena Napa Valley, United States
57 Riesling Smaragd Hochrain 95.0 Franz Hirtzberger Wachau, Austria
58 Batard Montrachet 95.0 J.M. Boillot Burgundy, France
59 Steinberger Riesling Auslese Goldkapsel 95.0 Kloster Eberbach Rheingau, Germany
60 Meursault Les Narvaux 95.0 Domaine D'Auvenay Burgundy, France
61 Latricières-Chambertin 95.0 Louis Jadot Burgundy, France
62 Trotanoy 95.0 Château Trotanoy Pomerol, France
63 Graacher Domprobst Riesling Auslese 95.0 Weingut Willi Schaefer Mosel, Germany
64 Corton-Charlemagne 95.0 Bouchard Père & Fils Burgundy, France
65 Grands Echézeaux 95.0 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Burgundy, France
66 Château Corbin-Michotte 95.0 Château Corbin-Michotte Bordeaux, France
67 Meursault-Perrières 95.0 Coche Dury Burgundy, France
68 Charmes Chambertin 95.0 Domaine Ponsot Burgundy, France
69 Polish Hill River Riesling 95.0 O'Leary Walker Wines Clare Valley, Australia
70 Bonnes Mares Grand Cru 95.0 Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé Burgundy, France
71 Barolo Gran Bussia Riserva 95.0 Poderi Aldo Conterno Piedmont, Italy
72 Charmes-Chambertin 95.0 Joseph Drouhin Burgundy, France
73 Chablis Grand Cru Clos 95.0 Domaine Raveneau Burgundy, France
74 Diana Madeline 95.0 Cullen Wines Margaret River, Australia
75 Proprietary Red 95.0 Pahlmeyer Napa Valley, United States
76 Meursault 1er Cru Les Perrieres 95.0 Domaine Guy Roulot Burgundy, France
77 Millésimé 95.0 Jacques Selosse Champagne, France
78 Vosne-Romanée Premier Cru Cros Parantoux 95.0 Emmanuel Rouget Burgundy, France
79 Berncasteler Doctor Riesling Kabinett 95.0 Weingut Dr. H. Thanisch Erben Müller-Burggraef, Germany
80 Château Rayas Châteauneuf-du-Pape Réservé 95.0 Château Rayas Rhône, France
81 Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou 95.0 Château Ducru-Beaucaillou Bordeaux, France
82 Château Doisy-Daene 95.0 Château Doisy-Daëne Bordeaux, France
83 Charmes-Chambertin 95.0 Louis Jadot Burgundy, France
84 Mount Edelstone 95.0 Henschke Eden Valley, Australia
85 Puligny Montrachet 95.0 Domaine Leflaive Burgundy, France
86 Château Laville Haut-Brion 95.0 Château Laville Haut-Brion Pessac Leognan, France
87 Chambertin Clos de Bèze 95.0 Domaine Armand Rousseau Burgundy, France
88 The Napa Valley Reserve 95.0 The Napa Valley Reserve Napa Valley, United States
89 Colgin Cariad 95.0 Colgin Cellars Napa Valley, United States
90 Belle Brise 95.0 Belle Brise Bordeaux, France
91 IX Estate 95.0 Colgin Cellars Napa Valley, United States
92 Harlan Estate 94.9 Harlan Estate Napa Valley, United States
93 Château Palmer 94.8 Château Palmer Bordeaux, France
94 Châteauneuf-du-Pape 94.8 Château de Beaucastel Rhône, France
95 La Mondotte 94.8 La Mondotte Bordeaux, France
96 Cuvée L'Apôtre 94.8 David Léclapart Champagne, France
97 Léoville-Las Cases 94.8 Château Léoville-Las Cases Saint-Julien, France
98 Vieilles Vignes Françaises 94.7 Bollinger Champagne, France
99 Cristal Rosé 94.5 Louis Roederer Champagne, France
100 Vecina 94.5 Bond Estate Napa Valley, United States

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