Young and full-bodied with a dense plum/garnet color, the 2003 Gazin offers up sweet aromas of cedarwood, red and black fruits, and mocha. A strong Pomerol for the vintage, it is still exuberant and fresh although the finish becomes increasingly dry as well as astringent. Drink it up.
For reasons that escape me, Gazin is never easy to evaluate young, and I often upgrade my opinion after the wine has had several years in the bottle. Performing much better from bottle than it did from cask, the 2003 Gazin is lavishly oaked, but also reveals plenty of black cherry and currant notes, sweet, surprisingly full-bodied, powerful flavors, and moderate tannin. For a 2003 Pomerol, it is an atypically big, back-strapping, muscular effort that will benefit from 2-3 years of bottle age. An undeniable success for the vintage, it should drink well for 14-15 years. Drink: Now-2021
A 2003 Pomerol that merits careful monitoring given its elevated level of astringent tannin, the deep ruby/purple-colored Gazin offers sweet aromas of mulberries, mocha, and toasty pain grille. This medium-bodied, firmly structured wine appears to possess an excess of tannin for the amount of concentration. Drink: Now-2014.
If one were to choose one château in all of Bordeaux to live in, this might well be the one. Beautifully serene with soft hues and stone walls, it is inviting and warm. Unfortunately, we were only invited to taste, so our residential fantasies soon had to fade into the morning mist.
The small sub-region of Pomerol is situated north-east of the industrious city of Libourne. Pomerol's soils are predominately iron-rich clay with a smattering of gravel that produce wines with extraordinary power and depth. As a result of this clay-dominance, it has the highest percentage of Merlot planted in all of Bordeaux. Certain châteaux are produced exclusively from this grape, but most incorporate smaller quantities of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc as well. Despite its hefty (if not exclusive) proportion of Merlot, many people think of wines from this region as separate entities. As one wine aficionado stated recently, "It's not Merlot. It's Pomerol." Despite the region's small size, Pomerol contains some of the world's most sought after (and expensive) wines including Pétrus, Le Pin, Lafleur, l'Evangile and Vieux Château Certan. Unlike other Bordelais subregions, there is no system of classification. The châteaux are traded on reputation alone.