It's always fun to get back-vintage bottles. Even if they are only a few years old, the extra time in the bottle is always worth it. We were offered a few cases of 2016 Gazin coming directly from the Chateau and couldn't pass it up. We genuinely enjoy Pomerol, which is one of the areas of Bordeaux that can be hit or miss for people, but Chateau's like Trotanoy and, today, Gazin prove that it's not all about Petrus. Gazin is also one of the few Chateau's that still belongs to the same family since it began five generations ago. The blend of Chateau Gazin is 90% Merlot with 7% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Cabernet Franc. The quality of this Domaine has picked up in recent vintages, and 2016 is a great example of where Gazin is headed. An excellent buy for the Bordeaux lover, the '16 Gazin is just starting to enter an ideal window for drinking and should continue to develop very well for years to come.
Wine Advocate 95 points! "Medium to deep garnet-purple in color, the 2016 Gazin features a beautifully perfumed nose of violets, Ceylon tea, cigar box, sandalwood and fallen leaves over a core of plum preserves, kirsch and blackberry preserves plus a waft of aniseed. Medium-bodied and elegant, with compelling restraint, it has a seductively plush texture, finishing with bags of poise, perfume and persistence."
Decanter 94 points! "A rich and elegant Gazin, cohesive yet still extremely young. You can taste the Cabernets coming through strongly, an elegant, stately expression of cassis with a silky texture and nice balance. The palate is intense and concentrated but with a real sense of lift. It's always a wine that takes its time to show its colours as it's a touch austere in its first five to eight years, but this is going to age beautifully."
Antonio Galloni 93 points! "The 2016 Gazin has developed into a super-refined wine. Silky tannins and floral aromatics add to an impression of total finesse. Blood orange, sweet red/purplish berry fruit, rose petal and mint are all finely knit in this gracious, subtle Pomerol. More importantly, the 2016 has grown into an absolutely striking wine that is even more expressive and complete than it was from barrel."