Chateau Gazin Pomerol Bordeaux Wine, Complete Guide

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Learn everything about Chateau Gazin Pomerol with wine tasting notes and wine with food pairing tips. Learn the best vintages, a history of the property and information on the vineyards and winemaking. If you want to read about other important, Bordeaux Chateaux: Links to all Bordeaux Wine Producer Profiles

Chateau Gazin History, Overview

The famous logo for Chateau Gazin was inspired by an ancient connection to Knights of the Templars that took place in the formative years of the Pomerol appellation. Not only is the logo for Chateau Gazin old, so is the property.

Chateau Gazin dates all the way back to 1772, when the Pomerol vineyards were purchased by Antoine Feuilhade. The estate was not always a vineyard. In fact prior to the land making its debut as a vineyard, the property was used for a variety of different activities, including a hospital.

Over the years, Chateau Gazin was sold and resold to numerous owners before it was bought by descendants of the current owners in 1917. The Bailliencourt family assumed control of the estate in 1946. Also included in that sale was Chateau La Dominique located in the neighboring St. Emilion appellation.

The Bailliencourt family sold Chateau La Dominique in 1969 to the Fayat family. Nicolas de Bailliencourt began managing Chateau Gazin in 1988. Under the direction of Nicolas de Bailliencourt, the wines began improving. His first step was to discontinue machine harvesting and begin manual picking again. He also lowered the yields.

Chateau Gazin has very good neighbors. They share borders with Petrus and lEvangile! In fact, in 1969, Chateau Gazin sold 5.5 hectares of vines to Petrus. While the sale helped the cash starved property cover their tax liens, the loss of those vines reduced the quality and perhaps the quality of Chateau Gazin.

Further exacerbating the loss of quality was when the estate switched to machine harvesting in 1979, which was coupled with an increase in yields. Both practices have been discontinued.

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Chateau Gazin Vineyards, Terroir, Grapes, Winemaking

The 26.5 hectare vineyard of Chateau Gazin is planted to 90% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Sauvignon and 4% Cabernet Franc. However, it is the goal of the estate to increase the amount of the Cabernet Franc in their vineyards over time, while reducing the amount of Merlot planted.

Located in the north east section of the Pomerol plateau as 23.5 hectares cultivated with vines. They have great neighbors. Petrus is to the west and LEvangile is south. The vineyard of Chateau Gazin is quite large for Pomerol.

The Right Bank vineyard of Chateau Gazin is also fairly unique in the region as their vines are planted in one, large, single parcel.

This is unusual for Pomerol, where many of the vineyards consist of non contiguous parcels. This can be divided into 32 separate parcels. The terroir of Gazin is gravel with clay, iron and sand in the soil. There are also patches of blue clay found in their soils as well.

The vineyard has vines averaging 30 years of age and is planted to a vine density ranging from 5,500 to 6,000 vines per hectare. However, they have old vines. Their oldest vines were planted back in 1942.

Chateau Gazin shares one of the highest levels of elevation in Pomerol, along with Petrus. At its peak, Gazin reaches up to 40.5 meters. Inside their single block of vines, their best terroir is perfectly placed close to dead center of their holdings. Here is where you that blue clay, which is part of the soil.

In 1996 a complete renovation of the wine making facilities at Chateau Gazin was completed. To produce the wine of Chateau Gazin, the grapes are fermented and vinified in 27, small, cement vats that range in size from 60 hectoliters, up to 150 hectoliters. They also have a few stainless steel tanks which are used exclusively for the Cabernet Franc.

Malolactic fermentation takes place in French oak barrels. The wine is aged for 18 months in 40% to 50% new, French oak barrels, depending on the vintage and its characteristics. Interestingly, Chateau Gazin does not purchase their barrels outright. Instead, they lease them on a yearly basis.

The best vintages of Chateau Gazin are: 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2012, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2005, 2001, 2000, 1990, 1964 and 1961. My guess is that older vintages from the 1950’s and 40’s etc., are quite good, as they were made from those vines that are now part of Petrus. Good luck finding any!

Chateau Gazin, which is a large estate for Pomerol, on average, produces up to 8,000 cases of wine per vintage. They have a second Pomerol wine, l’Hospitalet de Gazin, which made its debut with the 1986 vintage.

