2012 Gazin, Pomerol (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1129985 93-95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 This may be the first time in the history of this estate that Gazin has been made from 100% Merlot. That was the favored cepage (grape varietal) in 2012, and Gazin has produced a powerful, concentrated, dark plum/purple-hued wine displaying notes of balsam wood, forest floor, camphor, blackberries and cassis. As the wine sits in the glass, hints of white chocolate and espresso roast (no doubt from the barrels used) emerge. Full, rich and intense, this impressive 2012 reminds me of the 2001, only slightly more masculine. Give it 2-3 years of cellaring and drink it over the following two decades.  (4/ 2013)

90-93 points Wine Spectator

 Fleshy, ripe and enticing, with a singed mesquite note churning through the core of crushed plum, blueberry and blackberry paste flavors. Long and toasted on the finish, this remains polished and integrated. Opulent but not overdone.  (4/ 2013)

89-90 points James Suckling

 Aromas of fresh herbs and raspberries follow through to a full body, with silky tannins and a solid finish. A pretty core for fruit here. Slightly better than 2011.  (4/ 2013)

Jancis Robinson

 Dark crimson. Intense red-cherry fruit with a touch of pepper. Sweet, deep and generous. Tannins are firm and chewy but supple. Really nice fruit, finesse and fresh length. Drink 2016-2024. 17/20 points.  (4/ 2013)

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)

Wine Enthusiast

 Floral, fruity and juicy, this is a soft wine that has an overwhelmingly fragrant character. It’s lush and ripe, but with some attractive acidity on the finish.  (4/ 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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Varietal:

Merlot

- 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.
Country:

France

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Sub-Region:

Bordeaux

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Specific Appellation:

Pomerol