We've got about 20 new, fabulous examples of the brilliant 2005 Bordeaux Vintage in the store right now! Prices range from an unbelievable $22.95 for a stellar, traditionally-styled Chateau Curton la Perriere Cuvee no. 5---which is fabulous now but still has years left in it; all the way to a mightyWine Spectator 92-pointer Chateau Pontet St Emilion at $75.58. Among the delights between those bookends: Chateau Fombrauge St Emilion Grand Cru; Chateau Bouscaut (a Graves Grand Cru); the brilliant Medoc C.B.E. Chateau Potensac; and a very few bottles of the stunning Chateau D'Aiguilhe---another WS 92-pointer!
Robert Parker has called 2005 the finext Bordeax vintage he's ever been around professionally for, and for once, I agree with him! The best news of all, though, is the wonderful quality of even the modestly-priced chateaux---everybody was making great wine this time, and those of us who have neither the thousands to pay for the first growths (or, indeed, the time to wait for them to mature) can play kid-in-a-candy-store without sopending the earth. The best year ever is also the best value ever as well? You read it here first!