Parker's Top 100 2005 Bordeaux Wines

Posted by Cult Wines on 1 July 2015

Parker's Top 100 2005 Bordeaux Wines

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Parker’s highly anticipated 10 year Bordeaux retrospective was published yesterday in the latest edition of the wine advocate. Ever since Parker’s public comments admitting he may have under-scored the 2005’s investors, collectors, merchants and brokers have been eagerly awaiting Parker’s official re-scoring of the 2005 Bordeaux vintage, with many expecting significant increases across the board. Parker certainly didn’t disappoint, but as can often be the case with the pre-eminent critic, he did throw in a few surprises.

In his introductory notes, Parker maintained his belief that 2005 was ‘a vintage surrounded by excessive and unprecedented hype.’ And whilst the 2005 vintage ‘is eclipsed in quality and consistency by both the 2009 and 2010s’, he also admitted that this was ‘only by a relatively minor margin’.

Parker also noted that ‘the vintage does have fabulous peaks of quality in Pomerol, St.-Emilion, Graves and Margaux’ but that the wines from St-Julien, Pauillac and St.-Estèphe, whilst producing some outstanding wines, for Parker they ‘lack the “wow” factor’.

This preference towards the wines of the Right Bank and Graves over the Left Bank is noticeable in his scores, where the Medoc wines were those that missed out the most in comparison to those on the Right Bank.


Overall

  • Parker believes the vintage looks strong and impressive at age ten.
  • Believes in quality, the 2005 vintage is second to 09 and 10, but only by a relatively minor margin.
  • 12 wines awarded a perfect 100 point score (up from just 2 wines previously)
  • Vintage favours the wines of the Right bank, Graves and Margaux over the more northerly Medoc appellations

Winners

  • St. - Emilion the biggest winner from Parker’s latest re-scores, with 8 properties being awarded a perfect 100 point score.
  • 58 properties in total have scores over 93 points from Bordeaux’s Right Bank (Pomerol and St.-Emilion) which is more than double the 24 properties form the heavyweight appellations of Pauillac, Margaux, St Estpehe and St Julien.
  • Graves performed very well also, with wines across the board upgraded. Including a double 100 for Haut Brion and La Mission Haut Brion. The third vintage to do so (’89, ’05, ’09).
  • 5 wines received the magical 100 point score for the first time – Angelus, Troplong Mondot, Peby Faugeres, Bellevue Mondotte, Larcis-Ducasse
  • Given the small production of a number of the wines that received 100 points, it’s conceivable that prices for these ‘perfect-scored’ wines could increase very significantly in the short term.
  • Angelus has already traded on Liv-ex exchange at £3,800 per 12 (+52% on our initial offer price pre-scores)

Losers

  • Northern Medoc appellations, despite high hopes for improved scores, suffered the most from Parker’s retrospective.
  • Notable downgrades – LLC, Mouton, Cos, Lafite, Montrose, Lynch Bages, Duhart, Leoville Barton.
  • In a somewhat strange move, Mouton Rothschild, which Parker had only re-scored as recently as December 2014 @ 99+ points. Saw it’s scored reduced by 2 points to 97.


Unfortunately there were also some notable absentees from the Parker re-scores including Ducru Beaucaillou, Vieux Chateau Certan, Le Pin and Beausejour Duffau Lagarrose (BDL).

Despite producing one of the best scored wines on the left bank in Parker’s original 2005 tasting notes (97 pts) Bruno Borie had earlier this year declined to participate in the 2005 Bordeaux retrospective tasting laid on for journalists such as Jancis Robinson. Perhaps its absence from Parker’s tasting report has something to do with this? Vieux Chateau Certan, had a more academic problem, of not having a single bottle of the 2005 left at the property to be able to provide a sample bottle. Meanwhile, one would assume that due to the micro-production of both Le Pin and BDL, they too had similar issues of providing bottle samples for tasting.

 

Table summary of Parker Points by Appellation

Region

100

98-99

96-97

94-95

93

Total

St Emilion

8

5

6

17

4

40

Pomerol

2

2

7

5

2

18

Pessac Leognan

2

2

3

5

1

13

Pauillac

 

1

2

1

4

8

Margaux

 

2

2

2

1

7

St Julien

 

 

2

1

3

6

Sauternes/Barsac

 

 

4

 

 

4

St Estephe

 

 

1

1

1

3


Top 100 Bordeaux 2005 

Wine

Previous Score

New Score

Points Movement

Region

Cult Wines Initial Offer £/12

Angelus

98

100

2

St Emilion

2,500

Haut Brion

98

100

2

Pessac Leo

4,200

Ausone

100

100

0

St Emilion

5,350 (per 6)

Lafleur

95+

100

4.5

Pomerol

7,450

Troplong-Mondot

99

100

1

St Emilion

1,450

L'Eglise Clinet

100

100

0

Pomerol

4,200

Peby Faugeres

95+

100

4.5

St Emilion

850

Pavie

98+

100

1.5

St Emilion

2,300

Bellevue Mondotte

99

100

1

St Emilion

2,300

Cheval Blanc

96

100

4

St Emilion

4,250

La Mission Haut Brion

98+

100

1.5

Pessac Leo

2,900

Larcis-Ducasse

98

100

2

St Emilion

1,020

Pape Clement

98

99

1

Pessac Leo

1,100

La Mondotte

99

99

0

St Emilion

 

Trotanoy

95

98+

3.5

Pomerol

1,550

Clos Fourtet

98

98

0

St Emilion

1,050

Le Tertre Roteboeuf

98

n/a

n/a

St Emilion

 

