The Crème de la Crème - 2005 Bordeaux Blind Tasting Results

Last week we conducted an extensive “12 years on” blind tasting of the Bordeaux 2005 vintage, from petits châteaux to Petrus and everything in between. Joined by some of the world’s leading wine critics, we tasted our way through 180 of the greatest names in Bordeaux from this magnificent vintage.

The verdict? Well, it was just that. Magnificent.

A full account of the tasting, written by Farr Vintners’ chairman Stephen Browett, can be found here on our blog and no doubt there will be others in due course from the critics who joined us.

Today, we are very pleased to be able to offer you three of this blind tasting’s most outstanding performers: La Conseillante, Langoa Barton and Suduiraut. Even better news is that we have managed to secure ex-château parcels of each of these beautiful wines. The only snag is that we don’t have a huge amount to go round so it’s worth getting your order in early to avoid disappointment.

The first, a beautifully textured and seductive La Conseillante, took the top prize in the hotly-contested Pomerol flight. Its finesse and charm combines beautifully with a juicy plushness of fruit and fine-grained tannic structure to produce a truly mesmerising wine. The region performed exceptionally well as a whole but the best 2005 Pomerols, like La Conseillante, are undoubtedly great wines and clearly amongst the very best of the vintage. The ex-château parcel includes ‘05 La Conseillante in regular bottle format and in a range of large formats.

The second is Langoa Barton. In a cracking Saint Julien flight of classic Cabernet Sauvignon-based wines Langoa Barton stood out as one of the great bargains of the vintage. It came in 4th - only a fraction behind Ducru Beaucaillou – and it sells for less than a third of the price! For Stephen though, Langoa Barton was actually his highest-scoring wine of the entire flight, so he’ll be buying a case of this for himself.

The third and final wine we have to offer today steamrollered Château d’Yquem and beat 20 other sweet wines along the way to become the undisputed heavyweight champion of Sauternes in 2005. Its name? Château Suduiraut. In a vintage that is clearly excellent for Sauternes, the sheer power and complexity of Suduiraut shone through and left all who tasted it in awe. Like many of the top 2005 Sauternes it is delicious now but there is no doubt that it will keep for decades.

2005 is one of the truly great vintages in the last quarter of a century and, while it is a joy to chart this vintage’s progress 12 years on, it is painfully apparent that there are now far fewer cases around in the market.

This is a great opportunity to bolster your cellar with three of this stunning vintage’s top performers while they are still available.


Minimum Order – 1 case

All wines will be available for delivery early April 


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Bordeaux2005La Conseillante

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Tasted blind in a 12 wine flight of top 2005 Pomerols. This won the flight ahead of L'Eglise Clinet, VCC, Evangile and Lafleur. A sensational Pomerol that is now ready to drink. Smooth, creamy and incredibly seductive. This is simply gorgeous with layers of ripe Merlot fruit, a creamy texture and a velvetty mouthfeel. Long and lingering. Pomerol doesn't get much better than this.

19 points, Farr Vintners, Feb 2017

Displaying spectacular aromatics of mulberry, blueberry and raspberry fruit, a dense ruby/purple color, and sweet floral notes, in the mouth the 2005 La Conseillante is not as broad and powerful as Petrus, Trotanoy, Hosanna or Lafleur, but it is gorgeously silky, elegant and stylish. This medium-bodied, savory wine is a graceful, provocative and compelling Pomerol to drink now and over the next 25 years. Drink 2015-2040.

97 points, Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, 2015


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Bordeaux2005Langoa Barton

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Tasting blind in a flight of the top 12 wines of Saint Julien in February 2017. This was my wine of the flight. Overall it came 4th beating 8 more expensive wines (as it did at Southwold when first tasted from bottle). A deep, dense colour showing little fade. A soaring nose of powerful black fruits and some hints of spice and liquorice. The palate is classically Medocaine with cigar box, cassis and intense blackcurrant fruit. The tannins give it grip and structure, but they have now softened to make this approachable and a long life ahead is assured. Textbook claret. Wonderful wine. Stephen Browett.h

18 points, Farr Vintners, Feb 2017

Ripe red and black fruit. Classic, elegant, blackcurrant Cabernet. Full, expressive, rich plummy fruit. Finely grained tannins, lovely balance. Drink from 2011.5 Stars.

18.5 points, Decanter.com, 2008


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Bordeaux2005Suduiraut

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Tasted blind in February 2017 in a tasting of all the top Chateaux of Sauternes and Barsac in the 2005 vintage. This sensational Sauternes was voted the outright winner by a panel that included Neal Martin, Jancis Robinson, Steven Spurrier and Bill Blatch. A bright gold colour and a stunningly opulent nose of honey and ripe stone fruits. A huge wine on the palate with great viscosity and depth. Incredible intensitity and packed full of sweet, botrytised raisiny fruit with touches of vanilla, cinnamon and marzipan. Despite the richness there is good balancing acidity that never allows it to feel clumsy. Long lingering finish, today this tasted more like Yquem than Yquem. Superb Sauternes.

18.5 points, Farr Vintners, Feb 2017

Loads of pear and honey character follow through to a full-bodied palate, with lots of spicy character and a sweet, long finish. Very, very spicy on the finish. Better than 2003 but will it ultimately be better than 2001?

95-100 points, James Suckling, Wine Spectator, 2006