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History

Descended from the high lords of Landas, whose crest they bear, the Bailliencourt dit Courcols belong to the one of the oldest families of the Artois (north of France).

The addition of "known as Courcol" goes back to 1214, when Philippe-Auguste, the King of France, congratulated one of the members of the family for his exploits during the Battle of Bouvines, calling him "court col" (literally "short neck" or of compact build). The family motto became: "fut par vertu Courcol" (Courcol through virtue).

 

Louis Soualle, the current owners' great-grandfather, acquired Château GAZIN in the early 20th century, and it is now managed with the greatest of care by his descendants.The descendants of Louis Soualle represent the fifth generation of owners of wine-growing estates on both the paternal and maternal sides.

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Vineyards

The vineyards of Pomerol gradually developed between the 12th century and the French Revolution under the aegis of the knights of Saint-Jean of Jerusalem, Rhodes and Malta.

Château GAZIN, which was a hamlet in the 18th century, is probably located on the site of the "Hospital of Pomeyrols", built by the knights to receive pilgrims on the Santiago de Compostela route. This was the inspiration for the name of the property's second wine "l'Hospitalet de Gazin".

Château GAZIN's vineyard covers an area of 26 hectares, in a single holding, on the upper terrace of the Pomerol terroir. The terroir at Château Gazin consists of Gunzian gravel on the surface and a subsoil of blue and green clay with iron oxides (iron residues). s is characteristic of great terroirs, these clays (smectites) ensure that the vines have a reasonably stable supply of water. The vineyard is planted with 90% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Cabernet Franc.
The average age of the vines is 35 years. The vines are planted with a density of 5,500 to 7,000 per hectare.

The vines are cultivated using traditional growing methods and an environmentally-friendly approach with ploughing, organic fertilizers, minimum use of pesticides (including mating disruption), and manual harvests.

Château GAZIN's terroir essentially consists of the clay-gravel subsoil of the Pomerol plateau.

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Winemaking

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.

The 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.

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The wines of Château Gazin 

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…

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 Juha Lihtonen / The Best Scandinavian Sommelier 2003, Pro (Finland)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Gazin . In a tasting of  14 wines 

Inspired by James Bond – No Time to Die, we included Château Angelus 2003 (96p) in our Tour de France dinner. What a crowd pleaser. Rich and intense. In wonderful condition now but left no  doubt that this wine will evolve beautifully another 5-10 years. The aristocratic La Mission Haut-Brion 1998 (97p) shone on a par with Angelus, with its classic charming style. The joker of the eve, Stag's Leap Artemis 2014 (92p) served with aged hard cheeses was a true charmer with its dense finesse.

2m 4d ago

 Markus Del Monego MW , Wine Writer (Germany)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Gazin . In a tasting of  10 wines 

2018 performed very well in the tasting at Château Nenin, which was arranged by Pomerol Séduction. 10 wines of this renowned vintage were on show and proved that the vintage has won on stature and character since the en primeur tasting in spring 2019.                 

4m 6d ago

 Markus Del Monego MW , Wine Writer (Germany)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Gazin . In a tasting of  650 wines 

2020 – the paradox vintage 


2020 began with mild temperatures even breaking temperature record highs at the beginning of February. These conditions led to a premature budbreak. Budding developed unevenly, very much depending on the locations although the coo and humid weather in April had not a very significant impact on slowing down the growth of the vines. Finally all the vines came into bloom at the end of May without any significant coulure or millerandage. At the start of June, frequent rain intensified the pressure of mildew. From mid-June, the weather changed. The whole Bordelais saw a period of very dry weather for two months. However, the earlier accumulation of water reserves prevented water stress. Around July 18 a heat wave began to build up but the cool nighty prevented water stress on the wines again. The veraison started at the end of July and went on till the beginning of August. The heatwave in August accentuated water stress, but shorter rainy episodes avoided a complete block. The dry and sunny weather in September encouraged the grapes maturity and harvest started on September 10 with a rather mild weather. Towards the middle of September, rain prevented the fruits from wilting but as its frequency was quite concerning, the haves was pushed forward. "Le diabolique" is the title given to this vintage by Véronique Sanders. It is a very special French word, which is not correctly translated with “diabolic” in English. In France, the expression means to overcome the devil. And the vintners succeeded. 2020 is clearly a vintner’s vintage which asked a permanent reinvention of the wineries, struggling hard with this difficult vintage. However, the vintage surprises with excellent wines, exemplary freshness and elegance and very dense structure. In former times it was said that the vine has to suffer to make exquisite wines, in this vintage the people have suffered to make a great wine. The first part of notes for this tasting with over 800 wines you will find today. More notes will follow over the coming days.

