We got some of our 2005s in during the week, so we cracked open a few bottles to see what they were like:
Chateau Beaumont 2005, Haut Medoc - decent effort, not bad. but you would have to wonder could you not do better at €25?
Chateau Haut Bages Liberal, Pauillac - this is more like it - classic Bordeaux, but very open. Drinking really nicely, what is the point of keeping it for years, just drink it! €40
Chateau Mangot, Saint emilion Grand Cru - very nice, well structured, lots of fruit but lots of tannin, better value at €25
Chateau Faugeres, Saint Emilion Grand Cru - this was the stand out wine of the tasting, accessible now because the tannins are so ripe and there is lovely fruit, but it has the stuffing to last quite a while if that is your thing. Excellent stuff and possibly too cheap at €40.
Off to Burgundy next week.....