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The Ultimate Vintage.

Claret has for centuries been the ultimate wine. They are the most collectable, they have the greatest ability to age and they are some of the most diverse wines on the planet. They range from inexpensive, everyday drinkers to hugely expensive, coveted treasures. Stylistically, they range from forward and accessible to intensely concentrated and structured. It is a region, which truly offers something for everyone.ghghjghj

Each Spring eager merchants and journalists descend upon Bordeaux to taste all that this region has to offer. For months growers and the international media had been talking about this unique vintage. With the result that no vintage has ever been anticipated with such excitement.

The wines have all the structure, refinement and freshness of classic Bordeaux combined with perfect ripeness. When asked what vintage 2005 resembles, many just shrugged and replied that they have never seen a vintage where all the elements came together so perfectly. It has the richness of the 1945s, the power of the 1961s and the fresh minerality of the 2004s.

Given the outstanding quality, there has been much speculation on pricing. As with anything great, the top wines will be expensive.

2005 will be a vintage to buy for collecting and drinking.

The Wines Of 2005.

With such ideal growing conditions, outstanding results are only to be expected. It was a vintage where the wine really made itself. Many winemakers, instinctively sensing this, took a step back and let nature take its course.
The red wines as a whole have gorgeous, opulent fruit backed by notable structure, freshness and minerality. Most are terroir-driven and superb examples of their individual commune or sub-region.

Some wines will be drinkable upon release, though the majority with require a certain amount of cellaring to open up. Many of these wines will also last a long time indicating that this vintage may offer a drinking window larger than any previously seen.

The whites also fared extraordinarily well – rich and dense yet with superb liveliness. They are generally richer than the 2004s and offer fleshy, primal fruit that should age effortlessly. 2005 is also a great Sauternes vintage, and it is highly rare when all 3 styles excel. 2005 could be the ultimate year.

Wines of the vintage that are likely to be expensive and limited are Haut Brion, Latour, Lafite, Margaux, Mouton Rothschild, Cos d’Estournel, Pichon Lalande and Ducru Beaucaillou. My recommended wines of the vintage that combine outstanding quality and sensible pricing are Leoville Barton, Calon Segur, Pontet Canet, D’Issan, Lagrange and Talbot. The wines of 2005 can be pre-ordered with delivery in June 2008.

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First Growths

Ch. Lafite, Pauillac - Best drinking 2015-2035

One peek into Chateau Lafite’s cellar is like entering the 18th century. Its cobweb-dressed chandeliers subtly light shadowy corridors playing host to hundreds of ancient vintages. Nothing could be more representative of its philosophy – classic, stylish yet powerful – characteristics that have made it one of most collectible wines of the world.

In 1985, a 1787 Jefferson bottling obtained $300,000 at auction. Twenty-one years later, it remains the most expensive bottle ever sold.

In 2005, Lafite produced one of the top wines of the vintage. Full stop. It is full bodied and fleshed out with lots of ripe bramble fruit and excellent – almost granite-like – minerality. Silky yet with formidable presence, it is true to its soulful character and will long reward those who find it in their cellars.

Ch. Latour, Pauillac - Best drinking 2015-2035

It is a common misconception that Chateau Latour was named after its notable cream-coloured tower – a 17th century edifice that served as a dovecote. The original tower that had yielded its name to this exemplary property was built in the 15th century as a watchtower to fend off invading pirates during the Hundred Years War. It has long been eroded away but not without leaving its long lived legend intact.

Mind-blowingly powerful, albeit very reticent upon first taste, there was no denying its sheer concentration and ceaseless length. This is very reminiscent of the exceptional 1961 but with more flesh.

Ch. Margaux, Margaux - Best drinking 2012-2040

Known as the most elegant and aromatic First Growth due to its Cabernet-friendly, sandy soil, Chateau Margaux is owned by Corinne Mentzelopoulos and managed by the dynamic Paul Pontallier. The vineyard holdings amount to almost 200 acres, though a much smaller percentage is selected for the Grand Vin to ensure its exceptional concentration.

2005 was by far the most fleshy, hedonistic and upfront of all First Growths. According to the Chateaux, 2005 provided excellent levels of everything – acidity, sugar, fruit and tannin. Its undeniable structure is swept up in its velvety palate making the tannins virtually undetectable. This wine which will be approachable relatively young, but has amazing stuffing that will last and last. An incredible wine!

