There's not a lot of competition at UGC Pomerol these days, so unsurprisingly, Gazin took this tasting at a canter. Produced from 95% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc, this smart, understated Pomerol hit all the right notes with our team. It is gravelly, mineral and dark fruited. It opens up to reveal sweet damsons, mulberry and incense notes. There is a coolness and sense or reserve and tension that is most alluring; one’s impression is that there is much more to come from this wine. The tannins are coated with notes of cassis, tea and dark plum. A handsome Gazin.
Covering 26 ha in a single plot of upper terrace Pomerol terroir, Château Gazin was acquired in the early 20th century by Louis Soualle, today it is managed by the fifth generation of his descendants.
Originally on the site of the "Hospital of Pomeyrols", built by the knights to receive pilgrims on the Santiago de Compostela route, Gazin’s terroir consists of the clay-gravel subsoil, planted with 90% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Cabernet Franc. The average age of the vines is 35 years and they are planted with a density of 5,500 to 7,000 per hectare. The vines are cultivated using traditional growing methods and an environmentally-friendly approach with ploughing, organic fertilizers, minimum use of pesticides.
Harvest is carried out by hand, with grapes undergoing an initial sorting in the vineyard, before two further sortings take place in the vat room, both before and after de-stemming. Alcoholic fermentation takes place in small concrete vats, separated by grape variety and plot, the juice and skins are then left to macerate for two to three weeks. Maturation takes place in 50% new oak barrels for eighteen months.
Pomerol’s Merlot-dominated wines at their best are rich, seductive and silky. For hundreds of years Pomerol was considered as nothing but a satellite district of neighbouring St-Émilion to the east, and it was not really until not until the 1950s that Pomerol started its meteoric rise led by Château Petrus. By far the most dominant merchants in the region are Jean-Pierre Moueix who own or distribute the majority of the finest properties in Pomerol, the most renowned being Petrus.
Pomerol's finest wines originate from the highest parts of the plateau, which is predominantly gravel and clay, with an iron rich subsoil called crasse de fer.
Apparently as important in fashioning wines that are plump, voluptuous, and richly Merlot dominates plantings dramatically, though the notable exception is Vieux Château Certan, nearly half of their estate is devoted Cabernet Franc. Pomerol has no no official classification, but its small scale wines fetch some of the greatest prices for wine in the world. The regions greatest names are Pétrus, Lafleur, Certan de May, Hosanna, La Fleur de Gay, L'Église-Clinet, Le Pin, La Conseillante, Trotanoy, , L'Évangile, Latour-à-Pomerol, and Vieux-Ch-Certan