2009 Gazin, Pomerol (Pre-Arrival)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
A big, powerful, masculine Pomerol with a style not dissimilar from Le Gay, the dense purple-colored 2009 Gazin exhibits black currant, black cherry liqueur, coffee, roasted herb, an exotic Asian spice component, vanillin, creme caramel and toasty oak in its aromatics and flavors. From a vineyard near Petrus, Le Gay and La Fleur Petrus, it is full-bodied with licorice, earth, truffle and creme de cassis in the mouth. Give this powerful, backward 2009 an additional 6-8 years of cellaring and drink it over the following three decades.
Wow. Best ever from here? Powerful aromas of chili, crushed blackberries and rose water. Full body, with juicy, soft and velvety tannins. This goes on for minutes. Fruit forward. Try in 2018.
This has it all in place-dark, smoldering tobacco and cocoa notes, rich plum sauce, braised fig and steeped black currant fruit, joined by lengthy, mouthcoating, tar-tinged grip. Still youthfully raw, though, so cellar for maximum effect. Best from 2014 through 2028.
A smoky wine, its fruit submerged in the wood character. It does have weight, along with powerful, tight tannins. It's a wine that will need many years.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Ruby-purple with inky highlights. Enticing Pomerol aromas of violet, cocoa, coffee and sweet spices complicated by smoked meat and iron. Supple and smooth on entry, with lovely red berry and black cherry flavors joined on the back by spicy plum component. Starts smooth, but turns chalky, even slightly austere, on the tannic finish. This will need time.
K&L's Notes: *1/2. Fine blackberry aromas and flavors. A lush and lingering finish. Bright and lively. Always a solid wine. 90% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Cabernet Franc. Note: Futures item. Wine will arrive late 2012 to 2013. You will be contacted for delivery instructions.