Château-Gazin Pomerol 2016
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.
|Region||France, Bordeaux, Pomerol|
Wine AdvocateMedium to deep garnet-purple in color, the 2016 Gazin features a beautifully perfumed nose of violets, Ceylon tea, cigar box, sandalwood and fallen leaves over a core of plum preserves, kirsch and blackberry preserves plus a waft of aniseed. Medium-bodied and elegant, with compelling restraint, it has a seductively plush texture, finishing with bags of poise, perfume and persistence. 2022 - 2045
VinousThe 2016 Gazin has a ripe bouquet featuring copious red berry fruit, orange peel, hints of dark chocolate and a dab of iodine. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins, fresh and very lithe in the mouth, and silky-smooth, although it does not boast the greatest depth. This is a very well made wine that should not require extended cellaring but will give years of pleasure. It may be entering a dumb phase, though. Tasted blind at the annual Southwold tasting.
Wine SpectatorThis is fresh in feel despite some frankly ripe cherry compote and plum pâte de fruit notes, with light floral and tea nuances imparting lift. Silky overall, with some sneaky grip at the very end adding length. Offers lovely, seductive fruit. Drink now through 2029. 7,083 cases made.
Jeb DunnuckThe 2016 Château Gazin is outstanding, but it's firm, straight, and closed, and would certainly be better with more flesh and opulence. Vivid ruby/purple-colored, with notes of cassis and black raspberries as well as spring flowers, it hits the palate with medium-bodied richness, firm tannins, terrific purity, and a clean finish. The blend is 87% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 8% Cabernet Franc. It's going to benefit from 2-4 years of bottle age and keep for 15+.