2005 Bordeaux: Here and Now

It all started innocently enough with a few bottles of 2005 Bordeaux during lockdown. Then a few more, and then some more after that. Before I knew it I had tasted through a good number of the reference points. The wines were absolutely thrilling, just as I remembered from my last large tasting of the 2005s, about five years ago. One of my close friends suggested a comprehensive look back at the vintage, so here it is.

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Vino Nobile & Carmignano: Italy’s Forgotten Noble Reds

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Tuscany Odds & Ends

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Finding Cool Sunshine: South Africa

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Abruzzo and Molise: More Than Meets the Eye

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Wiston Estate & The Trouble With Dreams

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Bordeaux 2018: Not Back in Black

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Interpreting Chenin Blanc

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Where the Wild Things Are: Welcome to Sardinia

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Mediterranean Spain: Where to Start?

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Remembering Steven Spurrier 1941-2021

Vinous Table

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Le Relais de Saulx, Beaune, France

Le Relais de Saulx served one of the best evening meals I had in Burgundy last year. I enjoyed its cozy and informal ambiance; it’s one of several recent additions to the Beaune restaurant scene that is refreshingly relaxed and unstuffy.


Ma Cuisine, Beaune, France

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Petersham Nurseries Café, UK

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Lorne – Meal Kit Dinner

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New Year Lockdown

Vinous Favorites

2019 Donnafugata Bianco Anthìlia ($16.00) 91

2019 Donnafugata Bianco Anthìlia, 91 points

This delicious Sicilian Cataratto pulls you in close with a scented bouquet of fresh apricot, yellow flowers and lime zest. It envelops the palate with silky textures, offset by citrus-tinged orchard fruits. Hints of kiwi and papaya linger long, elegantly fading away. (EG)


Cellar Favorites

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2018 Louis Jadot Beaune 1er Cru Célébration

A few years ago, I was fortunate to attend an evening tasting of ancient vintages from Louis Jadot reserves, a cornucopia of rare bottles stretching back to the 1860s.

1980 Domaine Hudelot-Nöellat Vosne-Romanée Les Petits-Monts 1er Cru

2014 Tenuta delle Terre Nere Etna Bianco Santo Spirito Cuvée delle Vigne Niche

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