1998 Château La Fleur de Gay (France, Bordeaux, Libournais, Pomerol)

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Bordeaux, France, Libournais, Merlot, Pomerol, Red Wine

Served this with Christmas Eve dinner. Prototypically German Christmas food of roasted goose, red cabbage, potato dumplings (Kloesse) and goose gravy. This wine has been burning a hole in the floor of my cellar for some time, and I’m glad I finally opened one. It is beginning to show mature flavors and aromas. A wine that is very animale on the nose in a good way, and its fine, elegant cherry and berry fruit is just lovely. Great freshness, silky texture, and some chocolate, earth, and tobacco. Again, I liked how the acidity in the wine balanced the fattiness of the goose. Bordeaux doesn’t get much better than this for me, especially in this price range.

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