I like to revisit Bordeaux 10 years after vintage to see how the wines are progressing. 2005 was a highly acclaimed vintage and one that I stocked up on. Over the years I have tried over 100 wines from the 2005 Bordeaux vintage but not too many recently. This year I will be opening some throughout the year. To start this off, a friend invited us to his house for dinner and opened the 3 right bank wines below. Later in the year I'm sure we will put together a tasting of left bank wines.
2005 has been a consistently fine vintage across the board. These wines were approachable and showed surprisingly good balance at 10 years old. The fruit was solid and clean. Secondary nuances were not very prevalent yet. The hype surrounding this vintage seems to be well founded. Please feel free to add your notes or thoughts on 2005 bordeaux to this thread. Here are my notes from last weekend (and a couple older ones):
2005 Château Fleur Cardinale - France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru (2/14/2015)
Decanted for 4 hours. Mildly sedimented. Cloudy deep red color. Similar notes as the last time I had it 3 months ago. More earthy than fruity with charcoal, cassis and tar notes. Round structure. Dry, lipsmacking finish. 92 points.
2005 Château Quinault L'Enclos - France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru (2/14/2015)
Decanted for 4 hours. Mildly sedimented. Crimson color. Round texture. Notes of currants, wet earth and red berries. Smooth tannins for being only 10 years old. This seemed to be the most integrated and approachable of the 2005's opened. Just as good or perhaps better than the 2000. 93 points
2005 Château Canon-la-Gaffelière - France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru (2/14/2015)
Decanted for 4 hours. Mildly sedimented. Haven't had this since it's release. Deep red color. Perfume and floral nose. Earthy style with some vanilla bean, asphalt and red currants. Medium bodied. My favorite of the 3 2005's opened. One of the best Canon's I have ever had and still growing. 94-95 points.
And a couple from about 8 months ago:
2005 Château Malescot St. Exupéry - France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Margaux (6/28/2014)
This was the first bottle from my case I've opened. Decanted 9 hours. This 3rd growth is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Tight when first opened but the decanting really helped. Firm tannins. Charcoal, plum, mineral and currant notes. Earthy and rich finish. Shocked at how well this was drinking. 96+ points.
2005 Château Plaisance (Bordeaux Supérieur) - France, Bordeaux, Bordeaux Supérieur (6/27/2014)
Ruby color. Notes of cherry, plum and smoke. Show well for a lesser property. 88 points