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2016 Chateau Gazin
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- Cellar 10 - 15 years (2029-2034)
- ABV 14%
- Closure: Cork
Situated at the highest elevation in Pomerol, the single plot of vines at Chateau Gazin are planted on gravel and clay soils, including some on the famous blue clay shared with their illustrious neighbour Petrus. Current plantings are 90% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Cabernet Franc, while future plans include more plantings of Cabernet Franc in place of Merlot.
Quality has been on a steady rise since the renovation of their winemaking facilities in the 1990's, and the last decade in particular has produced some of the greatest wines in the estate's history.
Beautifully coloured with a pitch black core and a deep dark red black tinged rim. Superb nose with perfumed violet like scents intermingling with ripe red to black currants and subtle liquorice trailed by well integrated vanillin cedar, infusions of fresh herbs, light earth and spice. Elegant and tightly wound yet full of verve and blessed with gorgeous fresh red to dark fruits, nuances of vanillin cedar, subtle earth, infusions of fresh herbs, light tobacco, traces of black olive and spice sit beneath. Combines power and finesse exceptionally well with finely meshed tannins seamlessly integrated. Finishes with some chalky grip and shows great tension between all of the components. Seriously long aftertaste.
Cellar 10-15 years.
Medium 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. Drink 2022-2045.
Lisa Perrotti-Brown – Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate
This sophisticated Pomerol slowly creeps up on you, then suddenly you’re in the deep end. The complex and delicate, floral and mangosteen aromas are married to a great tannin structure and nothing about this wine is a jot exaggerated. Long, mineral and spice finish with a weightless quality. Drink or hold.
The 2016 Gazin has a pure bouquet of luscious blackberry, black truffle and light smoky aromas that gain vigor with aeration. There is an unerring sense of control here, as if keeping something back for later. The palate is medium-bodied with very fine tannin, a silky-smooth texture and beguiling, graphite-tinged black fruit toward the refined, persistent finish. Flecks of clove linger on the finish. Classic Gazin. Tasted twice with consistent notes. Drink 2020-2050.
Neal Martin – Vinous