This past month has been nuts with Christmas, New Year’s and all sorts of parties and celebrations. So busy in fact that Moxie had to postpone her annual ‘Fundoo’ party for the gals over at her store until the dust had settled and everyone could catch their breath from the hubbub of a crazy retail season. We do this event every year and it entails digging deep into the cellar and setting up a fondue party for 15. Always fun, this year was no exception- the only downer being I had to get up at 6 the next morning to catch a flight out.
Anyway, we kicked it off with a Magnum of Chateau Gloria from the famed 2000 vintage. A Crus Bourgeois, it ranks slightly lower than the “Growths”, yet consistently delivers value and quality. This bottle was stellar, opening with just the right amount of cassis, black cherry and tobacco that makes me love Bordeaux. The nose was pleasing, the mid-palate round and balanced. The tannins are smooth and evolved, perhaps peaking. This wine is drinking beautifully right now and will last another 3-5 years. Rated 90, I would give it 5 stars. A good performer from the region that doesn’t overcharge and under-deliver.