Château Gazin 2016 - A.O.C Pomerol
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92.7 sur 100 based on 7 Average rating of the Experts
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Medium to deep garnet-purple in color, the 2016 Gazin features a beautifully perfumed nose of violets, Ceylon tea, cigar box, sandalwood and fallen leaves over a core of plum preserves, kirsch and blackberry preserves plus a waft of aniseed. Medium-bodied and elegant, with compelling restraint, it has a seductively plush texture, finishing with bags of poise, perfume and persistence.
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This is fresh in feel despite some frankly ripe cherry compote and plum pâte de fruit notes, with light floral and tea nuances imparting lift. Silky overall, with some sneaky grip at the very end adding length. Offers lovely, seductive fruit. Drink now through 2029. 7,083 cases made.
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Tight and silky with plum, blackberry and blueberry character. Medium-to full-bodied, firm and silky. Very linear and bright. A pretty follow-up to the stupendous 2015.
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Classic, almost savoury fruits here, among the most left bank in style of all the Pomerols with cassis and black pepper spice. It's a wine that steals up on you - I tasted it several times and became increasingly impressed by the construction and the measured delivery of excellence. A full 13% of Cabernets here, split between 5% Cabernet Franc and 8% Cabernet Sauvignon, the highest proportion of the latter for many years.
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Dark crimson. Rich, shiny, blackberry aromas. Sinew and a dry but not drying finish. A little austere and lacking juice but creditable. Correct.
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Nicolas de Bailliencourt, copropriétaire, annonce un assemblage avec 5 % de cabernet franc, 8 % de cabernet-sauvignon et le reste en merlot, deux tiers de la récolte seront consacrés au grand vin. Le fruit explose dans un jus de cerise avec une absence d’arômes boisés, malgré 45 % de bois neuf. Dans un esprit fin et salin.
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The 2016 Gazin is bold and powerful, yet also retains striking freshness and energy throughout. Sweet red plum, blood orange, wildflowers and mint are some of the many notes that are delineated in this super-classy, refined Pomerol. All the elements come together effortlessly in the glass. The 2016 is not a big Pomerol; rather, it is a wine that impresses with its nuanced expression of the vintage. Hints of smoke, tobacco and grilled herbs add closing shades of complexity. Tasted two times.
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Descended from the high lords of Landas, whose crest they bear, the Bailliencourt dit Courcols belong to the one of the oldest families of the Artois (north of France). The addition of “known as Courcol” goes back to 1214, when Philippe-Auguste, the King of France, congratulated one of the members of the family for his exploits during the Battle of Bouvines, calling him “court col” (literally “short neck” or of compact build). The family motto became: “fut par vertu Courcol” (Courcol through virtue).

At the beginning of the 20th century, Louis Soualle, great-grandfather of the current owners, acquired Château GAZIN, the management of which his descendants now provide all their care. The descendants of Louis Soualle represent the 5th generation of vineyard owners both on the paternal and maternal side.

The terroir of Château Gazin

Château GAZIN’s vineyard covers an area of 26 hectares, in a single holding, on the upper terrace of the Pomerol terroir.The terroir at Château Gazin consists of Gunzian gravel on the surface and a subsoil of blue and green clay with iron oxides (iron residues).As is characteristic of great terroirs, these clays (smectites) ensure that the vines have a reasonably stable supply of water.Château GAZIN’s terroir essentially consists of the clay-gravel subsoil of the Pomerol plateau.

The vines are cultivated using traditional growing methods and an environmentally-friendly approach with ploughing, organic fertilizers, minimum use of pesticides (including mating disruption).

The harvests are carried out by hand, as each plot reaches perfect ripeness.The grapes undergo an initial sorting in the vineyard, carried out by the pickers.Two further sorting stages take place in the vat room, before and after removal of the stalks,to optimize the quality of the fruit.

The château Gazin

The vineyards of Pomerol gradually developed between the 12th century andthe French Revolution under the aegis of the knights of Saint-Jean of Jerusalem, Rhodes and Malta.Château GAZIN, which was a hamlet in the 18th century, is probably located on the site of the “Hospital of Pomeyrols”,built by the knights to receive pilgrims on the Santiago de Compostela route.This was the inspiration for the name of the property’s second wine “l’Hospitalet de Gazin”.

Winemaking in the cellars

Alcoholic fermentation takes place in small concrete vats, separated by grape variety and plot,the juice and skins are then left to macerate for two to three weeks. The free-run wine is then drawn off and kept separate from the wine obtained by pressing the residue (“marc”).The second fermentation, or malolactic fermentation, is then carried out, each grape variety being kept separate,either in barrels or vats, depending on the quality of the batches.

The wines are then transferred to oak barrels (50% new barrels).They mature for eighteen months, during which the wines are progressively blendedduring meticulous rackings approximately every three months.

The contact with the fine lees and the oak tannins gradually adds structure and complexity,enabling the production of wines that can be laid down and that will improve over time.

Technical sheet

  • The producer
    Château Gazin
  • Type of wine
    Non Classified
  • Appellation
  • Superficy
    26 hectares
  • Age of the vines
    45 years
  • Harvests
    100% hand harvested
  • Barrels
    45% of new barrels
  • When should you drink it?
    Drink between 2024 and 2042
  • Wine apogee
  • How is it now?
    Encore jeune on doit le garder en cave
  • Service temperature

The vineyard

This Red wine (Non Classified) from Pomerol is made with a vineyard that has an area of 26 hectares by Château Gazin. The average age of the vines is 45 years. The harvest for this wine are 100% hand harvested.

Into the cellars

This wine has remained 18 months in Oak barrels. For this wine, the estate has made the choice to incorporate 45% of new barrels.


The birth of viticulture in Pomerol was marked in the 12th century by the installation of the order of the Hospitallers of Saint John of Jerusalem, who built a hospice in Pomerol serving as a stopover for pilgrims on their way to Saint Jacques de Compostela . The vineyard is attested from the Middle Ages, mentioned among the destruction of the Hundred Years War. The Pomerol vineyard is favored by the proximity of the town of Libourne, which has a small port for exporting wines.
The Pomerol vineyard is located on the plateau descending in successive terraces towards the Isle Valley, at the confluence of the Dordogne.
The soil of this plateau is formed on the surface of more or less compact gravel; clay and sandy. Everywhere the basement contains iron oxides which are called in the iron grime region.