The 2012 Gazin has a complex, quite mercurial bouquet that seems quite confit in style at the moment. After five minutes it offers raspberry coulis, wild strawberry, marmalade and minerals. You could nose this all day! The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, crisp acidity, beautifully balanced with a harmony all its own. It glides across the mouth, so much so that it almost belies the structure underneath. This is seriously good—a top-drawer Pomerol with long-term ambitions. It may warrant an even higher score in the future. This is one to watch. (NM)
Among the richer, riper and most generous of the 2012 Pomerols under review, this 100% Merlot bottling from Château Gazin borders on opulence without quite overplaying its hand. It smacks strongly of currants and black cherries with a touch of plums to the side, and it is sure to please those who like an extra dollop of extracted fruit in their clarets. It is solidly framed with integral acidity and fine, firming tannins right where they should be, and its slight finishing toughness is entirely appropriate for its age. It is a Pomerol meant for the cellar and it should be set aside for at least six to eight years. *Two Stars*
Fleshy, with dark plum sauce and blackberry reduction flavors wrapped in a solid coating of toasty vanilla and carrying through a cocoa-edged finish. Still has some toast to absorb, but this features a pleasant bolt of graphite and good lingering fruit and anise notes. (JM)
Blackish crimson. Austere start with some tarriness and then a panoply of exciting aromas. Focused and exciting. Quite rich. 19/20 points (JR)
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