Ch. Mouton Rothschild, Pauillac - Best drinking 2015-2035

By far the most visitor-friendly estate of the First Growths, Mouton Rothschild is also one of the most artistically oriented. Since 1945the Rothschild Family have annually commissioned various artists to create labels for their Grand Vin. Over the years, celebrated artists such as Chagall, Picasso and Warhol have graced the outside of their bottles. The 2005 Mouton is notably dense and rich with powerful brooding tannins, and notes of spicy cranberry and blackberry fruit. Nonetheless, there is and underlying softness and savouriness, which renders the wine very balanced and complete.

Ch. Haut Brion, Pessac Leognan - Best drinking 2015-2035

Arguably the oldest recognised Bordeaux grand cru, the American Dillon Family has owned Haut Brion since 1935. Over the years, their incredible investments have re-established the inherent quality of this property enabling it to emerge as possibly the most consistent First Growth since the 1980s.

Beautifully structured and the most poised of all First Growths, the 2005 Haut Brion is a stunning wine. Elegant, subtle and pure with outstanding persistence, concentration and finesse.

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Second Growths

Ch. Leoville Las Cases
Ch. Cos D’Estournel
Ch. Pichon Lalande
Ch. Ducru Beaucaillou
Ch. Montrose
Ch. Pichon Baron
Ch. Leoville Barton
Ch. Leoville Poyferre
Ch. Gruaud Larose
Ch. Rauzan Segla
Ch. Brane Cantenac
Ch. Durfort Vivens


Le Pin
Ch. L’Evangile
Ch. L’Eglise Clinet
Vieux Chateau Certan
La Conseillante
Ch. Clinet
Ch. Feytit Clinet

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Ch. D’Yquem
Ch. Climens
Ch. De Fargues
Ch. Rieussec
Ch. Suduirant
Ch. Coutet


Ch. Petrus Merlot

Australian Rare and Prestige List

Penfolds Grange 750ml – all vintages as a set 1951 to 2001
Penfolds Grange 1.5ltr – all vintages as a set 1979 to 2000
Penfolds Grange 6.0ltr – all vintages 1975, 1985, 1993, 1997, 1998 and 1999
Penfolds Grange 375ml Half Bottle) – 1952
Penfolds Grange 750ml – 1955 Bin 95 ‘signed by Max Schubert’
Penfolds Grange 750ml – 1955 Bin 14
Penfolds Grange 750ml – 1955 Bin 13
Penfolds Grange 750ml – 1956 Bin 14
Penfolds Bin 707 750ml – all vintages
Penfolds Magill Estate 750ml – all vintages
Penfolds St Henri 750ml – all vintages
Penfolds RWT (Red Wine Trial) 750ml – all vintages
Penfolds Trial Bin Chardonnay and Yattarna Chardonnay
Penfolds Bin Series 750ml – 389, 407, 60A, 7, 80A, 820, 90A, 920, 95A, Block 42
Woodleys Treasure Chest 1949-1956
Henschke Hill Of Grace 750ml – all vintages
Henschke Abbott’s Prayer Merlot, Mt Edelstone Shiraz, Cyril Henschke Cabernet
Mount Mary Quintet Cabernets and Pinot
Barossa Valley Estates E&E Black Pepper Shiraz
Bests Thompson Family Reserve Shiraz
Mt Langi Ghiran "Langi" Shiraz 1999/2000
Cathcart Ridge Estate 'The Grampian' Shiraz
Cape Mentelle Cabernet, Sauvignon Blanc and Zinfandel
Charles Melton Shiraz
Clonakilla Shiraz Viognier
Coriole Lloyd Reserve Shiraz and Mary Kathleen Cabernet
Cullen Cabernet Merlot and Chardonnay
D’Arenberg Dead Arm Shiraz
Dalwhinnie Eagle Shiraz
Elderton Command Shiraz
Giaconnda Chardonnay and Shiraz
Glaetzer "Nefertari" Shiraz 2002
Grant Burge Meshach Shiraz
Grosset Gaia Cabernet Franc Merlot and Mesh Riesling
Haan Prestige Merlot
Hardy’s Eileen Hardy Shiraz
Howard Park Cabernets
Jasper Hill Emily’s Paddock and Georgia’s Paddock
James Irvine"'Grand Merlot"
Jim Barry"Armagh" Shiraz
Kaesler "The Old Bastard" Barossa Valley Shiraz
Katnook Estate "Odyssey" Cabernets and Prodigy Shiraz
Kay Brothers Amery – Block 6 Shiraz
Killakanoon "The Covenant" Shiraz & "The Parable" Shiraz 2001 & 2002
Leeuwin Art Series Shiraz, Cabernets and Chardonnay
Lindemans Limestone Ridge Shiraz Cabernet and Pyrus Cabernet Merlot Malbec
Leo Buring Watervale Riesling
Majella "The Mallaea" Shiraz Cabernet
Moss Wood Cabernets
Orlando Lawsons Shiraz, St Hugo and Jacaranda Ridge
Parker Coonawarra First Growth Cabernets
Summerfield Reserve Shiraz
Turkey Flat Shiraz
Wynn’s Michael Coonawarra Shiraz, John Riddoch and Harold Cabernets
Yalumba Octavius
Yarra Yering Dry Red 1.
Yeringberg Cabernets


