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Bordeaux Databank 2005

This Databank will be updated constantly as prices are released by the Châteaux. Check back often for updates.

bordeaux 2005

See Tom Cannavan's report from the en primeur tastings, with conclusions on the vintage and detailed tasting notes on 200 wines.

See our consolidated table of critics' choices, with the pick of the 2005s from Jancis Robinson, Robert Parker, Anthony Rose and James Suckling.

current prices for top wines and check back often as more are added as they are released by the Châteaux.


Albany Vintners is owned by Marcus Edwards, who has been tasting extensively in Bordeaux looking for quality and value. Trading exclusively in fine wines, they will be updating their 2005 offer daily through coming weeks with tasting notes, information and prices for wines offer in-bond, in London.
T: 0845 330 8858, E:

The Antique Wine Company has set up a dedicated page enabling clients to register thier interest in the 2005 en Primeur campaign and mark the wines they might be interested in. Pre-registered clients will receive Antique Wine's offer bulletins 24 hours in advance of the customer database.
T: 0207 359 1109, E:

armit was set up by John Armit in 1988, and now employs a staff of 30 to service its world-wide portfolio of private individuals, top restaurants and traders. armit prides itself on its well informed, helpful staff, and welcomes Bordeaux 2005 enquiries from wine novices as well as the serious enthusiast. T: 020 7908 0600, E:

Averys can trace its roots back to 1793, and Master of Wine, John Avery, is in charge. Today they are one of the UK's most respected merchants, and have a dedicated Bordeaux 2005 section on their easy-to-use web site with tasting notes, latest offers and a 2005 blog by M.D. Dan Snook.
T: 0845 128 3797, E:

Ballantynes Wine Merchant has been trading for over 25 years, supplying fine wines to trade and private customers, with a great selection of Bordeaux, Burgundy and world wines. You can download a full report on Bordeaux 2005 from their newly redesigned web site or subscribe for email updates.
T: 029 2022 2202, E:

H&H Bancroft's tasting team spent a week in Bordeaux tasting the 2005 vintage, and have put together a full review of the vintage as well as offering their favourite wines, both at the value and superstar level. You may also register for email alerts to receive latest releases and prices.
T: 020 72325440, E:

Berry Bros & Rudd have been trading from the same premises for 300 years, and offer a comprehensive and ultra-reliable en primeur service. For latest prices, sign-up for the BBR Newsletter. Berry's Jasper Morris M.W. presents his vintage report, and there are notes on hundreds of wines.
T: 01256 340123, E:

Bibendum is an established, top-flight fine wine merchant, and their comprehensive report and recommendations on Bordeaux 2005 is well worth a browse. Lots of top names, and very good value Crus Bourgeois are on offer, and the team's "Picks of the Vintage" favourite wines are highlighted.
T: 020 7449 4120, E:

BWI is a leading specialist in buying, selling, broking and investing in fine wine, as Bordeaux specialists who have been trading since 1998. BWI has built enviable contacts and relationships with chateaux and the negociants of Bordeaux, in order to provide you with a high quality service. Offering the right advice, the right sourcing, at the right time - delivered to you from our team of professionals . BWI now owns its very own Bordeaux Château, Château Carignan. T: 01732 779343, E:

The Cellaret was founded in 1995, and specialises in Bordeaux wines, which consitute over three quarters of their overall business. Based in the City of London, The Cellaret also buys fine wine and offers a variety of tailored Cellar Plans. They have launched a dedicated 2005 Bordeaux website.
T: 0845 226 0197, E:

Clarion Wines has a very simple aim: to supply the best wines at fair prices, to any buyer who wishes to avoid the large, impersonal corporate selling machines that increasingly dominate the wine market. Alongside their core range, they specialise in primeur offers, including Bordeaux 2005.
T: 020 8747 2069, E:

Corney & Barrow is a blue-chip name in fine wine, but included in their 2005 Bordeaux offering is their selection of "no brainer" wines, all modestly priced and chosen as everyday drinkers. There's also the crème de la crème of course, as C&B are exclusive importers of some of Bordeaux's biggest names.
T: 020 7265 2430, E:

Fine & Rare Wines is one of the UK's leading merchants and wine traders, with a massive portfolio of wines and always keen prices. Their en primeur offering is always one of the biggest, and you can sign-up for a free vintage assessment, and email updates of latest prices hot off the press.
T: 020 8960 1995, E:

Genesis Wines tasted over 400 cask samples during the first week of April and say they were "were struck by the consistent excellence of the 2005 wines." You can download Genesis Wines' Bordeaux offer, let them handle your 'wish list', and they have email alerts for breaking news on prices.
T: 020 7963 9060, E:

James Nicholson has offered en primeur for 24 years. Renowned for their comprehensive, well-priced portfolio, they offer extensive coverage of Bordeaux 2005 and large allocations of top châteaux. Tasting notes and recommendations on the website are well worth a look.
T:028 4483 0091, F:028 4483 0028, E:

Jeroboams' buying team are confident that 2005 is one of Bordeaux's best ever vintages, and a full report is available on their web site, where prices are being updated daily. You may also pre-register your interest in any wines. The Jeroboams group was founded in 1985, and now has 13 retail outlets.
T: 020 7235 3146,

Laithwaites can claim to be the UK's biggest independent wine merchant, but it may come as some surprise that they are also one of the UK's biggest players in fine wines. A track record of 40 years of continuous trading ensures great allocations of the most sought-after Chateaux.
T: 0870 444 8282, E:

Majestic needs little introduction. They have offered Bordeaux en primeur for many years, on a range of wines tasted by their team. The 2005 vintage will be their biggest ever campaign. Orders are taken online, and will be confirmed immediately with no need to wait for news of your allocation.
T: 0845 605 6767,

Nickolls & Perks have an extensive tasting report you can download from their trip to Bordeaux, with a list of wines they will stock and guide prices (updated regularly as prices firm up). Established in 1787, N&P is another merchant with a history of reliability. They also offer a wine cellarage service.
T: 01384 394518, E:

Private Cellar was founded by Andrew Gordon, ex-Sales Director for Corney & Barrow and Nicola Arcedeckne-Butler MW, and lists the world's most sought after wines, sourced from private cellars and Châteaux. They will be happy to talk you through the 2005s, as part of their very personal service.
T: 01353 72 19 99, E:

Seckford Wines is one of the UK's biggest stock-holders of fine wine, with a 25 year track record of en-primeurs. Following comprehensive tastings in Bordeaux, James Maitland welcomes questions and wish lists for the 2005s. You may opt-in to the Seckford mailing list for latest news and prices.
T: 01394 44 66 10, E:

Tanners was founded in 1842 and is still in family hands, offering a personal service through its shops, mail order and the web. Bordeaux 2005 stocks are constantly updated and downloadable detailed tasting notes are available on the wines from this superb vintage which they are offering en primeur.
T: 01743 234455, E:

Wherever you invest your hard-earned cash, make sure you do so wisely. As a minimum you should pay by credit card, which carries some protection from the issuing company, and make sure the wines will be identified with your name or transaction number, not held in the merchant's name. Make sure you are happy to deal with the company, and are satisfied with thier trading record and are open and upfront about their business. Compare prices too - not all companies will charge the same. For an explanation of 'en primeur', click here