Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Chateau Gazin Graves, 1981

The best known Gazin is from Pomerol, and the current vintage sells for about $40/bottle. This Gazin is an obscure wine from Graves, and the price tag from 27 years ago reads $7.56. But considering the way it's drinking tonight, I would gladly put it up in a blind tasting against any $40 wine.

The color is a deep plummy red with good saturation and little if any amber. It has a vibrant bouquet of black currants, flowers, cherries and a hint of black tea. The flavors are beautifully focused with fine fruit definition. It's cool and collected with no rough edges and a ripe, exotic finish. On the second and third night, the black tea element becomes increasingly prominent, but the wine shows no deterioration.

Not all lesser Bordeaux wines age this well, but many do. While it may not have the finesse and class of a Gazin Pomerol, it is a very enjoyable wine.

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