Smith-Haut-Lafitte

95

98

3

Pessac Leo

 

Chateau Margaux

98+

98+

0

Margaux

5,100

Le Dome

96

98

2

St Emilion

 

Latour

96

98

2

Pauillac

 

Hosanna

95

98

3

Pomerol

 

Gracia

96

98+

2.5

St Emilion

 

Palmer

96

98

2

Margaux

1,750

Leoville-Las Cases

98

97+

-0.5

St Julien

1,800

Chateau d'Yquem

97

97

0

Sauternes

 

Chateau Valandraud

95

97

2

St Emilion

 

Pontet-Canet

96+

97+

1

Pauillac

950

Cos d'Estournel

98

97

-1

St Estephe

1,184

Climens

97

97

0

Barsac

 

Mouton-Rothschild

99+

97

-2.5

Pauillac

3,500

Magrez Fombrauge

95

97+

2.5

St Emilion

 

Ducru Beaucaillou

97

n/a

n/a

St Julien

1,450

Clos St Martin

98

97+

-0.5

St Emilion

 

 

 

Wine

Previous Score

New Score

Points Movement

Region

Cult Wines Initial Offer £/12

La Conseillante

96

97

1

Pomerol

1,440

Petrus

96+

97+

1

Pomerol

11,900 (per 6)

Haut Bailly

95

96+

1.5

Pessac Leo

730

La Fleur de Bouard Le Plus

(93-95)

96+

2.5

Pomerol

 

Pape Clement Blanc

95

96

1

Pessac Leo

 

D'Issan

95

96

1

Margaux

 

L'Evangile

95

96

1

Pomerol

1,600

Clos l'Eglise

96

96

0

Pomerol

 

Doisy Daene L'Extravagant

96

96

0

Barsac

 

Gazin

94

96+

2.5

Pomerol

680

Pavie-Macquin

98

96+

-1.5

St Emilion

 

Rieussec

96

96

0

Sauternes

 

Clinet

92

96

4

Pomerol

670

Branon

96

96+

0.5

Pessac Leo

 

Malescot-St-Exupery

97

96

-1

Margaux

810

La Gaffeliere

96

n/a

n/a

St Emilion

 

La Fleur Morange

96

n/a

n/a

St Emilion

 

Faugeres

91

95

4

St Emilion

 

Clos Dubreuil

92

95

3

St Emilion

 

Dom de Chevalier Blanc

92+

95

2.5

Pessac Leo

 

Vieux Chateau Certan

95

n/a

n/a

Pomerol

1,450

Certan de May

92

95+

3.5

Pomerol

 

Domaine de Chevalier

92

95

3

Pessac Leo

485

La Confession

95

n/a

n/a

St Emilion

 

Le Carre

(91-93+)

95

2.5

St Emilion

 

Haut Brion Blanc

95+

n/a

n/a

Pessac Leo

 

Pavie-Decesse

96+

95+

-1

St Emilion

 

Le Gay

95+

95+

0

Pomerol

 

Gomerie

95

n/a

n/a

St Emilion

 

Lafite-Rothschild

96+

95

-1.5

Pauillac

5,750

Malartic-Lagraviere

92

95

3

Pessac Leo

 

Brane-Cantenac

94

95

1

Margaux

 

Bon Pasteur

94

95

1

Pomerol

 

 

 

 

 

Wine

Previous Score

New Score

Points Movement

Region

Cult Wines Initial Offer £/12

Clos de Sarpe

95+

95

-0.5

St Emilion

 

Monbousquet

95

94

-1

St Emilion

630

La Lagune

95

94

-1

Haut Medoc

 

Fleur Cardinale

95

94

-1

St Emilion

 

Les Asteries

95

94+

-0.5

St Emilion

 

Montrose

96

94+

-1.5

St Estephe

925

De Fieuzal

90

94

4

Pessac Leo

 

Marojallia

95

94

-1

Margaux

 

Chapelle d'Ausone

94

94

0

St Emilion

 

Chateau Saint-Pierre

93

94

1

St Julien

 

Destieux

93

94

1

St Emilion

 

Canon la Gaffeliere

94

94

0

St Emilion

 

La Tour Figeac

91

94

3

St Emilion

 

Latour a Pomerol

90

94

4

Pomerol

 

Clos de l'Oratoire

93

94

1

St Emilion

 

Bellevue

94+

94

-0.5

St Emilion

 

Fonplegade

92

94

2

St Emilion

 

Bahans-Haut-Brion

89

93

4

Pessac Leo

 

Pichon-Longueville Baron

94

93

-1

Pauillac

925

Leoville-Poyferre

93

93

0

St Julien

635

Les Forts de Latour

92

93

1

Pauillac

1,500

Calon Segur

92+

93

0.5

St Estephe

630

Rauzan-Segla

94+

93+

-1

Margaux

 

Laforge

95

93

-2

St Emilion

 

La Providence

90

93+

3.5

Pomerol

 

Le Pin

93

n/a

n/a

Pomerol

9,950 (per 3)

La Dominique

90

93

3

St Emilion

 

Magdelaine

90

93+

3.5

St Emilion

 

Canon

90

93+

3.5

St Emilion

575

Branaire-Ducru

95

93

-2

St Julien

 

Clerc Milon

92

93

1

Pauillac

 

Duhart-Milon-Rothschild

94

93

-1

Pauillac

 

Beychevelle

90

93

3

St Julien

750

Lynch Bages

94+

92

-2

Pauillac

 

Leoville Barton

94

92

-2

Pauillac

 

 

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