2005 was a great vintage in Bordeaux. Many believe it is the best vintage since 1982, others look back to 1961, while a few believe it is the best year ever. Not surprisingly the 2005 vintage
has led to record-high wine prices. For all but the wealthiest global collectors and investors, the classified growth Bordeaux have become simply too expensive. But there is still some tremendous quality at affordable prices if you know where to look. We believe some of best values in Bordeaux from the 2005 vintage can be found among the wines classified as Cru
Bourgeois. In our Report #11 2005 Crus Bourgeois, the i-WineReview identifies some 50 top rated wines ( from more than 200 tasted) that merit the special attention of consumers. They are terrific wines, all rated 90 points and above and are offered at affordable prices.
There were outstanding wines from virtually every commune of the Médoc in 2005: Chateau Chasse-Spleen (91) and ChateauPoujeaux (91) from Moulis; Chateau Beaumont (93) and Chateau Cambon la Pelouse (92) from Ludon-Médoc ; Chateau Clarke (92) and Chateau Fonreaud (92) from Listrac; Chateau Crock (91) from Saint Estephe; and Chateau Labegorce (94) and Chateau Angludet (92) from Margaux, to mention but a few.
These and the other wines on our list of the top 50 Cru Bourgeois are not just wines to drink while you wait for your classified growths to mature; these are wines that merit cellaring in their own right, and will reward potential buyers for years to come. Tasting notes for all the wines we tasted are provided in the Tasting Notes and Rating Section of the report now available on www.i-winereview.com
Mike Potashnik, PhD