Bordeaux 2005

Decanter's top team of tasters is back in operation for this year's much-hyped barrel tastings. Is 2005 the greatest vintage for half a century? Find out here.We will also bring you up-to-the-minute news and views from the tasting tables. Adam Lechmere will also post regular updates on the event.Our team of expert tasters: Steven Spurrier, Michel Bettane, James Lawther and David Peppercorn

Click on the regions below to view the latest tasting notes from the Bordeaux 2005 barrel tastings. Regions are linked as soon as the notes and ratings are posted.

Tasting notes & ratings (by region)

Médoc & Graves

  • Graves
  • Margaux
  • Médoc & Haut-Médoc
  • Listrac-Moulis-Médoc
  • Pauillac
  • Pessac-Léognan
  • Saint-Estèphe
  • Saint-Julien
  • St.Emilion/Pomerol
  • Fronsac & Canon-Fronsac
  • Lalande-de-Pomerol
  • Pomerol
  • Cotes de Castillon & Cotes de Francs
  • St-Emilion Grand Cru
  • Bordeaux whites
  • Pessac-Léognan & Graves and other dry whites
  • Sauternes & Barsac
  • First Growths
  • First Growths
  • Cru Bourgeois
  • Cru Bourgeois
  • Vintage Assessment
  • by Steven Spurrier
  • About En Primeur
  • All about en primeur

  • How does your cellar grow?
    includes contact details for all major merchants


  • Harvest reports
  • 2005 Harvest Reports
  • Previous En Primeur reports

  • Bordeaux 2004

  • Bordeaux 2003
  • News

    Bordeaux 2005: bargains and vast mark-ups?

    Thursday 6th April 2006

    Prices for top Bordeaux 2005 are set to go through the roof, though most proprietors and chateaux directors refuse to be drawn on the subject of price. Full story..

    Bordeaux 2005: stats are all that's left

    Thursday 6th April 2006

    It's a numbers game in Bordeaux this week – the producers have run out of superlatives and are turning to statistics to get their point across. Full story..

    En Primeur pink and pronounced 'perfect'

    Chateau d'Yquem was decked out in shimmering pink for the start of one of the most hotly anticipated En Primeur campaigns for years, or decades – or centuries, if the excited buzz is anything to go by. Full story..

    Bordeaux 2005 likely to 'zoom up'

    Prices of the 2005 Bordeaux vintage are likely to be stratospheric – in some cases 300% up on last year – experts reckon. Full story..

    Bordeaux blue chip boom: artificially inflated?

    As prices of blue-chip Bordeaux continue to rise on the back of fevered trade activity, commentators have accused merchants of artificially inflating the market. Full story..