Monday, May 5, 2008

Parker's 2005 Scores

Well it was a shock to many when the 2005 Bordeaux scores came out. Here's a roll call starting with the top scoring selections:

Year Wine NameRating▼Maturity Price
Red Wine 2005 Click to see the Wine Advocate Review(s) of this wine Ausone 100 Young Click to see Current Retailer Offering(s) 2455+
Red Wine 2005 Click to see the Wine Advocate Review(s) of this wine L'Eglise Clinet 100 Young Click to see Current Retailer Offering(s) 449-528
Red Wine 2005 Click to see the Wine Advocate Review(s) of this wine Bellevue Mondotte 99 Young Click to see Current Retailer Offering(s) 266-614
Red Wine 2005 Click to see the Wine Advocate Review(s) of this wine La Mondotte 99 Young Click to see Current Retailer Offering(s) 369-624
Red Wine 2005 Click to see the Wine Advocate Review(s) of this wine Troplong-Mondot 99 Young Click to see Current Retailer Offering(s) 229-424
Red Wine 2005 Click to see the Wine Advocate Review(s) of this wine Le Tertre Roteboeuf 98 Young Click to see Current Retailer Offering(s) 220-311
Red Wine 2005 Click to see the Wine Advocate Review(s) of this wine Pape Clement 98 Young Click to see Current Retailer Offering(s) 199-325
Red Wine 2005 Click to see the Wine Advocate Review(s) of this wine Pavie 98 Young Click to see Current Retailer Offering(s) 395-553
Red Wine 2005 Click to see the Wine Advocate Review(s) of this wine Pavie-Macquin 98 Young Click to see Current Retailer Offering(s) 204-300
Red Wine 2005 Click to see the Wine Advocate Review(s) of this wine Chateau Margaux 98 Young Click to see Current Retailer Offering(s) 1590+
Red Wine 2005 Click to see the Wine Advocate Review(s) of this wine Cos d'Estournel 98 Young 218-275
Red Wine 2005 Click to see the Wine Advocate Review(s) of this wine Leoville-Las Cases 98 Young Click to see Current Retailer Offering(s) 360-575
Red Wine 2005 Click to see the Wine Advocate Review(s) of this wine Angelus 98 Young Click to see Current Retailer Offering(s) 246-500
Red Wine 2005 Click to see the Wine Advocate Review(s) of this wine Clos Fourtet 98 Early Click to see Current Retailer Offering(s) 80-144
Red Wine 2005 Click to see the Wine Advocate Review(s) of this wine Clos St Martin 98 Young 87-145
Red Wine 2005 Click to see the Wine Advocate Review(s) of this wine Larcis-Ducasse 98 Young Click to see Current Retailer Offering(s) 185-333
Red Wine 2005 Click to see the Wine Advocate Review(s) of this wine Haut Brion 98 Young Click to see Current Retailer Offering(s) 1080+
White Wine 2005 Click to see the Wine Advocate Review(s) of this wine Climens 97
Click to see Current Retailer Offering(s) 110-207
Red Wine 2005 Click to see the Wine Advocate Review(s) of this wine Malescot-St-Exupery 97 Young Click to see Current Retailer Offering(s) 132-190
Red Wine 2005 Click to see the Wine Advocate Review(s) of this wine Palmer 97 Young Click to see Current Retailer Offering(s) 290-550
Red Wine 2005 Click to see the Wine Advocate Review(s) of this wine La Mission Haut Brion 97 Young Click to see Current Retailer Offering(s) 898+
Red Wine 2005 Click to see the Wine Advocate Review(s) of this wine Ducru Beaucaillou 97 Young Click to see Current Retailer Offering(s) 172-325
Red Wine 2005 Click to see the Wine Advocate Review(s) of this wine La Gaffeliere 96 Young Click to see Current Retailer Offering(s) 66-164
Red Wine 2005 Click to see the Wine Advocate Review(s) of this wine La Fleur Morange 96 Young 120-135
Red Wine 2005 Click to see the Wine Advocate Review(s) of this wine Mouton-Rothschild 96 Young Click to see Current Retailer Offering(s) 700+
Red Wine 2005 Click to see the Wine Advocate Review(s) of this wine Pavie-Decesse 96 Young Click to see Current Retailer Offering(s) 324
White Wine 2005 Click to see the Wine Advocate Review(s) of this wine Pape Clement Blanc 96 Early Click to see Current Retailer Offering(s) 140-256
Red Wine 2005 Click to see the Wine Advocate Review(s) of this wine La Conseillante 96 Early Click to see Current Retailer Offering(s) 182-390
Red Wine 2005 Click to see the Wine Advocate Review(s) of this wine Le Dome 96 Young Click to see Current Retailer Offering(s) 234-249
