2022 Château Gazin, Pomerol, Bordeaux

2022 Château Gazin, Pomerol, Bordeaux

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2022 Château Gazin, Pomerol, Bordeaux

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Description

This is usually a rather difficult wine to read En Primeur due to Nicolas de Bailliencourt’s preference for a more structured style of Pomerol. The château’s quality is undoubted; it adjoins Petrus, and nearly one-third of Petrus used to be in Gazin. The preferred style here is sinewy wines for the long term, but this year the wine shows considerable harmony and early-stage appeal. 

The hallmark structure is there but with evident finesse and fascinating sorrel and lemon thyme aromas. It will still need its usual full term to open up, and when it does, it will have a charming aspect alongside its more aristocratic rigour.

Merlot 93%; Cabernet Franc 4%; Cabernet Sauvignon 3%

Drink 2030 - 2050

Score: 16.5/20

Berry Bros. & Rudd (April 2023)

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Critics reviews

Jane Anson94/100

A serious Pomerol even in the lightest of vintages, so it really can relax into its natural character in 2022. Strict tannins, but that is often the case for this wine, relaxing into liqourice, cocoa bean, espresso, rosemary, underbrush, slightly drying on the finish, but this has a ton of impact, it has all the elements for ageing, an impressive wine.

Drink 2029 - 2042

Jane Anson, JaneAnson.com (May 2023)

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Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW92-94/100

Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2022 Gazin bursts with energetic note of wild blueberries, black raspberries, and plum preserves, leading to nuances of violets and star anise. The full-bodied palate has impressive harmony, with velvety tannins and just enough freshness to match the generous fruit, finishing long and fragrant.

Drink 2027 - 2047

Lisa Perrotti-Brown, The Wine Independent (May 2023)

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Wine Advocate92-94/100

Unwinding in the glass with aromas of dark berries, licorice, cherries and spices, the 2022 Gazin is medium to full-bodied, ample and fleshy, with excellent depth at the core, sweet tannins and a long, expansive finish. Despite the drought, the vineyards performed better in 2022 than in 2020 at this address, and the result is one of the better vintages for Gazin in recent years.

William Kelley, Wine Advocate (April 2023)

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Jancis Robinson MW16/20

Deep purplish crimson. Similar dried-herbs notes to La Croix de Gay. And much less sweetness on the palate than some of its peers. Perhaps it will blossom into something distinctively special but for the moment it looks a little ungenerous compared with other 2022 Pomerols. Rather tough tannins here in abundance.

Drink 2029 - 2043

Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com (May 2023)

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James Suckling95-96/100

A very juicy and nicely chewy young red with black berry, chocolate and cedar aromas and flavors. Medium-bodied with integrated tannins and a fresh and persistent finish.

James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com (April 2023)

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About this WINE

Château Gazin

Château Gazin

Château Gazin was reputedly built upon the ruins of the Hôpital de Pomeyrols which was originally established by the Knights of Malta in the 12th century. It has been owned by the Bailliencourts dit Courcol, one of France's oldest families, since the beginning of the last century.

Gazin is located in the eastern part of the Pomerol plateau, where the soils are rich in clay and limestone. Gazin's 26-hectare vineyard (large by Pomerol standards) adjoins the vineyards of L'Evangile and Petrus. The wine is a blend of Merlot (80%), Cabernet Franc (15%) and Cabernet Sauvignon (5%). The grapes are vinified traditionally and the wine is matured in oak barriques (50% new) for 15-18 months.

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Pomerol

Pomerol

Pomerol is the smallest of Bordeaux's major appellations, with about 150 producers and approximately 740 hectares of vineyards. It is home to many bijou domaines, many of which produce little more than 1,000 cases per annum.

Both the topography and architecture of the region is unremarkable, but the style of the wines is most individual. The finest vineyards are planted on a seam of rich clay which extends across the gently-elevated plateau of Pomerol, which runs from the north-eastern boundary of St Emilion. On the sides of the plateau, the soil becomes sandier and the wines lighter.

For a long time Pomerol was regarded as the poor relation of St Emilion, but the efforts of Jean-Pierre Moueix in the mid-20th century brought the wine to the attention of more export markets, where its fleshy, intense and muscular style found a willing audience, in turn leading to surge in prices led by the demand for such limited quantities.

There is one satellite region to the immediate north, Lalande-de-Pomerol whose wines are stylistically very similar, if sometimes lacking the finesse of its neighbour. There has never been a classification of Pomerol wines.

Recommended Châteaux : Ch. Pétrus, Vieux Ch. Certan, Le Pin, Ch. L’Eglise-Clinet, Ch. La Conseillante, Ch. L’Evangile, Ch. Lafleur, Trotanoy, Ch. Nenin, Ch. Beauregard, Ch. Feytit-Clinet, Le Gay.

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Merlot

Merlot

The most widely planted grape in Bordeaux and a grape that has been on a relentless expansion drive throughout the world in the last decade. Merlot is adaptable to most soils and is relatively simple to cultivate. It is a vigorous naturally high yielding grape that requires savage pruning - over-cropped Merlot-based wines are dilute and bland. It is also vital to pick at optimum ripeness as Merlot can quickly lose its varietal characteristics if harvested overripe.

In St.Emilion and Pomerol it withstands the moist clay rich soils far better than Cabernet grapes, and at it best produces opulently rich, plummy clarets with succulent fruitcake-like nuances. Le Pin, Pétrus and Clinet are examples of hedonistically rich Merlot wines at their very best. It also plays a key supporting role in filling out the middle palate of the Cabernet-dominated wines of the Médoc and Graves.

Merlot is now grown in virtually all wine growing countries and is particularly successful in California, Chile and Northern Italy.

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