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The Gazin ’05 seems to be coming into its own after a relatively abrasive youth and each time I return I have to increase my score. Tasted blind, this has an earthy nose, sloes, mulberry. Lacks a little definition but imbued with a sense of mineralité with those mulberries growing in intensity. Earthy entry, black pepper, fine tannins, a little angular but that should round out in time. Nice character and rusticity. Very fine. Drink 2012-2020. Rating: 91 Neal Martin, www.vinous.com (Jun 2009)
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Very little to write home about on the nose: just a faint whiff of blackberries and black tea. The palate is quite tannic, not has cohesive as other Pomerols with a plummy mid-palate with a touch of burnt toast. A bit rough on the finish. Rating: 18/25 Neal Martin, www.vinous.com(May 2006)
Bright ruby-red. Black raspberry, blackberry, mocha, coffee and sexy oak on the slightly liqueur-like nose; very Pomerol. Suave on entry, then dense and fresh in the middle but not overly sweet or overdone. Finishes with good breadth, building tannins and lingering torrefaction notes of chocolate and licorice Rating: 89-92 Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar(May 2006)
Rich and concentrated. Plenty of creamy red fruit with a firm tannic structure. Powerful and long. Potentially as good as the 1995. Drink 2014-2030. Rating: ****/17.5 www.decanter.com(May 2006)
It is said that Château Gazin occupies the site of an old Knights of St John hospital that tended to pilgrims on their journey to Santiago de Compostella - a legend that is reflected in the cross on the label and in the name of the second wine, l'Hospitalet de Gazin. During the 19th Century, Gazin was one of the most highly regarded estates in Pomerol. The Bailliencourt family came into the estate by marriage in the early years of the 20th Century but, sadly, their tenure has mostly been of a château in decline. However, the estate's inheritance by the dynamic Nicolas de Bailliencourt in the 1980's has completely turned Gazin around and, once again, it is one of the châteaux to watch. The machine harvesters, bought as recently as 1979, were disposed of, a new chais was built, the second wine was introduced to allow stricter selection for the grand vin, and the services of Pomerol guru Jean-Pierre Moueix were engaged. The wine is typically 90% Merlot and spends 18 months in barrique, of which 50% are new wood.
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