In a nutshell: A really quite excellent Pomerol from Chateau Gazin.
The lowdown: This eighteenth century estate sits on the plateau and rather uniquely its vineyards sit together in one block, and also Gazin counts the famed Chateau Petrus as a neighbour. This highly rated 2014 has a bit more structure and ageing potential than the previous two vintages and also benefits from a small proportion of Cabernet Franc in the blend, instead of just being traditionally 100% Merlot. Rich aromas of blackberry, blackcurrant and red cherry with complex notes of cedar, forest floor and touches of savoury aromas. The medium-full bodied palate is refined with grippy tannins and balanced acidity. A complex wine that sits with the best of Pomerol and will age.
17+/20 - Jancis Robinson MW, 94/100 - Tim Atkin MW
When to drink: Just entering its early drinking window, but this one will go into the 2040s.
The Gazin estate is believed to be built on the site of the Hôpital de Pomeyrols for the Knights of Malta in the 12th century and referecnces to this can be seen on their labels. In the early 20th century it was acquired by wine merchant Louis Soualle and was passed to his daughter who married Edouard de Bailliencourt. It remains in family ownership in the shape of 5th generation descendants of Louis Salle.
The vines are on one of the highest plateaus in the region on soils where Merlot flourishes and comprises over 85% of the plantings. At 26 hectares it's among the largest in Pomerol and they count other top rank estates such as Petrus and Château l'Evangile among their neighbours. In the vineyard pesticide use is kept to a minimum and organic fertilizers are what they concentrate on. Alongside their main cuvée the make a second wine under the label 'L'Hospitalet de Gazin'. They are considered among the top estates in Pomerol with a reputation for fine, velvelt and elegant wines which can age well.