Château Gaby’s Princess Gaby 2017 is a Canon-Fronsac AOC produced from 80% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Cabernet Franc – sister wine, Château Gaby, also a Canon Fronsac but with a slightly different percentage of the same grapes. Princess Gaby is also organic and elegant but because the aspect and the soils in its vineyards are different (clay and sand compared to Gaby’s clay and limestone), the wine is lighter in style. Previously known as Chateau Les Roches Gaby, Princess Gaby is a very fruity Canon-Fronsac, its aromas demonstrating fruits such as damsons, plums, raspberries and blackcurrants. On the palate the fruit intensity is very high and the spices from the oak ageing subtler. The wine is aged in used oak barrels so the oak effects are not too strong. The wine is really mouth-filling, easy to drink and smooth.
Several years ago I came to know, via a then colleague, the Gaby wines and the previous Château owner, David Curl. David owned this and Château Moya in nearby Castillon – Côtes de Bordeaux
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. I was lucky enough to visit Château Gaby with its renowned river view and to meet the winemaker for both Châteaux, the amiable Damien Landouar. Since that visit Gaby and Moya have seen investment from new owner, Tom Sullivan whom I met in 2019 and will see further investment due to a fire at the chateau in 2022 which thankfully missed the winery. Damian remains the wine maker which is great news for both châteaux and for the other châteaux in the Vignoble Sullivan group. Both chateaux are now fully organic, certified from 2018, and have been using organic practices for many years before that.
In Bordeaux you can find value in a chateau’s second & third wines. Gaby leaves its grapes long on the vine in order to develop “the aromas specific to their variety” and because they produce high quality grapes they are able to produce Princess Gaby as their third wine, Château Gaby being their second.
How to enjoy this wine
Recommended with steak, beef casseroles, lamb, chicken, turkey and smooth enough to have with pork dishes also. Also good with cheese, tomato-based dishes, mushrooms, roast vegetables etc.
It is worth decanting and letting this wine breathe for 30 minutes before serving – read my blog on decanting for more information. There may be a little sediment. Serve at: 15 – 17oC
“The Château Gaby vineyard produces such great quality grapes that we can create three tiers of excellent wine. Princess Gaby, our third wine, is a blend of 80% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon.
Well-balanced with elegant flavours and fine tannins, the wine tastes of transformation. Strong on the nose with red fruits and liquorice notes, Princess Gaby softens on the palate with a long finish and traces of vanilla. To add complexity, Princess Gaby is aged in barrels used to make the award-winning Château Gaby.”