1997 Chateau Gazin
By Chateau Gazin
1997 Chateau Gazin from Chateau Gazin, Pomerol, Bordeaux
In the tapestry of Pomerol vintages, the 1997 Chateau Gazin from Chateau Gazin embroiders its own distinguished pattern. The 1997 growing season in Pomerol was marked by a mild, wet winter followed by a fairly warm summer, granting the Merlot and Cabernet grapes sufficient sun-kissed ripeness. It was not without its challenges, yet the deft team at Chateau Gazin managed to circumvent potential perils leading to a vintage worth noting for its unique articulation of their exceptional terroir.
Deciphering a Unique Vintage
The 1997 Chateau Gazin presents with a deep garnet hue that whispers of its maturity. Approach it, and yesteryear's fragrance of truffles mingles with earthy undertones - a true homage to nostalgic Pomerol bouquets. This is a reflective wine: on the palate, it offers ripe plums and dried cherries dashed with subtle spice - notes that echo the epitomised grace of an autumnal Bordeaux forest.
The moderate but opulent body of this 1997 vintage is kept aloft with just enough acidity to bestow freshness that belies its years. Its charmingly evolved tannins allow for an elegance on the finish that only time can orchestrate. Given its maturity, this wine resonates with profound complexity, every sip unravelling new layers. While approachable now, this particular offering from Chateau Gazin speaks volumes about the longevity inherent in Pomerol’s terroir.
A Mature Investment: The 1997 Vintage
Wine investors will appreciate how the 1997 Chateau Gazin stands as an exemplar of stability amidst Bordeaux's ocean of collectable vintages. It delivers both an exceptional drinking experience and carries sufficient name and provenance to make it a candidate for an intellectual addition to well-curated portfolios.
Let us toast to this harmonious coalescence of nature’s benevolence and human expertise - a narrative bottled up in every delicate glass of 1997 Chateau Gazin from Chateau Gazin. A vintage whose story, like fine claret, deepens and enriches with the passage of time.
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Scores and tasting notes
A dark plum color is accompanied by an exotic nose of roasted espresso beans, sweet cherry jam, and lavish toasty oak. Soft, round, and medium-bodied, with attractive fruit, this wine pushes the oak to its limit, but there is no doubting its luscious fruit and seductive, open-knit style. Drink it over the next 8-9 years.
Robert Parker Jr - The Wine Advocate, 20 April 2000