2005 Bordeaux: A Vintage of Pleasure


2005 Bordeaux: A Vintage of Pleasure

Wine Team New York |

The 2005 vintage is beloved by the Sotheby’s New York retail team, and today’s selection of wines is an honor to share.

On release, considered perhaps the greatest vintage since 1982, or even better, and the wines remain impeccable today. Like the 2010s, they have a heavy tannic charge and have been rather unyielding early in their lives, especially on the Left Bank. Approaching their 20-year anniversary, however, the wines are beginning to soften and to develop pleasing aromatic complexity. They should be among Bordeaux’s best wines to drink over the next 20 years. The Right Bank can be absolutely glorious (see La Conseillante); this is a landmark vintage for St. Emilion and Pomerol, and easily the best since 1998.”  - Nick Jackson MW (written October 2023).

Referred to by some as a "dream vintage," the 2005 season in Bordeaux was nothing short of extraordinary. The critical period leading up to harvest was marked by near-perfect conditions, with warm, dry weather prevailing, and only a small but needed amount of light rain. The long, dry, growing season allowed for a relaxed pace at harvest without the need to rush; winemakers had the luxury of waiting for each variety and plot to reach its peak.

The resulting wines have garnered widespread acclaim, possessing a remarkable combination of power and finesse, with opulent fruit concentration, refined tannins, and exquisite freshness. 

We are thrilled today to showcase select wines from this benchmark vintage, with years of cellaring showing some tertiary complexity, they can certainly be enjoyed now, but could also reward those who have patience with decades more of pleasure.

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