The growing season was extremely dry. This excellent weather, especially in June, led to particularly successful, homogeneous flowering, but not to the extent of presaging an excessively large crop. The heat in early summer lessened in August, avoiding too much water stress and maintaining fresh acidity. The 2005 harvest of Y began very early, on the 31st of August and continued on the 8th, 9th, 20th, and 30th of September.
-The history of Château d’Yquem is like a novel, an epic saga full of events and colourful personalities spanning more than four centuries. “Tasted at the château, the 2005 Chateau d’Yquem delivers a similar performance as last year. Lucid in colour, the bouquet is detailed with very pure honey, vanilla and almond scents, still a little new oak to be fully assimilated but demonstrating superb focus. The palate is virtually identical to last year's bottle: exquisite balance and perfectly judged acidity, but perhaps just gaining a little richness and viscosity over the last 12 months. There is an appealing completeness to this Yquem and whilst I would not place it amongst the likes of 2001 or 2009, it comfortably sits just behind.”
-Wine Advocate Neal Martin June 2015