2018 Chateau Gazin

Red Bordeaux Blend

France / Bordeaux / Libournais / Pomerol

$105
JD 97
RP 93
V 92
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2018 Chateau Gazin Pomerol, France

2018 marked the 100th vintage for our family in Pomerol. The harvest took place between the 10th of September and the 8th of October. With successive pickings depending on the ripeness of the grapes. 63,000 bottles of the first wine were produced alongside 22,000 bottles of Hospitalet de Gazin, the Estate's second wine.

The summer heat ensured perfectly ripe grapes for both wines, while spring showers, combined with the blue clay subsoil of the Pomerol plateau, protected against drought. Major mildew attacks in early June were perfectly controlled, enabling 34hl per hectare to be harvested out of the 21.28 hectares currently in production. The 2018 vintage contains an alcoholic degree of 14.5 alongside a blend of 93% Merlot and 7% Cabernet Franc. The wine was aged for 18 months, following malolactic fermentation in barrels, using 50% new barrels and 50% barrels used from one previous vintage Meanwhile, Hospitalet de Gazin has an alcoholic degree of 14 and a blend of 75% Merlot and 25% Cabernet Sauvignon.

The 2018 vintage is undeniably one of the greatest produced from our Estate in the past 30 years. In terms of finesse it outweighs the very good 2016. This wine is incredibly fresh, with a long aftertaste thanks to its smooth texture and aromatic complexity. For now, subtle aromas of red and black fruit (morello and blackcurrant ) and flower fragrances characterize it. After ageing for several years, classic Pomerol notes shall come to the fore subtly: truffle, undergrowth, game. At the same time, the very concentrated and silky tannins perfectly balance the alcohol level which does not dominate the discreet and well-integrated oaky overtones. This wine should reach its peak in ten years or so.

The 2018 vintage was bottled in June 2020 as Chateau Gazin received the HVE level 3 certification (High Environmental Value).

JD 97

Jeb Dunnuck

The deep purple, inky-hued 2018 Château Gazin comes from the Pomerol plateau and is 93% Merlot and 7% Cabernet Franc. A brilliant nose of blueberries, candied cherries, wildflowers, tobacco, chocolate, and spice gives way to a stunning Pomerol with full-bodied richness, a layered, seamless texture, ultra-fine tannins, and a great finish. This plush, sexy, opulent Pomerol does everything right. It already offers pleasure yet will ideally be given 4-6 years of bottle age and will have two decades or so over overall longevity. Reviewed by Jeb Dunnuck. Tasting date: March 11, 2021. Drinking window: 2025-2045.
RP 93

Robert Parker Wine Advocate

(Rating 93+) Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2018 Gazin (a blend of 93% Merlot and 7% Cabernet Franc) leaps from the glass with vibrant notes of warm plums, black raspberries and kirsch, plus suggestions of wild mushrooms, fragrant earth, Sichuan pepper and tree bark. The medium to full-bodied palate delivers impressive energy with approachable, rounded tannins and a lively backbone framing the crunchy red and black fruits, finishing long and earthy. Reviewed by Lisa Perrotti-Brown. Issue date March 31, 2021. Drinking window: 2023-2040.
V 92

Vinous

The 2018 Gazin is an attractive, understated Pomerol built more on persistence than on volume. Cedar, iron, dried flowers, spice, new leather and scorched earth accents add quite a bit of character. Bright saline notes punctuate the vibrant, salivating finish. A few years in bottle should help the tannins soften. Readers need to be patient, as the 2018 is not an especially open wine, as many Pomerols are in this vintage, but rather a wine built for the cellar. Reviewed by Antonio Galloni. Tasting date: March 2021. Drinking window: 2024 - 2043.

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JD 97

Jeb Dunnuck

The deep purple, inky-hued 2018 Château Gazin comes from the Pomerol plateau and is 93% Merlot and 7% Cabernet Franc. A brilliant nose of blueberries, candied cherries, wildflowers, tobacco, chocolate, and spice gives way to a stunning Pomerol with full-bodied richness, a layered, seamless texture, ultra-fine tannins, and a great finish. This plush, sexy, opulent Pomerol does everything right. It already offers pleasure yet will ideally be given 4-6 years of bottle age and will have two decades or so over overall longevity. Reviewed by Jeb Dunnuck. Tasting date: March 11, 2021. Drinking window: 2025-2045.
RP 93

Robert Parker Wine Advocate

(Rating 93+) Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2018 Gazin (a blend of 93% Merlot and 7% Cabernet Franc) leaps from the glass with vibrant notes of warm plums, black raspberries and kirsch, plus suggestions of wild mushrooms, fragrant earth, Sichuan pepper and tree bark. The medium to full-bodied palate delivers impressive energy with approachable, rounded tannins and a lively backbone framing the crunchy red and black fruits, finishing long and earthy. Reviewed by Lisa Perrotti-Brown. Issue date March 31, 2021. Drinking window: 2023-2040.
V 92

Vinous

The 2018 Gazin is an attractive, understated Pomerol built more on persistence than on volume. Cedar, iron, dried flowers, spice, new leather and scorched earth accents add quite a bit of character. Bright saline notes punctuate the vibrant, salivating finish. A few years in bottle should help the tannins soften. Readers need to be patient, as the 2018 is not an especially open wine, as many Pomerols are in this vintage, but rather a wine built for the cellar. Reviewed by Antonio Galloni. Tasting date: March 2021. Drinking window: 2024 - 2043.

2018 Chateau Gazin Pomerol, France

2018 marked the 100th vintage for our family in Pomerol. The harvest took place between the 10th of September and the 8th of October. With successive pickings depending on the ripeness of the grapes. 63,000 bottles of the first wine were produced alongside 22,000 bottles of Hospitalet de Gazin, the Estate's second wine.

The summer heat ensured perfectly ripe grapes for both wines, while spring showers, combined with the blue clay subsoil of the Pomerol plateau, protected against drought. Major mildew attacks in early June were perfectly controlled, enabling 34hl per hectare to be harvested out of the 21.28 hectares currently in production. The 2018 vintage contains an alcoholic degree of 14.5 alongside a blend of 93% Merlot and 7% Cabernet Franc. The wine was aged for 18 months, following malolactic fermentation in barrels, using 50% new barrels and 50% barrels used from one previous vintage Meanwhile, Hospitalet de Gazin has an alcoholic degree of 14 and a blend of 75% Merlot and 25% Cabernet Sauvignon.

The 2018 vintage is undeniably one of the greatest produced from our Estate in the past 30 years. In terms of finesse it outweighs the very good 2016. This wine is incredibly fresh, with a long aftertaste thanks to its smooth texture and aromatic complexity. For now, subtle aromas of red and black fruit (morello and blackcurrant ) and flower fragrances characterize it. After ageing for several years, classic Pomerol notes shall come to the fore subtly: truffle, undergrowth, game. At the same time, the very concentrated and silky tannins perfectly balance the alcohol level which does not dominate the discreet and well-integrated oaky overtones. This wine should reach its peak in ten years or so.

The 2018 vintage was bottled in June 2020 as Chateau Gazin received the HVE level 3 certification (High Environmental Value).

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