A quintessential Pomerol with its beautiful red and blue fruits as well as floral, earth, and sappy herb aromas and flavors, the 2020 Château Gazin is medium to full-bodied and has wonderful purity, ultra-fine tannins, and no hard edges. It shines for its purity and elegance and is just a classy, thrilling wine.
Jeb Dunnuck (May 2021)Score: 94-96/100
I love this, extremely classic Gazin, which has depth and pep, and a jaunty feel to the black fruits. The freshness keeps the core of this wine firm from beginning to end, as do the chewy tannins. This is not an exuberant vintage but at this particular estate it suits the personality because it is always fairly old school and classic. For the first time no Cabernet Franc in the blend, just Cabernet Sauvignon. A yield of 35hl/ha. No added sulphur during fermentation. Tasted twice, there are plenty of tannins here but it is highly successful.
Jane Anson, Decanter (May 2021)Score: 94/100Drink 2029-2043
The 2020 Gazin, which contains no Cabernet Franc this year, has a wonderful bouquet of blackberry, raspberry, crushed stone and pressed iris petal scents, very focused and precise, that really whisks you down to Pomerol. The medium-bodied palate displays fine-grained tannins and a silver bead of acidity. Very sapid with a little more dryness on the finish than its peers, which gets the saliva flowing. Classic Pomerol through and through.
Neal Martin, Vinous (May 2021)Score: 94/100Drink 2026-2055
Deep purple-black colored, the 2020 Gazin rolls effortlessly out of the glass with upfront scents of baked black plums, stewed black cherries and mulberries, plus hints of spice cake, chocolate box and cracked black pepper. The medium to full-bodied palate has a solid backbone of firm, grainy tannins and plenty of freshness supporting the muscular black fruits, finishing savory.
Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (May 2021)Score: 92-94/100Drink 2024-2042
The 2019 Gazin is succulent, racy and forward. Super-ripe red cherry, kirsch, cedar and new leather are all laced together here. Deceptive in its mid-weight feel, the 2019 is racy and forward, with plenty of the vintage's radiance on display. Best of all, the 2019 should drink well right out of the gate.
Antonio Galloni, Vinous (May 2021)Score: 91-93/100
This is really fantastic with so much intensity and focus. Firm, linear tannins frame the wine beautifully. Polished and fine. It's full-bodied, yet tight and posed. Complex flavors of blackberry, black olive, mushroom and bark. Persistent finish. Best of the trilogy?
James Suckling (April 2021)Score: 96-97/100
Full bottle 1,360 g. Cask sample taken 6 April. 90% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. Vines 39 years old. This is apparently the first time ever they have not included Cab Franc in the blend. Deepest crimson to purplish rim. Pure and fragrant with cassis and blackberry, the fruit shining above the oak though the oak is evident at this stage, of course. An attractive touch of stone dust on the nose. On the palate, dry and chewy texture but fresh and nicely structured with the fruit. Not as powerfully built as some but attractive in its slightly lighter touch, the tannins refined. Blind, I would have thought this had more than 10% Cabernet. Juicy freshness on the finish.
Julia Harding MW, jancisrobinson.com (April 2021)Score: 16.5/20Drink 2027-2035
There’s a lovely herbaceous edge to the nose here, with delicate florals and white-pepper spice, that make it feel quite pretty and dainty. The alcohol is beautifully balanced, and there’s a lovely purity and texture to the palate. This is supple and silken, with lovely core of plummy fruit, cut by a red berry freshness, while the finish has a mineral, crushed chalk edge.
FINE+RARE (April 2021)