2012 Gazin, Pomerol (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1129985 95 points James Suckling

 This is a gorgeous wine with superb density and balance for the vintage. Full body, polished, fine tannins and a long, long finish. There’s so much complexity and beauty to this with blueberry, wet earth and spice character. Some sliced Chinese mushrooms as well. One of the best wines I have had from here in a long time.  (1/2015)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 This is certainly one of the great 2012s from Pomerol. What’s amazing is that it is 100% Merlot. Readers may have forgotten (or never knew) that a chunk of this vineyard was sold to Petrus in the early 1970s, but what remains is still a superb terroir and incredibly well-placed on the plateau of Pomerol, adjacent to Petrus and across the road from Lafleur. This wine tips the scales at 14.5% natural alcohol, which puts it right up there with the 2009 and 2010. This points further to the sensational success Pomerol enjoyed in 2012. It is inky purple in color, with a glorious nose of black fruits, an unctuous texture, and a full-bodied mouthfeel. Sometimes Gazin can show too much new oak in its youth, but that is not an issue with the 2012. This is sensational Pomerol and one of the great wines of this vintage. Give it another 5-8 years of cellaring and drink it over the following two to three decades. (RP)  (4/2015)

91 points Wine Spectator

 Fleshy, with dark plum sauce and blackberry reduction flavors wrapped in a solid coating of toasty vanilla and carrying through a cocoa-edged finish. Still has some toast to absorb, but this features a pleasant bolt of graphite and good lingering fruit and anise notes.  (3/2015)

Jancis Robinson

 Attractive scent and freshness. Very appetising without being forced. Polish and fruit focus.  (10/2014)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Deep purple-ruby. Refined but currently subdued aromas of dark fruits and minerals. Linear and clean in the mouth, with crisp dark plum and fresh blackcurrant flavors. Finishes long but slightly dry, with a pretty saline tang.  (6/2013)

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By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/8/2014 | Send Email
* Black color. Powerful wine with good grip. An ager.

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- A very popular red grape variety found in the great wines of St. Emilion and Pomerol. It is the most planted variety in Bordeaux, and it has also become an extremely fashionable red in many regions including California. Although it has a reputation to be smooth, and easy to drink when young, Merlot is also capable of producing extremely intense wines as well. It is often used as a blending agent with Cabernet Sauvignon.


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