Château Gazin, Pomerol 2020
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The Dufour familys stewardship of this beautiful 26-hectare estate is currently 5 generations strong and with a third grand vintage in barrel, they are clearly well-poised to only strengthen that position.
The property itself is planted almost entirely to merlot, with a mere 7% to cab sauv and finally 3% to franc. You can see why: Gazins 40-year-old merlot vines, planted on a clay-gravel terroir render a vibrancy and fragrance of fruit which the 2020 vintage shows in abundance. Here, refined tannins and delightful touches of minerality provide extra spark that is beautifully rounded by a typical 18 months in 50% new oak.
In a year when the right bank generally fared so well - Pomerol particularly - it is certainly looking tempting.
"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."
94 pts. Neal Martin, www.vinous.com
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