Wine Advocate | Rating: 93I actually prefer the aromas of the 1989 Chateau Gilette Creme de Tete to those of the 1990. The nose is initially taciturn but then it unfurls with engaging scents of aniseed, beeswax, smoke and lychee. The palate has a spicy entry, almost Alsace-like in style, with light honeyed notes, curry powder and cumin. The finish feels dry, although in fact there would be around 110 grams per liter of sugar. This has great potential, although personally I would suggest it needs at least another 5 to 6 years in bottle. Drink 2019-2040. Tasted March 2014.Author: Neal Martin
Wine Spectator | Rating: 94Quite ripe and showy, this is turning to the drier edge now as it matures, with date, green tea, green almond, dried blood orange and green plum notes laced with marzipan and mango puree. The long, exotic finish sails on, offering waves of dried tropical fruit and lightly roasted nut notes. Distinctive and thoroughly gorgeous. Drink now through 2020. 400 cases made.Author: James Molesworth
Chateau Gilette utilizes the unique practice of extremely long-term storage before releasing their wines. The wine is actually stored in the same concrete tanks in which it is fermented for between fifteen and eighteen years before it is bottled. The wine is then stored for a further three to five years before it available for sale. The vineyard at Chateau Gilette is also very small, only 4.5 hectares, and it is planted with 85% Semillon, 10% Sauvignon and 5% Muscadelle.
Collector Data For This Wine
- 36 bottles owned
- 9 collectors