Chateau Gazin is currently managed by Nicolas Bailliencourt. Thomas Duclos has been the consultant since 2013.

When to Drink Chateau Gazin, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time

Chateau Gazin is much better with at least 8-12 years of aging in good vintages. Young vintages can be decanted for 2-3 hours, or more. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment. Chateau Gazin offers its best drinking and should reach peak maturity between 10-30 years of age after the vintage.

Serving Chateau Gazin with Wine, Food, Pairing Tips

Chateau Gazin is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift.

Chateau Gazin is best served with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised and grilled dishes. Chateau Gazin is also good with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms and pasta.

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Château Gazin Wine Tasting Notes

24 Vintages 163,408 Views Sort by Vintage-Rating

2018Château Gazin  (Pomerol)95

Already offering its earthy truffle side, the fruits are soft, floral, polished, sweet, and plummy. Elegant and rich, this is a fine example of Gazin delivering a serious dose of cocoa dusted kirsch in a graceful finish. The wine is made from blending 93% Merlot with 7% Cabernet Franc. 94-96 Pts

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2017Château Gazin  (Pomerol)94

Expressive without out much effort, you can easily find the flowers, cherries and wet earth notes. Soft, glossy and fresh, there is sweetness to the fruit, silk on the tannins and a generous blast of cocoa dusted red fruits in the finish.

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2016Château Gazin  (Pomerol)95

Just a beauty with its layers of concentrated, ripe, sweet, silky, fruits, freshness, earth, truffle and mocha. The wine has a depth of flavor, richness and the structure to age.

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Flowers, plum liqueur and cherry blossoms reach your nose with little effort. There are sweet, ripe, sensuous fruits with hints of black licorice, silky yet dusty and powerful tannins and a long, sleek finish. The wine is made from a blend of 87% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc. The wine 14.25% alcohol with a pH of 3.69 and is aging in 45% new, French oak barrels. The Merlot was harvested September 22 to October 10 and the Cabernets were picked October 17. This was the longest harvest period and the latest vintage in the history of Gazin.

2,048 Views   Tasted 95
2016Château Gazin  (Pomerol)95

Gazin is on fire these days, and the 2016 is only adding to the flame. The beautiful sense of purity in the silky, luscious, sensuous red fruits stands out fro start to finish here. Full bodied and concentrated, the tannins are soft, ripe and refined, which is perfect to match with the lift and length.. A decade will really make this pop.

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2015Château Gazin  (Pomerol)95

Continuing to develop nicely, the wine offers silky textures, floral, cocoa and plums from start to finish.

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Fresh, ripe, black and red plums, small hints of oak, and a concentrated, boatload of sweet, juicy, fresh cherries that really linger.

3,485 Views   Tasted 94

Concentrated and near bottomless in length and depth, this wine is ripe with dense color and a stratum of sweet, juicy plums, truffle, floral and cocoa notes. This should develop quite well, adding additional nuances and softer texture as it ages. The wine was made from a blend of 95.2% Merlot and 4.8% Cabernet Franc. 94 - 96 Pts

3,937 Views   Tasted 95
2014Château Gazin  (Pomerol)92

Luscious, round, supple textured, ripe, sweet, dark red fruits, with ripe flavors and a polished, silky finish are found here. This is really quite nice from start to finish.

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Expressive, fresh and forward with a core of black raspberries, flowers and cocoa, this round textured wine showcases dusty tannins in its earthy, fruity finish. 91-93 Pts

2,319 Views   Tasted 91
2013Château Gazin  (Pomerol)90

Fully mature, or at least quite close to it, the plummy fruit combines sweetness with earth and herbs, the tannins are soft and the wine leaves you with just a hint of rusticity in the finish. This is not a wine to keep for cellaring. If you have a bottle, drink up.

1,963 Views   Tasted

Already displaying earthy truffle, cedar and plum notes. Medium/full bodied with some dryness in the finish. This should be best in its youth,

1,859 Views   Tasted 90

Medium bodied, with loads of fresh, plum, cocoa, black cherry and a dollop of truffle, this soft, forward, round edged wine was produced from 100% Merlot.

