Ch Gazin Pomerol 2017
Ch Gazin’s release this morning at £350/6 marks the start of a busy week in Bordeaux. This is the only week in May free of bank holidays in France, and we are bracing ourselves for a glut of releases. Also out today are Chx Meyney, Cantemerle, Chasse Spleen, du Glana, Bellegrave, Croizet Bages, Tour de Mons, and Citran. Of these releases, Ch Gazin is clearly the most exciting.
In 2017 Pomerol was one of the most successful appellations and Gazin is one of Pomerol's star properties. It is superbly positioned next to Pétrus and Lafleur, with very similar terroir. In recent vintages it has made stunning wines and, compared with its illustrious neighbours, offers unbelievable value.
You will be able to drink this excellent 2017 (95% Merlot & 5% Cabernet Franc) while waiting for the 2015 & 2016 to hit their stride.
Please get in touch to secure a case of this classic Pomerol.
Ch Gazin is one of the larger estates of Pomerol at 24 hectares. It often flies under the radar during the campaign but consistently delivers the star qualities of Pomerol at a fair price. The 2017 displays juicy rich fruit on the nose. There is an appealing tension between lightly puckering tannins and fresh acidity. A little more time before bottling will help the wine broaden and find its balance.
The 2017 Gazin has a very classic Pomerol bouquet with black brambly fruit infused with black truffle and subtle raspberry confit notes. Then, as it opens, there are loamy aromas that lend more complexity. The palate is medium-bodied with fine grain tannin and a fine bead of acidity. There is a slightly powdery texture, feeling quite saline. White pepper and fennel notes become more conspicuous towards the finish. Just a classic Gazin from proprietor Nicolas de Bailliencourt and his team. 2022 - 2045
The 2017 Gazin is medium to deep garnet-purple colored and scented of warm red plums and black forest cake with touches of forest floor and crushed rocks. Medium-bodied, soft, rounded and mouth-filling, it gives good expression and depth.
Deep crimson. A little meaty on the nose, but with a definite graphite note and sweet black plum. Firm and dry but the fruit is there for a balanced whole. Persistent, too. (JH) Drink 2024-2032
A dense and flavorful red already with dark-berry, seaweed and wet-earth undertones. Full body and round and chewy tannins. Green olives on the finish. Serious for the vintage.
The 2017 Gazin is lush, sensual and enveloping, with lovely palate presence and tons of pure class. Bright floral notes perk up the red berry fruit in a seductive, open-knit Pomerol that captures the best the vintage has to offer. In 2017 Gazin is quite giving today, but also has a good bit of freshness and aromatic nuance that should allow it to develop nicely for years to come. Tasted three times.
Concentrated and with fine detail, this is a well-balanced wine with a lot of power and attack on the nose and palate. The oak seems quite dominant at the moment but this will melt away, but the fruit is full and ripe and there is some considerable detail in terms of red and black flavour complexity. Long and savoury, but not too dry, this is a lovely Gazin.