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Chateau de Gaube 1966 50yo 44% for Darroze

Nose: Sweet vanilla frosting and maple glazed pears; a bit floral and mineral too. And peaches! Remarkably fresh for 50 years, but don’t hear me saying “this smells like a ten year old wtf” — no this is soft and elegant, with layers of beautifully integrated oak.

Palate: I was surprised at the bold booze and bourbony oak when it hit the palate. Lots of candied oranges and oak, peach leather, a plug of brewers licorice, a glug of Sauternes. Sometimes these old yaks start to get thinned out but this one maintains a really nice medium+ mouthfeel and a really smooth sweetness. Finish, flat 7-up; orange zest with some pith; sweet and medium in length.

Rating: 6 / 10 – Flawless, if a tad unexciting. Certainly could remain in barrel a long time more. I don’t get much in the way of rancioted nuts or raisins or Madeira qualities that I expected. Darroze in his interview mentions that despite similarities of oak and oxidation, every Gaube expresses a different style, which makes me want to try more from this domaine. This one isn’t exactly in my wheelhouse but I wouldn’t be surprised if others try it and find it an instant favorite. 🤷‍♀️