2006 Gazin, Pomerol

SKU #1047418

93 points Wine Spectator: "Complex aromas of green coffee bean, tarragon and blackberry, turning to licorice and violet. Full-bodied, with ultrafine tannins and beautiful fruit. Very balanced and refined for the vintage. Exceptional for this estate. A real beauty. Best after 2014." (03/09) 92 points Robert Parker: "This is a very strong effort from this estate, which sits just adjacent to Petrus. In fact, they sold part of their vineyard to Petrus in the early 1970s. This is a full-bodied, powerful 2006 with the oak more restrained than it normally is in a young Gazin. Copious quantities of sweet plum, fig, and black cherry fruit are intermixed with cedar and dried herbs in a medium to full-bodied, rich, long, impressively endowed style. This is an outstanding wine, with enough stuffing, structure, and density to age beautifully over a 20- to 25-year period." (02/09) And, according to Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: " Good full red-ruby. Musky dark berries and roast coffee on the expressive nose. Sweet, lush and rich, with a pliant texture to the rather carnal flavors of currant, plum, truffle and cedary oak. Finishes with spreading, sweet tannins and very good persistence. A plush Gazin with very good chewy depth, but in a softer style and offering a lot of early appeal." (May/June '09)

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By: Joe Manekin |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 7/6/2009  | Send Email
I was told that if I didn't start reviewing more BDX I would be fired on the spot! Joking...anyway we tasted a mini horizontal of '06 Right Bank wines, of which this one in particular spoke to me. It said, "review me, so that Clyde won't fire you." Dark fruit and coffee ground aromas lead to a very elegant, very mineral palate. The raw material and balance are here for extended long term aging.

By: Clyde Beffa Jr. |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 6/22/2009  | Send Email
Wow! A knockout, big and rich beauty - very sweet and lush. Some tannin evident. Will cellar well.

By: Jeff Garneau |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 6/1/2009  | Send Email
A neighbor of Chateau Pétrus, Gazin is home to some of the best terroir in Pomerol. The wine is polished and elegant, its pedigree obvious. Ripe black fruits. Plum. Lovely weight in the mouth. Fine grained tannins.

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.
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France

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Bordeaux

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Pomerol