This classy ‘Cru Bourgeois’ is a perennial award winner. The 2008 won a gold medal at Le Concours de Bordeaux. It was made from premium fruit on the property’s oldest vines, whose small yields lead to concentrated flavors in the glass. Barrel-aged for 18 months, the wine was bottled unfiltered (adding further complexity). Bordeaux’s 2008s are drinking beautifully now, and offer great value following the record-setting prices of 2009 and 2010.
Founded in 1821, Château La Gorce is a grand estate in Bordeaux's Médoc, just north of sought-after Saint-Estèphe and next door to the famous châteaux of Loudenne and Cardorne. The Médoc is regarded as “the most famous red wine district in Bordeaux, and possibly the world” by Jancis Robinson MW, and its reds tend to be Cabernet-dominated (whereas the Right Bank highlights Merlot). No exception here — the wine concentrates on Cabernet, which is rounded out with Merlot and a splash of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot.
This fine Bordeaux has classic Left Bank aromas of cassis, black fruit and cigar box. On the palate it is concentrated and smooth, with black currant and plum flavors, framed by toasty oak. It's delicious with a wide range of foods — including both hearty white and red meat dishes. On the off-chance you still have a glass or two left after dinner, it’s also the perfect accompaniment for firm cheeses. Lovely now, it will cellar well for the next 5-6 years.