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2018 Chateau Gazin

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2018 Chateau Gazin from Chateau Gazin, Pomerol, Bordeaux

As the light yields to the majesty of dusk, so does the 2018 Chateau Gazin from Chateau Gazin evoke an enigmatic allure in a glass. This quintessential Pomerol estate, nestled within the hallowed Right Bank vineyards, has once more graced the aficionados with a vintage that captivates and challenges conventional oenophilic wisdom.

 

Rare Harmony: The Sophistication of the 2018 Vintage

The 2018 vintage in Bordeaux was not without its tribulations; a season marked by trials that have yielded, much like overcoming personal adversity, a wine of unique character and resilience. The climatic pendulum swung from wet to warm swiftly, testing the mettle of viticulturists and vintners alike. Yet it's this very dance between nature's elements that has given rise to the grandeur that is the 2018 Chateau Gazin. Amidst such volatility, this wine emerges as an opus of balance and finesse.

 

Nectar of Persistence: Tasting Notes on a Trying Vintage

The 2018 Chateau Gazin effuses an aroma redolent with ripe plum and hints of graphite—a nod to its illustrious terroir. Swirling in one's glass, it reveals layers of complexity; dark cherries and subtle oak knit harmoniously with sturdy tannins, establishing a textural elegance reminiscent of vintage tapestries. On the palate precipitates a fusion wherein blackcurrant and spice deftly curtsy to an enduring minerality. There is longevity here, a prophecy of maturation that will entice any earnest wine investor's contemplation.

For connoisseurs seeking investment pieces with promising growth narratives, the 2018 Chateau Gazin articulates not simply a story of survival but of thriving against climatic caprice. It stands as testimony to the fortitude potential within Pomerol vintners.

 

A Confluence of Earth and Expertise

The confluence of adroit craftsmanship by Chateau Gazin's winemakers, balanced with the proverbial patience afforded by nature's less forgiving years, has brought forth this distinctive offering—one that possesses not only an investment appeal but also an indubitable sybaritic pleasure. For those looking to enhance their collection with a wine of notable pedigree and provoking flavour profile, the 2018 Chateau Gazin demands attention. Herein resides a bottle where each sip promises to unfold chapters of evolving narratives worthy of your cellar’s sanctuary.

Current market price

HK$6,430.00

12x75cl

Highest score

94

POP score

47.86

Scores and tasting notes

94-95

This is very tight and polished with a compact and beautiful palate of blackberries, currants and black olives. Full-bodied yet structurally solid with a very long finish.

James Suckling - jamessuckling.com - April 2019

93-96

Dark plum and blackberry reduction flavors pick up light ganache and licorice snap notes along the way. Has the vintage's grip on the back end, giving this a serious feel.—J.M.

James Molesworth - Wine Spectator - April 2019

93

Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2018 Gazin (a blend of 93% Merlot and 7% Cabernet Franc) leaps from the glass with vibrant notes of warm plums, black raspberries and kirsch, plus suggestions of wild mushrooms, fragrant earth, Sichuan pepper and tree bark. The medium to full-bodied palate delivers impressive energy with approachable, rounded tannins and a lively backbone framing the crunchy red and black fruits, finishing long and earthy.

Lisa Perrotti-Brown - The Wine Advocate, 31 March 2021

91-93

Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2018 Gazin (composed of 93% Merlot and 7% Cabernet Franc) has quite an earthy/broody nose to begin, with subtle black soil, tar and chargrill notes giving way to a core of prunes, baked blueberries and sautéed herbs. Full, muscular and chewy in the mouth, it has loads of earthy layers and a dried herbs lift on the finish.

Lisa Perrotti-Brown - The Wine Advocate, 23rd April 2019

92

This is a little less densely knitted than Gazin in some vintages, perhaps because there is no Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend, but it has clear blueberry fruits, with black chocolate and graphite edges. There’s plenty of personality and grip and the Gazin tannins flex their muscles at the close of play – it’s good, but for me the 2016 is a more classic example of the estate. 50% new oak was used. 3.67pH.

Jane Anson - Decanter - April 2019

91-94

The 2018 Gazin was impressive all three times I tasted it. Powerful and vibrant, with terrific persistence, the 2018 has more than enough supporting structure to balance the natural richness of the year. Grilled herbs, scorched earth, iron, licorice, mint and dried flowers give the red/purplish toned fruit a decidedly savory dimension that is hugely attractive. Some samples showed quite a bit of tannin, but the wine has more than enough breadth to develop beautifully during élevage and beyond. Tasted three times.

Antonio Galloni - Vinous - April 2019

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