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 Château Gazin  has updated producer and wine information

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 Camille Meyrou / Château Smith-Haut-Lafitte, Wine Producer (France)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Gazin . In a tasting of  27 wines 

A couple of Blind an half blind tastings with friends recently

11m 9d ago

 Markus Del Monego MW , Wine Writer (Germany)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Gazin . In a tasting of  32 wines 

The Union des Grands Crus hold the en primeur tasting at the Palmengarten in Frankfurt. A great opportunity to get some more samples to complete the tasting notes and to re-taste some of the wines tasted earlier. 

1y 6m ago

 Neal Martin, Wine Writer (United Kingdom)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Gazin . In a tasting of  25 wines 

The 1961 Palmer is a wine that tends to deliver upon its gargantuan reputation and we were rewarded with an exemplary bottle here. It has a clear colour with modest bricking on the rim. The bouquet is difficult to encapsulate into words – utterly ethereal. Heavenly definition, almost Burgundy-like in purity with traces of pencil box and pressed violets. It grows in stature with each swirl of the glass and leaves you transfixed. The palate is bestowed beguiling balanced, almost symmetrical, framed by filigree tannin and pitch perfect acidity. Like the aromatics it coheres with aeration, the fruit undiminished by time even if it is no blockbuster. Quite the opposite – this 1961 Palmer is the apotheosis of finesse with just a hint of balsamic on the aftertaste. This Margaux can bring you to tears of joy. Tasted at the 1961 dinner Chairman Miaow’s in Hong Kong.

1y 10m ago

 Stuart Pigott, Wine Writer (United Kingdom)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Gazin . In a tasting of  22 wines 

Château Haut Brion 2009 / Extravagant and exotic, but still lively, this is a super-concentrated and elegant wine that's already breathtaking, yet has enormous aging potential. Plenty of wet earth and mushroom character alongside the cassis and blackberry aromas. Super-long, perfectly balanced finish. Drink or hold. (Horizontal Tasting, London, 2019) 100 points

2y 1m ago

 Laura Monari / Wine Importer, Pro (Italy)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Gazin . In a tasting of  20 wines 

Cheval Blanc 2018 / Big tannins and powerful fruit go together in this finely perfumed wine. It has a smoky backdrop, with intense fruits and juicy acidity. It is so fruity and juicy now, though the tension behind the fruit suggests that it will mature quickly and then be at its peak for many years. 98 points

2y 8m ago

 Markus Del Monego MW , Wine Writer (Germany)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Gazin . In a tasting of  100 wines 

Bordeaux 2018 - TOP 100 Wines. "The best vintage of my live" says Christian Moueix of the Ets. Jean Pierre Moueix in Libourne. In fact, 2018 is a vintage with wonderfully ripe tannins which taste almost sweet and are characterizing wine with excellent structured. However this vintage was everything else than easy-going. The first six months of the year saw the complete annual rainfall for the Bordeaux region, over 800mm. Mildew attacked the grapes, what meant a reduction in quantity but as the leaves have not been attacked the maturity process continued and the lower yields brought concentrated grapes. Another problem where hailstorms bringing further damage. Some Châteaux like Château Guiraud have lost the complete harvest. "We went from hell to heaven" summarizes Véronique Sanders from Château Haut-Bailly in Pessac-Léognan the vintage. After the deluge in the first half of 2018, there was a dramatic change for the second half bringing great, dry weather with a lot of sun. The partially high daily temperatures were in change with lower night temperatures and created a tension for aromatic wines. The correct amount of extraction and maceration was crucial and some vintners have changed their maceration processes and made great wines with a lot of freshness. These vintners are amongst the winners of the vintage. If 2018 will belong to the greatest vintages in Bordeaux for the overall production might show the future. However already today there is a number of Châteaux performing 

2y 9m ago

 Shun Lâu / Wine dealer, Wine Merchant (China)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Gazin . In a tasting of  23 wines 

Château Troplong-Mondot 2009 / Producing a remarkable Saint-Emilion red wine from a 33-hectare vineyard, planted on the clay and limestone plateau east of Saint-Emilion, Château Troplong Mondot is an estate classified 1st Growth. The blend contains 86% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc and 4% Cabernet Sauvignon.


This magnificent wine displays a very particular colour, that of black cherry with hints of violet. On the nose, the Château Troplong Mondot 2009 is deep, quite fresh and rich. One can detect notes of black fruits on the nose, along with wood, vanilla and spicy fragrances. On the palate, this wine is intense, showing great power. This wine is exceptionally rich with integrated, tight and sweet tannins. The wine offers an incredible length in the mouth, fine and very fruity.

3y 24d ago

 Christer Byklum  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Gazin . In a tasting of  30 wines 

Bottle variations on 1928? 1948? One magic dinner with all bottles coming directly from the estates and all ending in 8.

3y 6m ago

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