Sunday, September 18, 2011

1996 Médoc Cru Bourgeois

1996 Chateau La Gorce, Medoc

1996 Château La Gorce | AC Médoc Cru Bourgeois

As I was rummaging in my cellar for stuff to drink, I thought of this wine. Backstory to this bottle. Not something I thought of very highly, which is probably why I didn't hesitate to pull the cork. And that's how magic happens, when expectations are so low you wonder if pulling the cork is even worth the effort.

I had no idea what to expect, but wanted my cousin to taste some older wines. Cork drew out clean, and looked pristine with no seepage. Saturation holding on, with just a tinge of browning. The wine was just delicious, with graphite minerality, fully integrated oak, and a savoury character only mature claret possesses. Lovely. Elegant, finely structured, and just drinking beautifully.

Just when you think you know a wine . . . up your ass.


1 comment:

  1. This wine was very special indeed: it was the year of my father's death, he died in June 1996. I always think of it as his last wine, even if he wasn't there when it was made: it was he, despite his illness, who looked after the vine the whole year.
    Henri Fabre's daughter.