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Saint-Emilion and Pomerol 2005


A very good year, but by initial accounts, not as impressive as the Left Bank.

Weather Conditions

Flowering started on 23 May and continued with excellent summer weather conditions. With only 400mm of rain overall, the year was fairly dry. The harvest started about two weeks early this year at places like Petrus and Trotranoy and the quality is ‘impeccable’ according to proprietor Christian Moueix. They are the first Right Bank properties to start bringing the grapes in, as Moueix worried that the rain forecast for the harvest weeks would affect the crop.
‘I have seen nothing like this in many years,’ said Moueix.
For his part, Gerard Perse is reported to be very pleased with the quality of the grapes at his St-Emilion properties including Pavie, Pavie-Decesse and Monbousquet.
On September 9 and 10, heavy rain fell, drizzling on 12 September and tapered out. Then the sun shone from 15 to the end of the month. Many producers started picking after the rains and quality is reportedly not as impressive as the Left Bank.

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