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Chateau Jean Pierre Gaussen Longue Garde 2004, A.O.C. Bandol. **HERITAGE WINE**
very deep, red, nearly black, with just the beginning of some browning in the rim.
quite expressive, intense, with great mineral, ripe and juicy fruit,
balsamic nuances, cedar, spices, pepper, compact and deep, with
refinement, complexity, classy in style with great breed and
length, very impressive, excellent balance, still hidden
very strong, compact and powerful, with scintillating intensity, with
sweet spices, fruit, minerals, hefty tannins, impressions of tobacco,
cedar, smoke, asphalt, some alcohol and a touch of cacoa, but also an
impressively broad and sweet mid-palate leading to a complex, classy
expression of the terroir, excellent balance, very impressive wine.
very long, very intense, loaded with sweet fruit, spices, minerals,
multi layered, the spicy tannins are beautifully absorbed by the
intense fruit and minerals, lots of nuances, excellent balance and
Taste this wine and you will learn why Bandol has such a huge
reputation: this is a opaque, very intense, strong and powerful wine,
bursting with fruit, minerals, balsamic nuances, strong tannins and a
very convincing rich and very dense mid-palate, all in excellent
harmony combined with depth, complexity, class, breed and even
refinement, a truly great wine and a great expression of its terroir!
Great value for money too!
- Showing very well now, will improve until ca. 2010, may continue to perform well until
2015 or even later (difficult to assess, please taste regularly).
- This wine comes from
one of the most classical and reputed terroirs of France: Bandol. Here
the Mourvèdre grape is king. This black grape is renown for its huge
level of unforgiving tannins, it ripens late and needs to suffer a
whole hot summer in a good vineyard to yield a good wine. The grapes
that went into Ch. J.P. Gaussen Longue Garde obviously suffered a lot.
They were transformed in a very impressive hefty wine in which fruit is
the key element.
In contrast to another great producer (in terms
of style and quality) Ch. Pradeaux the "Gaussen" is very modern in
style, the "Pradeaux" is one of the most classical examples from Bandol
and even from France. Both are unique wines, the Pradeaux having the
edge of refinement and originality, the Gaussen excelling in richness
of mid palate and density of mineral fruit.
Fed up with the reputed,
expensive too often overpriced Bordeaux or Burgundy? Try this wine for
a change, you might not like the heftiness of the wine, but if you do
you will be hooked for life I am afraid.
are some good Bandols
around, all of them expensive, too often I find Bandols lacking
concentration in the middle palate, to many tannins "on the outside" or
periphery of the wine, especially the classical versions, some modern
wines are good, but most of them lack the greatness and the
and elegance of Ch. Pradeaux or the richness and complexity of
- lotnr.: L 604
- tasted: 06-05-’08
- estimated retail price ca.
- production: not indicated
- Chateau Jean Pierre
Gaussen, Mme Mireille Gaussen, 1585, Chemin de l’Argile, quartier
Noblesse 83740 La Cadière-d’Azur, tel.: +
33-494 98 75 54 , fax.: + 33-494 98 65 34, export agent: Maison Duret
Thierry Pommet, 960 Route du Faron, 83200 Toulon, tel.: + 33- 490 88 14 58 ; mobile: + 33-662603375 ; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org