Château-Gazin Pomerol 2009

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Planted to 90% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Cabernet Franc, Château Gazin's vines have an average age of 40+ years. The estate is ideally situated behind the illustrious Château Petrus, and also has a second label Pomerol, l'Hospitalet de Gazin, which utilizes younger vines and maintains the integrity of the first label here. The grapes are picked at optimal ripeness and the wine is aged in casks (60% new) for about eighteen months, during which it gains in clarity and finesse, and is racked every three months and fined with egg whites.

The Château Gazin vineyards were actually once part of the famous Knights of Saint-John of Jerusalem property, giving the estate lots of history. Concerning the origin of the name Gazin, it has been said that it could have been derived from "casa", meaning house. This hypothesis, "casa" (house or inn - cf. the Monte Cassino monastery in Italy) supports the idea that Gazin could be the remains of the "Poumeyrols Hospital" built by the Knights in 1288.
Category Red Wine
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Appellation Pomerol
Brand Château-Gazin
  • wa96

Wine AdvocateFerocious extract, huge tannin, an opaque purple color, and enormous richness all make for a potentially brilliant wine from this vineyard, located on the plateau of Pomerol just adjacent to Petrus. Probably a late finisher of malolactic given its showing on three separate occasions, this wine, which is enormously endowed, very rich, and full-bodied, has a chance to be the best Gazin ever made. However, patience will be a virtue, as the wine will certainly need 5-8 years of cellaring. (Tasted three times.) Score range: 94-96.

Robert Parker, April 2010
  • ws95

Wine SpectatorBlackberry and light tar aromas follow through to a full body, with soft and velvety tannins and a fruity finish. Delicate in a rich way. Score range: 92-95.

James Suckling, 2010