2007 La Gatte Tradition, Bordeaux Rouge

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Looking for a delicious red Bordeaux that's impressive, drinking now and priced for parties! This red is classic Bordeaux: spicy, with good grip, fantastic fruit and supple tannin. Drinks well young but can age for over a decade. A benchmark Bordeaux Claret with beautiful flavors and an insanely fair price!

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Staff Image By: Jim Barr | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/2/2012 | Send Email
What do you mean you can’t afford a nice drinking, near-term Bordeaux? Well, it’s time to stop and smell the roses, or, in this case, the wine. The 2007 La Gatte is medium-deep ruby in color and provides distinctive aromas of blackberries to cherry-like fruit with hints of anise and mocha. In the mouth, this lovely Gem is soft and round, has good complexity, nice structure and depth, and finishes with a well-defined focus on the fruit. And, all of this at a ridiculously low price. Rusty has told me that this Gem will be one of our house reds for the month and that I need to bring a case home, soon (as in NOW!).

Staff Image By: Scott Beckerley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/13/2012 | Send Email
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This is a perfect value Bordeaux for those of you who are more accustomed to California cabernet sauvignon. It has soft tannins with deep red and black fruits. A touch of spice adds character and the price makes it inexpensive enough for everyday drinking or for a party. If you are looking to make the jump to Bordeaux, this is an excellent place to start and also a fine choice for those of you who already drink the wines of this region.
Top Value!

Staff Image By: Mari Keilman | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/30/2011 | Send Email
Looking for your ideal holiday party red? Well your search ends here. The '07 La Gatte has that perfect balance of spicy, ripe fruit, a firm grip and just that perfect hint of earth to give it that extra layer of complexity you rarely find in a bottle at this price!

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