1989 Chateau Gazin
By Chateau Gazin
1989 Chateau Gazin from Chateau Gazin, Pomerol, Bordeaux
In the tapestry of Bordeaux's diverse and sumptuous vintages, the 1989 Chateau Gazin from Chateau Gazin stands as a testament to what is achievable in a favourable year on the Right Bank. With four decades immersed in the world's finest wines, I find reviewing this particular vintage to be an exercise in admiration.
A Vintage of Substance and Elegance
The 1989 season bestowed upon Pomerol a gracious blend of climatic bliss – warm, dry conditions preceded by a milder spell which established an environment for vines to flourish under ideal ripening conditions. In this context, the 1989 Chateau Gazin emerged with a poise reflective of its impeccable upbringing. Revelling in its maturity, it delivers an intricate mélange of ripe blackberry, plum, and subtle earthy undertones that dance alongside whispers of truffle and aged leather – characteristics singular to the '89 vintage expression.
Investing in History
The pedigree of Pomerol is unrivalled for wine investment connoisseurs seeking both rarity and refinement. Amidst this elite group, the 1989 Chateau Gazin is eminently investable, exuding a complexity and charm that has evolved gracefully over years in bottle. Its provenance is as much a story to savour as the wine itself – wrapped in the folds of a spectacular vinous year where nature and vintner artistry reached a harmonious crescendo.
With tannins now velveteen and fully integrated into the wine's structure, it bespeaks nothing short of nobility. Its finish lingers with elegance and depth that only well-aged Bordeaux can espouse. For collectors and investors alike, securing allocations of this particular vintage presents an opportunity to own a slice of vinicultural majesty.
Infused with the cachet that time bestows, the 1989 Chateau Gazin from Chateau Gazin encapsulates not merely a particularly splendid Pomerol vintage but also embodies an oeuvre of meticulously crafted winemaking. A sublime choice for those looking to embellish their cellars with venerable bottles brimming with historic allure and appreciative potential.
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Scores and tasting notes
The 1989 Château Gazin has long been a favorite of mine. It was a reminder of how great this estate's wines can be in a period when it was falling behind the pack. Here, the 1989 continued to show well, although I feel that it may just be on the downward slope. It still has a delightful, earthy, wild mushroom bouquet with warm terracotta tiles on a hot summer's day. The palate is medium-bodied and unashamedly rustic in style, a little frayed at the seams maybe, but still, at its core, there is delightful earthy red berry fruit, clove and bay leaf notes. The nose actually has more to offer than the palate these days, but it will continue to offer drinking pleasure over the next decade, even if recent vintages courtesy of Nicolas de Bailliencourt have been superior. Tasted January 2016.
Neal Martin - The Wine Advocate, 28 July 2016