Last day of work before Christmas. Some last time shopping before going home.
What to eat this evening... - some nice fillets of veal, oven roasted root vegetables and a light Madeira sauce lands on the plate. I rummage through my small cellar (since I now have my bottles in a rented cellar) and found this bottle. Lets pull the cork!
1990 Château Gressier-Grand-Poujeaux
From the get go, this mature Bordeaux displays a nice, round nose with notes of fresh stables, dried red currants, autumn leaves, iron and green peppers. A very fine maturity. It gets a shade darker with air, and a tad sweeter. A very fine maturity.
The taste is mature, dry and sandy with notes of dry leather, red currants, herbs and dry tobacco. Medium bodied and very nice. A fine earthy note. Very, very good. Fully mature. These were the days that even in a warm vintage the wines landed on 12%, which now, 26 years later, I am rewarded with a balanced, easy drinking wine with character and fine Bordeaux attributes.
According to David Peppercorn the cepage in 1990 should have been 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc. In 2003 Chasse-Spleen bought the property and reunited these properties which was a unit before 1822.
88p (tasted 2016/12)