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SommSelect: Château Gazin, L'Hospitalet de Gazin Pomerol, Right Bank, Bordeaux 2008 - SommSelect

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Château Gazin, L'Hospitalet de Gazin Pomerol, Right Bank, Bordeaux 2008


Sometimes wines present themselves and you wonder why the price is so low for its lineage. Today’s wine, the Château Gazin, is a great example of this and is one of my all time favorite Bordeaux producers. The estate is located next door to Château Petrus, considered by many to be the greatest Bordeaux made on earth, and fetches over $1000 per bottle on release. Luckily today you will spend a fraction of the cost to have a snapshot of this incredible terroir of Pomerol, located very close to the famous town of Saint-Émilion. This red, which is the second wine of Gazin, is on the verge of peaking and will continue to drink perfectly over the next 5-10 years.


The present day Château Gazin is located on the site of a hospital built in the 18th century by the Knights of St. John. The hospital was built along the path forged by the Knights to host pilgrims on their way to Santiago de Compostella, hence the name of the estate's second wine, "l'Hospitalet de Gazin". The vineyards planted here can be traced further back, in documents back to the 12th century. Gazin's vineyards (90% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Cabernet Franc), the most extensive of Pomerol's best growths, cover a single, contiguous block stretching across 70 acres of which 60 are planted in vines. These thrive in a clay and gravel soil which covers a subsoil of "crasse de fer", an iron-rich layer, and produce a wine appreciated for its finesse and elegance which are harmoniously supported by deep structure which lends the wine superior longevity. Viticulture and vinification are carried out traditionally; no chemical herbicides are used, grapes are harvested by hand, fermentation done in lined concrete vats, followed by ageing in barriques.
 
In 1986 l’Hospitalet de Gazin was created as the second wine to Château Gazin, a deep, complex, and delicious wine which is surprisingly from the younger vines of the estate. The wine has a dark ruby core moving to heavy oranging on the rim, typical of maturing right bank wines. Intense and dark aromas are driven by notes of red and black currants, wilting violets, wet clay, drying tobacco, leather, tree bark, crushed stones and a touch of exotic spices. The palate is earth driven and dense with concentration fueled by favors of clay, tobacco, wet herbs, black currants and anise. This wine is incredible and drinks like a bottle twice its price. This wine needs a quick 30 minutes decant, then please serve into large Bordeaux stems at roughly cellar temperature and watch the wine open up as the temperature rises over the next hour or two. To pair this wine with a specific dish, stick to the classics; a simple Filet Mignon dinner, served rare, with roast vegetables will allow this wine to shine.
The present day Château Gazin is located on the site of a hospital built in the 18th century by the Knights of St. John. The hospital was built along the path forged by the Knights to host pilgrims on their way to Santiago de Compostella, hence the name of the estate's second wine, "l'Hospitalet de Gazin". The vineyards planted here can be traced further back, in documents back to the 12th century. Gazin's vineyards (90% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Cabernet Franc), the most extensive of Pomerol's best growths, cover a single, contiguous block stretching across 70 acres of which 60 are planted in vines. These thrive in a clay and gravel soil which covers a subsoil of "crasse de fer", an iron-rich layer, and produce a wine appreciated for its finesse and elegance which are harmoniously supported by deep structure which lends the wine superior longevity. Viticulture and vinification are carried out traditionally; no chemical herbicides are used, grapes are harvested by hand, fermentation done in lined concrete vats, followed by ageing in barriques.
 
In 1986 l’Hospitalet de Gazin was created as the second wine to Château Gazin, a deep, complex, and delicious wine which is surprisingly from the younger vines of the estate. The wine has a dark ruby core moving to heavy oranging on the rim, typical of maturing right bank wines. Intense and dark aromas are driven by notes of red and black currants, wilting violets, wet clay, drying tobacco, leather, tree bark, crushed stones and a touch of exotic spices. The palate is earth driven and dense with concentration fueled by favors of clay, tobacco, wet herbs, black currants and anise. This wine is incredible and drinks like a bottle twice its price. This wine needs a quick 30 minutes decant, then please serve into large Bordeaux stems at roughly cellar temperature and watch the wine open up as the temperature rises over the next hour or two. To pair this wine with a specific dish, stick to the classics; a simple Filet Mignon dinner, served rare, with roast vegetables will allow this wine to shine.





Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-Region Pomerol
Varietal 90% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Cabernet Franc
Production n/a
Alcohol 13%
Oak French-Partial New
Soil Clay
Farming Sustainable
TASTING PROFILE

Fruit

Earth

Body

Tannin

Acid

Alcohol
TECHNICAL INFORMATION

Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-Region Pomerol
Varietal 90% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Cabernet Franc
Production n/a
Alcohol 13%
Oak French-Partial New
Soil Clay
Farming Sustainable
SommSelect: Château Gazin, L'Hospitalet de Gazin Pomerol, Right Bank, Bordeaux 2008 - SommSelect SommSelect: Château Gazin, L'Hospitalet de Gazin Pomerol, Right Bank, Bordeaux 2008 - SommSelect

$42

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