Blaye, France. 13%
One of leaders of the new Appelation Blaye. In the hot 2003 vintage Chateau Monconseil-Gazin is a ultra dark wine that reeks of new oak. The palate is quite hard, with astringent acid (presumably a fair bit added) and plenty of tannin.
It’s heroic, New World heroic. In the Chateau Pavie style. There are some Australian shiraz wines made like this, they aren’t the best of Australian shiraz, but shiraz is more suited to this style with greater potential to age without turning prune like.
I hope this isn’t typical of the new appellation.
I had this wine at the chateau in December, and though I found it full of the 2003 character (e.g. slightly overripe with a slight green phenolic component) I do not think it was nearly as bad as you are making it out to be. That said, in the vertical we tasted from 2000 to 2005 this was certainly the weakest wine of the bunch.