Feminine and seductive, due to the dominance of the Merlot, Château GAZIN's wines can be enjoyed after a few years in the bottle, but usually they are worth laying down for fifteen, twenty years or more. Their sumptuous generosity offers a wide aromatic range of red and black fruit which harmonizes with their intense crimson or garnet red colour. They typically offer hints of plum, chocolate, coffee or liquorice, with aromas of almonds, toast, tobacco and vanilla, and a minty freshness.
With maturity they develop a spicy nose, with a hint of truffles, notes of undergrowth, game, fur and leather
The harvests are carried out by hand, as each plot reaches perfect ripeness. The grapes undergo an initial sorting in the vineyard, carried out by the pickers.
Two further sorting stages take place in the vat room, before and after removal of the stalks, to optimize the quality of the fruit.
Alcoholic fermentation takes place in small concrete vats, separated by grape variety and plot, the juice and skins are then left to macerate for two to three weeks.
The free-run wine is then drawn off and kept separate from the wine obtained by pressing the residue ("marc"). The second fermentation, or malolactic fermentation, is then carried out, each grape variety being kept separate, either in barrels or vats, depending on the quality of the batches.The wines are then transferred to oak barrels (50% new barrels).
They mature for eighteen months, during which the wines are progressively blended during meticulous rackings approximately every three months.
The contact with the fine lees and the oak tannins gradually adds structure and complexity, enabling the production of wines that can be laid down and that will improve over time.he estate can produce up to 100,000 bottles.
A second wine, an AOP Pomerol, l'Hospitalet de Gazin, was created in 1986 so that Château GAZIN could be made with only the best grapes from each harvest.After being bottled and placed in wooden cases on the property, the wine is distributed all over the world by wine merchants in Bordeaux. 86% of Château GAZIN's production is sold to wine lovers outside of France.
With the vintage 2015 the Château Gazin has the pleasure to propose to its amateurs a great wine. (But we already know that the 2016 vintage will also be excellent!). 82 000 bottles of this vintage 2015 were produced for Château Gazin and 22 000 bottles for the second wine of the estate: l'Hospitalet de Gazin. Or a yield of 36hl per hectare.
The grape harvest took place between 10 and 24 September (10, 11, 15, 18, then 21, 22, 23 and 24) for Merlots and 7 October for Cabernet Francs and Sauvignon. This spreading of the grapes by hand reflects our desire to harvest perfectly ripe grapes, but carefully avoiding the maturity in order to preserve freshness and complexity.
The great wine is 14.5 degrees /% and consists of 95% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc. The Cabernet Sauvignon were not retained for the assembly of the great wine and were integrated into the second wine. The Hospitalet de Gazin blends 82% Merlot and 18% Cabernet Sauvignon.
Château Gazin 2015 has a total acidity of 3.16 (in grams of sulfuric acid / liter), a pH (hydrogen potential) of 3.85 and a total polyphenol index of 84. The 18-month Made with 50% new barrels and 50% barrels of a wine. The second fermentation, malo-lactic, was carried out for half of the great wine in new barrels, the rest of the harvest traditionally making this second fermentation in concrete vats.
This Gazin castle bottled in June 2017 will have to finish its aging by an aging of some 8/10 years in your cellar to reach its full maturity. The wine will then have a lifespan of 15/20 years. Certainly you will be able to consume it without waiting for these 8/10 years of aging but it will then be necessary to decant it and leave it three or four hours in its decanter before consumption so that it develops its aromas and further enhances the elegance and finesse Of its tannins. It will then offer a nose of undergrowth, truffle, leather that will complement the notes of black and red fruits (raspberry, cherry cherry, blackcurrant, blackberry), incense, cedar, violet ... emanating from a Wine silky, ample and round, very long in the mouth.