1999 Château Gazin, AC Pomerol
So yes, this is still a wine blog. I wrote earlier this month, about drinking the most expensive bottle of wine I've ever purchased and feeling horrible about it. I think I'm just about finished with Bordeaux, and LCBO's ridiculous pricing schedule for its Classics Catalogues.
Gazin has somewhat of a cult following. At least it's not outrageously priced, but being a Pomerol, this is hardly a wine for casual drinking. A large portion of cabernet in this wine. This millésime has about 85% merlot, with the rest being a mix of cabernet sauvignon and franc. And you can definitely see the cabernet in the wine.
I opened this wine on January 1, 2010. I originally planned on opening this on New Year's Eve, but I didn't want to celebrate 2009 any more than I had to. So, switched over to the 1st - wanted to start off the year properly. Of course, Bordeaux deserves a little pomp and ceremony. I double-decanted the wine. First, as the above photo shows, the wine was decanted into a wide bottom decanter for about 4 hours. Wash the bottle out, decant back into its own bottle for dinner. Fine sediments in the wine, that just wouldn't go away.
Just an impressive colour, amazingly youthful looking for a 10 year old wine. Deep purple, inky almost, with nearly full saturation. The nose is just booming. I had thought it was corked - just the oak showing some awkwardness when I first opened. Everything comes together with decanting. Dark fruits, with some coffee and oak. Very creamy. It's the oak that's forms a huge portion of this wine's bouquet. It's substantial, but at least it's well-integrated. Some smokiness, and that graphite minerality you expect in Bordeaux.
The palate is interesting. Elegant, but with an almost heavy weight that reminds you of some New World textures. Dark berries still show, as does a lot of creamy oak. The finish booms with fresh red fruit. Still a fine structure, with enough intensity that indicates a capacity for more aging.
It's a complete wine, no doubt. Everything well-integrated. The nose shows a lot riper than I expected, with a generosity that I didn't expect out of claret. But then again, maybe I shouldn't be surprised, with the direction that Bordeaux is going. A delicious wine, clearly. But is this worth $119? Absolutely not, any way you want to look at it. This bottle is a big reason why I'm reconsidering if I should participate in Bordeaux En Primeur anymore. More on this, later.DF