Château-Gazin Pomerol 2009
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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.
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.
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.