Sunday, July 5, 2009

2005 Côtes de Castillon

2005 La Gasparde

2005 Château La Gasparde, AC Côtes de Castillon

Getting serious. Opening a Bordeaux is always serious business.

I've been very enthused about this wine since my first taste of it, more than a year ago. So, after about 18 months of cellaring, I was anxious to see how it was showing. From the blockbuster vintage 2005, this showed very impressively in March 2008, when I last tasted. Concentrated, intense, powerful - all the attributes of a great wine. Here we go again.

Dark, deep purple in the glass, with excellent saturation to the rim. Intense fruit aromas, with lots of crushed red berries. Develops a meaty, iron character. The cabernet franc at work? This blend is about 85% merlot, 12% cabernet franc, 3% cabernet sauvignon. Crushy fruit, but with excellent balance and freshness. Extremely sweet, ripe tannins in the mouth. Silky, and very layered. Long finish.

An absolutely delicious wine. Wooly tannins, but with great density. I'm looking forward to seeing these wines age. Please take a look at my next video, which features my impressions on the 2005 vintage in Bordeaux, and on this wine.

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