1,181 Views   Tasted 90

From 100% Merlot, the wine features notes of licorice, herbs, coffee and black cherry with some rusticity to the tannins and a fresh, dark and earthy finish bursting with red berries and black cherry in the closing notes. The yields were 25 hectoliters per hectare. The wine was aged in 50% new oak.

1,279 Views   Tasted 90
2012Château Gazin  (Pomerol)93

Earthy, truffle notes really stand out, even at this early stage adding complexity to the black cherry and stone notes that are out in front. On the palate, the wine combines energy with soft, supple tannins and sweet, spicy, plums and black raspberries. Another 3-6 years will bring this together nicely..

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Produced from 100% Merlot, as no Cabernet Franc was included in the blend, there is a lot to like about the fresh, sweet, lush, black cherries, plum, truffle and dark chocolate sensations, coupled with the round, smooth finish. This should develop well.

4,149 Views   Tasted 92

Deep ruby in color, black cherry liqueur and cocoa notes open to a rich, supple, round and fresh black cherry-filled wine with hints of chocolate in the finish. 90-93 Pts

4,136 Views   Tasted 92
2011Château Gazin  (Pomerol)91

Holding back some of its personality, this is still a reserved style for Gazin. With effort, you can find freshness, refined tannins and dark, red fruits, with a hint of olive in the finish. Another year or two in the cellar should be just about right.

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Medium bodied, and offering dark cherry, plum, coffee and black raspberry notes, this soft, refined and successful for the vintage wine finishes with dark plum, cocoa and earthy notes. The wine was made from a blend of 90% Merlot, 90% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc.

2,708 Views   Tasted 90
2010Château Gazin  (Pomerol)95

With a good depth of color, the wine needs an hour or so of decanting before it releases all its sensuous, juicy, plums, truffle, earth and spice box characteristics. Full bodied, rich and concentrated, there is energy and complexity here. Even though this can be enjoyed now, another 4-5 years will add so much more to its complexity and character.

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Licorice, smoke, earth, plums and cherries are easy to find. Structured to age, deep and refined, from a blend of 86% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 4% Cabernet Franc, this is one of my favorite vintages from this producer yet.

9,492 Views   Tasted 93

Black raspberry, floral and bitter chocolate aromas pair well with the soft, rich, long plum, licorice and chocolate finish. 91-93 Pts

4,759 Views   Tasted 92
2009Château Gazin  (Pomerol)96

Truffle, licorice and dark red fruits lead you to this sensual, sexy little beast of a wine. Opulent in character, silky and fresh, the wine feels great on your palate. As good as it is now, it will only get better from here.

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Fresh black raspberries, plums and chocolate covered, dark cherries make up the perfume. This powerful, tannic, firm style of Pomerol is built to age.

6,128 Views   Tasted 92
2008Château Gazin  (Pomerol)93

Full bodied, structured, powerful, tannic, concentrated, deep, .classic Pomerol that is just starting to come out of its shell. There is a wealth of fruit that is needed, because you also find loads of tannins. Give this at least a few more years in the cellar allowing you to really enjoy the layers of plum and truffle found here.

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.Earth, fresh herbs, truffle and cherry scents create the nose. On the palate, the wine has concentration, along with a firm structure and tannic backbone, finishing with a more straight ahead, classic approach.

2,626 Views   Tasted 92

Plum, back cherry, coffee bean and cassis aromas open to a full bodied, beefy, masculine Bordeaux wine from Pomerol. The wine ends with a concentrated, tannic, red and black fruit filled finish.

7,303 Views   Tasted 92

08 Château Gazin, deeply colored, has ample black fruit aromas. Full bodied, the wine showed a lot of size and structure, but it lacked the level of elegance found in the better Pomerols. 91-93 Pts

7,105 Views   Tasted 92
2007Château Gazin  (Pomerol)90

Cedar, incense, and red fruits start off the experience. Soft, and already drinking at close to the peak, the early drinking charm here exchanges depth and concentration for ease and pleasure. This is the right time to be popping corks on this wine, it is not made from further aging.

2,848 Views   Tasted
2006Château Gazin  (Pomerol)91

With an open nose of cocoa covered black cherries, plum, earth and hint of coffee bean, the soft textured wine is already serving up a nice mouthful of sweet, ripe, juicy plums in the finish.

