I came to know, via an ex-colleague, the Gaby wines and the until quite recently Château owner, David Curl. David owned this and Château Moya in nearby Castillon - Côtes de Bordeaux - see the 2011 vintage
also available from Wines With Attitude®. I have since met the winemaker for both Châteaux, the amiable Damien Landouar, and have been lucky enough to visit Château Gaby with its renowned river view. Damian remains the wine maker under the new ownership, which is great news for both châteaux.
I had been more familiar with the 2002 vintage and was always impressed with its elegance. David persuaded me to try this 2004 vintage; it is similar but more fruit forward especially on the palate due to the abundant juicy grapes that the sunny weather that summer produced. A general rule is that the better red Bordeaux should be kept 10 years before drinking so as you can imagine this wine is drinking beautifully now.
Bright, garnet in colour. The aromas of this vintage are subtler than the 2002 but still 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. Like the 2002, this 2004 wine is balanced, with gentle, hardly noticeable tannins and a medium body. Very smooth.
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 an hour or so before serving - read our blog on decanting for more information. There may be a little sediment
"From an underrated region comes this classic blackcurrant Bordeaux blend. This wine is all about finesse, the tannins are subtle and the structure is elegant, pleasant cedar wood notes with some classic blackcurrant characters. This is a great value wine."