White Wine 2005 Click to see the Wine Advocate Review(s) of this wine Doisy Daene L'Extravagant 96
Click to see Current Retailer Offering(s) 396-641
Red Wine 2005 Click to see the Wine Advocate Review(s) of this wine Petrus 96 Young Click to see Current Retailer Offering(s) 829+
Red Wine 2005 Click to see the Wine Advocate Review(s) of this wine Pontet-Canet 96 Young Click to see Current Retailer Offering(s) 119-190
White Wine 2005 Click to see the Wine Advocate Review(s) of this wine Rieussec 96
Click to see Current Retailer Offering(s) 34-126
Red Wine 2005 Click to see the Wine Advocate Review(s) of this wine Cheval Blanc 96 Young Click to see Current Retailer Offering(s) 998+
Red Wine 2005 Click to see the Wine Advocate Review(s) of this wine Clos l'Eglise 96 Early 135-175
Red Wine 2005 Click to see the Wine Advocate Review(s) of this wine Latour 96 Young Click to see Current Retailer Offering(s) 1600+
Red Wine 2005 Click to see the Wine Advocate Review(s) of this wine Lafite-Rothschild 96 Young Click to see Current Retailer Offering(s) 1099+
Red Wine 2005 Click to see the Wine Advocate Review(s) of this wine Gracia 96 Young Click to see Current Retailer Offering(s) 150-179
Red Wine 2005 Click to see the Wine Advocate Review(s) of this wine Branon 96 Young Click to see Current Retailer Offering(s) 73-124
Red Wine 2005 Click to see the Wine Advocate Review(s) of this wine Branaire-Ducru 95 Young Click to see Current Retailer Offering(s) 80-150
Red Wine 2005 Click to see the Wine Advocate Review(s) of this wine Chateau Valandraud 95 Young Click to see Current Retailer Offering(s) 275-514
Red Wine 2005 Click to see the Wine Advocate Review(s) of this wine Vieux Chateau Certan 95 Young Click to see Current Retailer Offering(s) 190-295
Red Wine 2005 Click to see the Wine Advocate Review(s) of this wine Les Asteries 95 Young Click to see Current Retailer Offering(s) 156
Red Wine 2005 Click to see the Wine Advocate Review(s) of this wine Grand-Puy-Lacoste 95 Young Click to see Current Retailer Offering(s) 71-146
Red Wine 2005 Click to see the Wine Advocate Review(s) of this wine Haut Bailly 95 Young Click to see Current Retailer Offering(s) 90-164
Red Wine 2005 Click to see the Wine Advocate Review(s) of this wine Lascombes 95 Early Click to see Current Retailer Offering(s) 70-152
Red Wine 2005 Click to see the Wine Advocate Review(s) of this wine Hosanna 95 Young Click to see Current Retailer Offering(s) 160-234
Red Wine 2005 Click to see the Wine Advocate Review(s) of this wine D'Issan 95 Young Click to see Current Retailer Offering(s) 52-75
White Wine 2005 Click to see the Wine Advocate Review(s) of this wine Haut Brion Blanc 95
Click to see Current Retailer Offering(s) 800+
Red Wine 2005 Click to see the Wine Advocate Review(s) of this wine Clos de Sarpe 95 Young Click to see Current Retailer Offering(s) 90-130

So many punters, including myself, were way off in predicting more 100 point wines. Parker himself admits that "most of the ratings that follow are on the conservative side, and I look forward to revisiting many of these 2005s in 5-10 years. I would not be surprised if they are even better then than the following laudatory comments suggest."

I am thinking many of those 98-100 point wines will be 100 point wines in due time. However many were disappointed still. Winners were of course Ausone and L'Eglise Clinet, the latter had a major run last week on the market. Calling in to several merchants there was clearly a lot of action, phones ringing off the hook to get this top tier. Prices jumped dramatically. Holders of wines like Latour and Le Pin were not happy to say the least, those wines faired poorly. 96 for Latour (not so bad) and 93 points for Le Pin (ouch, for a several thousand per bottle cost).

As Parker wraps up his notes he says the following:

"For the American market, the prices are especially exacerbated by the weak dollar and our sub-prime crisis. Nothing short of a worldwide economic collapse will bring prices for the 2005s down."

If you add the dismissal of the 2007 vintage as a whole, the eyes will remain on 2005, 2003, and 2000 for the next few years.

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