CHÂTEAU GAZIN

CHÂTEAU GAZIN

POMEROL
Owner:
Nicolas & Christophe de Bailliencourt
Manager:
Nicolas & Christophe de Bailliencourt
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Like many of Bordeaux's wine properties, Château Gazin has had its ups and downs. Yet since Nicolas de Bailliencourt started managing it in the late 1980s, it has regularly produced excellent wines.
CHÂTEAU GAZIN

Gazin's origins go back to the 15th century, and an estate called La Barrauderie. Pomerol had been a stopping-point for pilgrims from all over Europe on their way to Santiago de Compostella in Spain. It is said that the Knights of Malta had built a manor and a church in Pomerol as well as a hospital, on the site of which the future Gazin was founded.
Gazin was acquired in 1917 by a wine merchant, Louis Soualle, who also bought Château La Dominique in Saint-Emilion. It was his daughter who married Edouard de Bailliencourt dit Courcol. The de Bailliencourts were descendants of the high Lords of Landas. One of their ancestors, after fighting valiantly in the battle of Bouvines in Flanders, was given the nickname "Courcol", or short neck, by the King of France, Philippe Auguste.

Although the land is relatively flat in Pomerol, Gazin’s extensive vineyard lies on clay and gravel soil at the top part of the Pomerol plateau, alongside those of Petrus and Château L’Evangile. This is an early-ripening zone, but it suffered greatly from frost in 1956.
The dominant grape variety of the Appellation is Merlot which thrives on the alluvial clay of Pomerol, making up 70% of the grapes planted, followed by 25% of Cabernet Franc, and 5% of Cabernet Sauvignon. At their best, Pomerol wines are full-bodied with a velvety texture and a bouquet of ripe, spicy berry fruit that can take on scents of truffles and violets.
The grapes are fermented in small cement vats. The malolactic transformation takes place in barrel, and the wine is then aged for 18 months in barrel (50% new) following local tradition. During ageing the wine is racked to separate it from its lees. It is fined with egg whites and, if necessary, given a light filtration before bottling.

Gazin is an elegant expression of the Pomerol style, smooth and velvety with aromatic complexity: aromas of red fruit, undergrowth and truffles. An elegant, harmonious wine.