Chateau Gaby was founded in 1750 and remained in the same family for 250 years. From there, it passed on to different ownerships until being acquired by Tom Sullivan, proprietor of several other chateaux on Bordeaux's Right Bank, in Fronsac near the village of Saint-Emilion.
Merlot is the most revered grape in the area and covers 85% of Gaby's vineyard, with Cabernet Franc completing the equation at 15%. The chateau's 40 acres of grapes produce very sturdy, age-worthy wines from their 40-year-old vines. They spend 12 to 18 months in oak, 55% of which is new. This treatment gives the wine its depth.
Gaby has been highly reviewed by all the major wine publications, including Decanter, England's most revered. Saint-Emilion and Pomerol are the two major appellations on the Right Bank. Their heralded positions minimize the spectacular chateaux around them like Gaby, even though they are literally steps away from each other.
We are the beneficiaries of this sophistry. There is no doubt that if Gaby were within the hallowed bounds of Saint-Emilion, it would command at least twice the price, even though it could stand on its own against any of them.
This is classic Right Bank Bordeaux, with a bold beginning which softens up just enough in the middle to allow you to catch your breath. The ripe, elegant flavors focus on black cherry and currants with flecks of earth and smoke.