The 2009 Chateau Gamage is a complex medium- to full-bodied wine, Wine Wisdom columnist Roger Gentile says.
Renowned wine expert Robert Parker called 2009 "the greatest Bordeaux vintage of all time." While that might be an arguable point, it is spectacular but has proven pricy as well.
When one of my salesmen presented me with the 2009 Chateau Gamage Selection Exceptionnelle Bordeaux Superieur "Gold" for less than $15 a bottle, my attention was heightened. You see, the 2009s have steadily risen in price since their release and subsequent acclaim, and finding one now under $20 is tough.
It is a blend of 15 percent cabernet sauvignon, 15 percent cabernet franc and 70 merlot, and is aged in wood for a year, then a bottle for a year. The red has a lovely nose of roses and black cherries, with flavors of red and black cherries, black currants, dark plums, vanilla and minerals, and it showed itself to be a supple, medium- to full-bodied red. We noted a bit of a tannic dryness on the tail, suggesting it needs more air, or time to age in the bottle.
The price is $15 a bottle and can be sourced from Heidelberg Distributing.
Roger Gentile is the owner of Gentile's, the Wine Sellers – www.gentiles.com – and the author of two books on wine.