2012 Chateau Gazin
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2012 Chateau Gazin from Chateau Gazin, Pomerol, Bordeaux
Surveying the pantheon of Bordeaux excellence, the 2012 Chateau Gazin from Chateau Gazin distinguishes itself with a consummate grace that mirrors the narrative of its birth vintage. This particular year in Pomerol was one of deliberation and forbearance, with vignerons across the board contending with climatic fickleness that culminated in wines replete with surprises.
A Tapestry of Terroir and Time
The 2012 vintage captures a snapshot of resilience; the early tribulations of a cool spring gave way to a resplendent summer, ensuring that the merlot-dominated assemblage reached maturity with a finesse that belies the season’s initial austerity. The resulting wine is a testament to the prowess with which Chateau Gazin navigated this capricious year. The poise and depth that are hallmarks of Pomerol terroir shine through in the glass.
Vintage Virtuosity: The Mark of 2012
On approaching the 2012 Chateau Gazin, one is greeted by an opulent bouquet redolent of dark plums and a subtle hint of truffle – emblematic whispers of Pomerol's esteemed earth. It unfurls on the palate with layered complexity, interwoven tannins providing structure without overshadowing the expressive fruit core. While some critics hastily dismissed the broader vintage as intermediate, those patient enough to delve beyond face-value impressions will find in this offering from Chateau Gazin a masterclass in understated elegance.
The potential for evolution and sophistication in this wine cues well for fine wine investors seeking to anchor their portfolios with resilient classics. It is an astute addition that promises gradual unveiling of nuances over time without foregoing early approachability – an enticing proposition for both collector and connoisseur alike.
As we reflect on the spectrum of Pomerol excellence, the 2012 Chateau Gazin stands out as a vintage marked by adversity but crafted into artistry – a narrative captured within each bottle geared towards those who invest not only in wine but also in legacy. An illustrious exhibit from an oft-overlooked chapter, it affirms that even in less exalted years, true craftsmanship at Chateau Gazin prevails.
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Scores and tasting notes
Tasted blind at the Southwold Bordeaux tasting. The 2012 Gazin has a complex, quite mercurial bouquet that seems quite confit in style at the moment. After five minutes it offers raspberry coulis, wild strawberry, marmalade and minerals. You could nose this all day! The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, crisp acidity, beautifully balanced with a harmony all its own. It glides across the mouth, so much so that it almost belies the structure underneath. This is seriously good—a top-drawer Pomerol with long-term ambitions. It may warrant an even higher score in the future. This is one to watch. Tasted January 2016.
Neal Martin - The Wine Advocate, 28 October 2016