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Cult Wines – Australia

Amon Ra Shiraz 2003,2004.2005
Barristers Block Barossa Shiraz 2004
Barristers Block Wrattonbully Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
Bass Phillip Reserve Pinot Noir
Branson Coach House Shiraz
Clarendon Hills Astralis Shiraz
Fox Creek Reserve Shiraz and Cabernets
Greenock Creek" Roennfeldt Road" Shiraz and Cabernets
Greenock Creek "Alices Block" Shiraz 2001
Greenock Creek Apricot Block Shiraz
Kaesler Old Bastard Shiraz
Kaesler The Bogan Shiraz
Molly Dooker 'Carnival Of Love' 'Enchanted Forest' Shiraz
Molly Dooker Velvet Glove
Mr Riggs Shiraz 2006
Noon Reserve Shiraz and Cabernets
'R' Wines Anamorphosis 2006
Reschke Empyrean 2004
Rockford Basket Press Shiraz and Black Sparkling Shiraz
Rouges Lane Shiraz and Shiraz Malbec
Rusden Boundaries Cabernet Sauvignon 2004
Rusden Ripper Creek Cabernet Shiraz 2005
Rusden Black Guts Shiraz 2004
Rusden Chookshed Zinfandel 2005
Schild Estate Moorooroo Shiraz (Limited Release) 2003
Schubert Estate Goose Yard Block Shiraz 2005
Shirvington Shiraz 2006
Small Gully Black Magic Shiraz 2004
Solitary Vineyards Greenock Creek Shiraz 2005
Solitary Vineyards Greenock Creek Grenache 2005
Solitary Vineyards Solitary Block Shiraz 2005
Spinifex Shiraz Viognier 2005
Spinifex Indigene 2005
Standish Shiraz Viognier The Relic 2005
Tait Basket Pressed Shiraz 2005
Tatiarra Caravan Of Dreams Shiraz Pressings 2006
Tatiarra Cambrian Shiraz 2006
Teusner Avatar 2005
Teusner Albert 2005
Teusner Riebke Shiraz 2006
The Old Faithful - Top Of The Hill Shiraz 2005
Three Rivers (Now Chris Ringland Shiraz)
Torbreck Run Rig Shiraz V., The Steading, The Factor, The Descendent, Les Amis
Troll Creek Cabernet Sauvignon 2004
Troll Creek Shiraz 2005
Wendouree Shiraz, Shiraz Malbec, Cabernet
Wild Duck Creek Duck Muck Shiraz

International Wines of Distinction

United States

Adelsheim Pinot Noir (USA)
Araujo Cabernet Etsele Vineyard (USA)
Axios Cabernet (USA)
Beaulieu Cabernet Clone 4 (USA)
Beringer Cabernet Private Reserve (USA)
Bryant Family Cabernet (USA)
Caduceus Vineyards (USA)
Caymus Cabernet Special Selection (USA)
Colgin Cabernet Herb Lamb (USA)
Dalla Valle Maya Cabernet (USA)
Dominus Proprietary Red (USA)
Grace Family Vineyard Cabernet (USA)
Groth Cabernet Reserve (USA)
Harlan Estate Cabernet (USA)
Hollywood and Vine 2480 Cabernet (USA)
Joseph Phelps Insignia (USA)
Kendall Jackson Stature Meritage (USA)
Kongsgaard Syrah Hudson Vineyard (USA)
Niebaum Coppola Rubicon (USA)
Opus One Proprietary Red (USA)
Pine Ridge Andrus Reserve Red (USA)
Pride Mountain Reserve Cabernet (USA)
Robert Mondavi Reserve Cabernet (USA)
Schrader Cellars RBS Cabernet (USA)
Silverado Lim Reserve Cabernet (USA)
Silver Oak Cellars Cabernet (USA)
Shafer Cabernet Stags Leap District (USA)
Screaming Eagle Cabernet (USA)
Stags Leap Cask 23 Cabernet (USA)

