2008 Chateau Gazin
By Chateau Gazin
The 2008 Chateau Gazin from Chateau Gazin, Pomerol, Bordeaux
In the tapestry of Pomerol vintages, the 2008 iteration from Chateau Gazin weaves its magical threads with adroit subtlety. This particular year, which could easily have been overshadowed by its illustrious neighbours in 2009 and 2010, stands its ground as one offering remarkable personality and formidable potential for exquisite maturity.
The Nuanced Nobility of 2008
While the year was marred with bouts of inclement weather requiring astute vigilance in the vineyard, Chateau Gazin emerged with a wine that provides a testament to the resilience and intricate skill of Pomerol winemaking. The moderate temperatures led to an extended growing season, ensuring that the Merlot, with whispers of Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon, reached their phenolic ripeness without undue haste.
The result at Chateau Gazin is a vintage which offers a bouquet of dark fruits laced with truffle and subtle oak - a complex fragrance that invites contemplation. On the palate, tannins are assertive yet refined - akin to finely woven silk rather than rustic tweed - showing potential to mellow gracefully over time.
From an investment standpoint, the 2008 Chateau Gazin stands as a compelling proposition. It's an artefact of a vintage just beginning to hit its stride in secondary markets and poised to reward those who can discern quality and anticipate maturation curves accurately.
A Melody of Earth and Elegance
Taste reveals a wine that dances cleanly across the palate with a balance of acidity, fruit and structure that sings Pomerol through and through. There is both poise and power here; the hallmarks of Chateau Gazin's deft craftsmanship evident in every sip. The finish lingers just long enough to remind one of its pedigree and poise amid the constellation of Bordeaux's finest.
Semi-mature now, it's a vintage marked by its earthy grace and restrained elegance; a resplendent choice for investors seeking to diversify with finesse. 'Tis truly a narrative roped in the deep-rooted vines of Pomerol – the 2008 Chateau Gazin is thus poised to augment collections with its distinguished presence.
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Scores and tasting notes
Gazin’s 2008, a structured, masculine style of Pomerol, reveals a dense plum/purple color in addition to a gorgeous perfume of licorice, mocha, black currants, plums and Asian spices. Firm, dense and full-bodied with stunning concentration, it represents a hypothetical blend of its two near-by neighbors, Lafleur and Petrus. Congratulations to Gazin on another fabulous effort that still seems to be under most consumers’ radar. The 2008 should drink well for 20-25 years.
Robert Parker Jr - The Wine Advocate, 1 May 2011