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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.
The 2010 vintage of Château Gazin is, no doubt, like most of the 2010 Bordeaux , a great wine. This vintage will age well for the next 30 years and even longer without difficulty. It is a Bordeaux-styled- wine different from the very good 2009. Indeed the later is very powerful and tastes like a "big wine". But Unlike the 2009 this 2010 is very refined and sweet, offering a good generous volume in the mouth yet is still well balanced, with a fine finish. The finish will improve as this wine is still very young.
The wine has 14,5 degrees of alcohol but you cannot really feel it as the tannins are ripe. Furthermore, their heavy texture is delicate, enough to balance the high alcohol level. The oaky taste due to the raising up in casks is very discreet and goes well with a complex nose of red and black fruit, tobacco, almond, vanilla and chocolate hints. In mouth the wine feels silky and has a long finish.
There is no trace of heaviness in this lively and fresh wine. The Cabernets francs and Sauvignon (14%) perfectly match this merlot (86%) wine. After a 10 year ageing period this 2010 will offer, in addition to the above notes the traditional Pomerol fragrances: truffle, undergrowth, fur, leather and will accompany red meats, game animals and game birds exceptionally well. Château Gazin produced 78,000 bottles of the 2010 vintage (and 34,000 bottles of its second label: Hopitalet de Gazin) with a 39 hl yield per hectare.
Drought and cool temperatures contribute to optimal ripeness
The sum of summer temperatures in 2010 was close to that of summer 2009 (962°C compared to 982°C), but decidedly chillier than those of 2005, which totalled 1052°C. These cool temperatures had a substantial influence on the balance of our wines, preserving a good level of acidity and attractive aromatic freshness.
Very little rainfall (only 267 mm) from March to August 2010 generating a drought of similar intensity to that of 2005, when only 227mm of rain fell.
Another feature of the 2010 vintage is the low temperatures above all in the first three weeks of August, which made for the preservation of good levels of acidity in the grapes while also maintaining attractive aromatic freshness.