Gazin 2009


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Tasting Notes

A big, powerful, masculine Pomerol with a style not dissimilar from Le Gay, the dense purple-colored 2009 Gazin exhibits black currant, black cherry liqueur, coffee, roasted herb, an exotic Asian spice component, vanillin, creme caramel and toasty oak in its aromatics and flavors. From a vineyard near Petrus, Le Gay and La Fleur Petrus, it is full-bodied with licorice, earth, truffle and creme de cassis in the mouth. Give this powerful, backward 2009 an additional 6-8 years of cellaring and drink it over the following three decades.

Score: 96Robert Parker, Wine Advocate, March 2012

Ferocious extract, huge tannin, an opaque purple color, and enormous richness all make for a potentially brilliant wine from this vineyard, located on the plateau of Pomerol just adjacent to Petrus. Probably a late finisher of malolactic given its showing on three separate occasions, this wine, which is enormously endowed, very rich, and full-bodied, has a chance to be the best Gazin ever made. However, patience will be a virtue, as the wine will certainly need 5-8 years of cellaring. (Tasted three times.) Drink 2010-2015.

Score: 94/96Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (188), April 2010

The 2009 Gazin has a very concentrated, high-toned bouquet with Merlot firmly in the driving seat, a mixture of black and blue fruit. The palate is rounded on the entry with supple tannin, succulent and glossy in style with macerated black cherries and salted liquorice towards the finish. This needs another year or two in the glass. Tasted blind at Farr Vintners’ 2009 Bordeaux tasting. 2022 - 2040

Score: 95Neal Martin,, March 2019

Tasted at Chateau Clinet. This has a well defined, quite a cerebral bouquet with aromas of blackberry, Morello and a touch of liquorice, becoming more rounded and voluptuous with aeration. The palate is very well balanced with firm tannins, superb definition and minerality coming through on this Gazin, the best that I have tasted at primeur. Very precise towards the finish, very sophisticated. Wonderful. Tasted April 2010.

Score: 94/96Neal Martin,, April 2010

Wow. Best ever from here? Powerful aromas of chili, crushed blackberries and rose water. Full body, with juicy, soft and velvety tannins. This goes on for minutes. Fruit forward. Try in 2018.

Score: 95James Suckling,, February 2012

Blackberry and light tar aromas follow through to a full body, with soft and velvety tannins and a fruity finish. Delicate in a rich way.

Score: 92/95James Suckling,, April 2010

Luscious and intense with the merest hint of animal fur. Thick and then rather tough and acid. Rather austere on the end. Date tasted 29th March 2010. Drink 2017-2027.

Score: 16Jancis Robinson MW,, April 2010

This property is wonderfully situated, right next door to Petrus on the Pomerol plateau. 92% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Cabernet Franc. Rich nose, plump but structured, vanilla and red fruit flavours.

Score: 16Farr Vintners, April 2010

This has it all in place-dark, smoldering tobacco and cocoa notes, rich plum sauce, braised fig and steeped black currant fruit, joined by lengthy, mouthcoating, tar-tinged grip. Still youthfully raw, though, so cellar for maximum effect. Best from 2014 through 2028.-J.M.

Score: 93James Molesworth, Wine Spectator Insider (Vol 8, 3), January 2012

The mix of black plum and black cherry feels ripe, lovely and fleshy. The richness is refreshed by red fruits that come through on the mid palate but as the tannins are ripe they tend to accentuate the lushness. There is though a brighter more elegant character at the back. Drink 2018-2030.

Score: 88/92Derek Smedley MW, April 2010

Ripe but poised. Aromatic red fruit (crushed raspberry) aromas, smooth tannic frame, attractive mid-palate fruit and a balancing freshness that is marked. Assured value. Drink 2018-2035.

Score: 17.5James Lawther MW,, April 2010

Very dark, spicy and mysterious, this is a concentrated and graceful Pomerol that shows what was possible in this vintage if everything was done right. The stunningly fine tannins drive the very long subtle finish. Drink or hold. (Horizontal Tasting, London, 2019)

Score: 96Stuart Pigott,, March 2019

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