2011 Gazin, Pomerol
Still quite primal, with fleshy plum skin, warm raspberry confiture and dark roasted woodspice notes still wrestling a bit with each other. A bit thick on the finish as this seems to have aimed for extraction; it will need to develop some finesse during the élevage for balance.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Gazin is normally a big, backstrapping Pomerol as its vineyard sits between Lafleur and Petrus. However, the 2011 is a softer, more gentle effort with a deep plum/purple color and a sweet bouquet of balsam wood, damp earth, black cherry jam, licorice and a hint of tomato skin. Medium to full-bodied and deep, this Gazin is closed and slightly unformed. I suspect there is more to this wine than it revealed on the several occasions I tasted it. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2028.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Good medium-deep red. Blackcurrant, plum, smoke, iron and mint on the nuanced nose. Juicy, bright and penetrating, with nicely delineated flavors of plum, minerals and lead pencil. Finishes with firm, dusty tannins and a lingering note of blackcurrant. This will need time.
This firmly tannic wine has a dry character that lays over lighter fruits. With soft spice and some sweetness, this wine is developing already.