2,917 Views   Tasted
2005Château Gazin  (Pomerol)90

This is a Pomerol for traditionalists. I can see some people liking this beefy styled wine. But it lacks elegance and charm, my two favorite characteristics from wines in Pomerol

5,981 Views   Tasted
2004Château Gazin  (Pomerol)88

Medium bodied, with a rustic, bright cherry and earthy personality, there is a sensation of dryness in the finish.

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2001Château Gazin  (Pomerol)89

Spice filled dark berries on the nose. Medium/full bodied, soft tannins, round, but lightly textured. The correctly made, but unexciting wine wine ends with a short, black berry and dark cherry filled finish.

6,478 Views   Tasted
2000Château Gazin  (Pomerol)90

Firm, structured, semi masculine, old school style of Pomerol that is slightly more interesting on the nose, with its earthy, plum, cocoa, tobacco and black cherry perfume, than on the palate. Perhaps more time will help soften the wine, but at close to 16 years of age, this is probably what it is.

3,465 Views   Tasted
1998Château Gazin  (Pomerol)90

Starting to come around, there is a bit of rusticity to the tannins that takes away from the earthy plum and cherry charm that makes up the wine.

3,165 Views   Tasted
1995Château Gazin  (Pomerol)88

Medium/full bodied, firm, tannic, and austere in style, with a stern plummy character. The nose was much more interesting than the palate, with its truffle, dark chocolate and cherry characteristics.

1,788 Views   Tasted
1990Château Gazin  (Pomerol)90

The color is ruby with bricking. On the nose, smoke, spice, cassis, earth, pepper, olives and fresh herbs. The masculine cherry finish has a hint of bitter in the end note. This is an old school, traditional, beefy, structured style of Pomerol. It will probably age and develop additional levels of complexity for at least another 10-20 years. But it's not going to completely soften.

4,120 Views   Tasted

Chocolate, truffle, boysenberry, blackberry, caramel and roasted plum scents open to a melange of chocolate covered blackberries and elegant textures. The only minor drawback in the wine is at the end of the finish with some green/stemmy flavors. This is a nice fully mature Pomerol that will offer pleasure for at least another 12-20 years.

3,726 Views   Tasted 92

The wine is pleasant, but there was nothing in it offering any distinguishing characteristics. The wine is correct and without faults, but, it lacks the plump, sexy styling's found in so many Pomerols.

3,744 Views   Tasted 88
1989Château Gazin  (Pomerol)89

Fully mature, or just on the other side of maturity, looking into the downward slope of life, there is a lot of meaty, earthy dark cherries and plums on the nose and palate. In fact, the nose was the better part of the wine. But the old school, rustic textures mar the otherwise, quite nice wine. Fans of sterner tannins, herbs and greenery are going to like this more than I did.

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1964Château Gazin  (Pomerol)75

Off aromas of lawn grass, herbs, wet earth and tobacco, gruff textures and an earthy, black cherry finish were found in this bottle. I've tasted better examples. This was probably an off bottle, but as with all mature wines, there are no great old wines, just great bottles.

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Brickish in color, with an earth, truffle, plum, steel, mineral and blackberry scented perfume, this concentrated, old school wine was austere in nature. Produced before the property sold several acres to Petrus, the wine had old vine intensity and the ability to age, finishing with minerality, spicy plums and truffles.

4,265 Views   Tasted 90
1961Château Gazin  (Pomerol)85

Smoke, tobacco, herbs, earth and red berry aromas made up the aromas. Medium/full bodied, beefy in texture, this full mature Pomerol ended with a spicy plum and cranberry finish. I have had better bottles of this wine. If you run across a well stored bottle with good provenance, it's work checking it out.

3,462 Views   Tasted

Truffle, soy, black cherry, pepper, leather, tar, black raspberry and tobacco notes make up the perfume. The soft textured wine is filled with dense, ripe, dark cherry flavors. In 61, Gazin switched to a unique wax capsule that is interesting and attractive.

3,278 Views   Tasted 92

The wine, slightly stern in style was more interesting on the nose than the palate. Gazin remains an austere style of Pomerol. This bottle of 61 has moved past its prime. It improved in the glass for a short period of time before slowing dropping its fruit. I've had much better bottles.

3,256 Views   Tasted 87