South Africa

Beau Joubert Merlot (South Africa)
Ernie Els Vineyards (South Africa)
Hidden Valley Pinotage (South Africa)
Jordan Chameleon Cabernets (South Africa)
Linton Park Proprietor’s Reserve (South Africa)
Meerlust Rubicon Cabernet (South Africa)
Thelema Cabernet Sauvignon (South Africa)
Vergelegen Merlot (South Africa)
Warwick Trilogy (South Africa)

New Zealand

Ata Rangi Pinot Noir (NZ)
Ata Rangi Sauvignon Blanc (NZ)
Allan Scott Pinot Noir (NZ)
Bannockbrae Pinot Noir (NZ)
Blackridge Pinot Noir (NZ)
Church Road Sauvignon Blanc (NZ)
Cloudy Bay Pinot Noir (NZ)
Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc (NZ)
Cornish Point Pinot Noir (NZ)
Dog Point Section 94 (NZ)
Dry River Pinot Noir (NZ)
Escarpment Cleland Pinot Noir (NZ)
Felton Road Pinot Noir Block 3 (NZ)
Felton Road Pinot Noir Block 5 (NZ)
Floating Mountain Pinot Noir (NZ)
Gibbston Reserve Pinot Noir (NZ)
Giesen Reserve Pinot Noir (NZ)
Herzog Pinot Noir (NZ)
Hunters Marlborough Pinot Noir (NZ)
Isabel Marlborough Pinot Noir (NZ)
Kaituna Valley Canterbury Pinot Noir (NZ)
Kawarau Reserve Pinot Noir (NZ)
Margrain Petite Pinot Noir (NZ)
Martinborough Reserve Pinot Noir (NZ)
Montana Terraces Pinot Noir (NZ)
Montana Reserve Sauvignon Blanc (NZ)
Mount Nelson Sauvignon Blanc (NZ)
Mt Difficulty Pinot Noir (NZ)
Muddy Water Pinot Noir (NZ)
Neudorf Sauvignon Blanc (NZ)
Nga Waka Pinot Noir (NZ)
Pegasus Bay Prima Donna Pinot Noir (NZ)
Palliser Estate Pinot Noir (NZ)
Rockburn Pinot Noir (NZ)
Roaring Meg Pinot Noir (NZ)
Sacred Hill Pinot Noir (NZ)
Seresin Marama Sauvignon Blanc (NZ)
Shepherds Ridge Pinot Noir (NZ)
Spy Valley Pinot Noir (NZ)
Stonyridge Pinot Noir (NZ)
Stonyridge Sauvignon Blanc (NZ)
Te Kairanga Reserve Pinot Noir (NZ)
Two Paddocks First Paddock (NZ)
Two Paddocks Last Chance Pinot (NZ)
Villa Maria Reserve Pinot Noir (NZ)
Villa Maria Reserve Sauvignon Blanc (NZ)
Wither Hills Pinot Noir (NZ)

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Billecart Salmon Brut Reserve
Billecart Salmon Brut Rose 1500ml
Billecart Salmon Cuvee Elisabeth - Salmon Rose 1996, 1997.
Billecart Salmon Cuvee Nicholas Francois 1996, 1998
Billecart Salmon Grande Cuvee 1996
Billecart Salmon Le Clos Saint Hilaire 1996
Bollinger Grande Annee 1999
Bollinger Grande Annee Rose 1999
Bollinger Vieilles Vignes Francaises (VVF)
Bollinger R.D
Cloudy Bay Pelorus
Diebolt Fleur de Passion
Dom Perignon
Dom Perignon – Magnums
Dom Perignon Enotheque 1992,1993
Dom Perignon Rose 1993
Dom Ruinart
Guy Charlemagne
Henri Giraud Fut de Chene
Jacquesson Signature
Jacquesson Signature Rose
Krug - Clos du Mesnil
Krug Rose
Krug – Magnums
Louis Roederer Cristal
Louis Roederer Cristal Rose
Louis Roederer Brut – Magnums
Verve Clicquot
Verve Clicquot Grand Dame
Perrier Jouet Belle Epoque
Perrier Jouet Belle Epoque Rose
Piper Heidsieck Jean Paul Gaultier
Pol Roger Sir Winston Churchill
Pol Roger Grauves
Pol Roger P.R.
Salon Le Mesnil
Selosse N
Selosse Vintage

Sparkling Australian Wines

Bay Of Fires
Pipers Brook
Blue Pyrenees Midhight Cuvee
Chandon Brut Rose
Chandon Cuvee Riche
Chandon Tasmanian Cuvee
Chandon ZD Brut
Clover Hill
Freycinet Radenti 1998
Jansz Vintage Cuvee
Petaluma Croser
Seppelt Show Reserve
Stefano Lubiana Vintage Brut


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