It has been a while since I had my last Gauby, quite a while, but I still remember the yummy cherry flavour of his 2005 red. So I thought the 2004 might be just the wine to have with a duck breast with balsamico glazed baby carrots.
The first thing you notice is the deep, dark, glorious red colour. It is followed by a nose of cherry (hurrah!) and berries with a woodland-pepper-spiciness that finds a good addition in a hint of wild animal smell. The pleasant sensation continues in the mouth where the fruitiness of well rounded cherry-berries is nicely balanced by spicy herbs and a hint chocolate, all of which are presented in a cool, smooth way. The tannins are already well integrated.
The Gauby should be a real pleasure to drink, were it not for a finish that fills your mouth with too much vanilla. I am maybe too critical here, but the vanilla made the finish a little too smooth, too pleasant and too simple, giving up some of the character that this wine no doubt has otherwise. It is still pleasant and easy to drink and by all means a good wine, but at least for our taste a chance was lost here.