Sunday, February 1, 2009

2005 Medoc


2005 Chateau La Gorce, AC Medoc Cru Bourgeois.

If you remember from a while back, I drank the 1996 La Gorce. Not impressed. Well, in hindsight, I shouldn't have been expecting too much given the price. Overoaked, without the density to hold it up.

This 2005 is no different. Especially given such a ripe and powerful vintage, this wine disappoints. Very oaky nose, with overwhelming Brettanomyces, the yeast that gives a stinky, rustic aroma. I don't mind a touch of brettanomyces at all, but not when it covers up the fruit. And this is what's happening here. Otherwise, good structure, very dry finish. Maybe it just needs some time to come together, but clearly, the quality isn't there. I have one more bottle of 1996 left, not looking forward to it, to be honest. Maybe I'll forget about it for a few years and it'll turn into something transcendant.


  1. I've had 2005 La Gorce too. Totally agree with you. This is probably the worst 2005 bordeaux wine I've drunk so far at the price range of $15-25. And thanks for your comment on the 1996, sounds like it doesn't have much differences from the 2005 one.


  2. Thanks for the comments Joe.

    This shit is bloody awful isn't it? Disappointing, especially because I've tasted $15 Cotes de Castillon that's absolutely stunning. Kind of makes you question the crdibility of the Cru Bourgeois classification.