The 2018 Gazin is very seductive on the nose with small dark cherries, wild strawberry, truffle and tobacco notes unfurling in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with grainy tannins, good backbone and precise black fruit laced with white pepper and bay leaf. This is quintessential Gazin with wonderful salinity on the finish. A classy offering from Nicolas Baillencourt that will age with class. Drink 2024-2050.
|Score: 92/94||Neal Martin, vinous.com, November 2019|
Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2018 Gazin (composed of 93% Merlot and 7% Cabernet Franc) has quite an earthy/broody nose to begin, with subtle black soil, tar and chargrill notes giving way to a core of prunes, baked blueberries and sautéed herbs. Full, muscular and chewy in the mouth, it has loads of earthy layers and a dried herbs lift on the finish.
|Score: 91/93||Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (April 2019), April 2019|
This is very tight and polished with a compact and beautiful palate of blackberries, currants and black olives. Full-bodied yet structurally solid with a very long finish.
|Score: 94/95||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, April 2019|
The 2018 Gazin was impressive all three times I tasted it. Powerful and vibrant, with terrific persistence, the 2018 has more than enough supporting structure to balance the natural richness of the year. Grilled herbs, scorched earth, iron, licorice, mint and dried flowers give the red/purplish toned fruit a decidedly savory dimension that is hugely attractive. Some samples showed quite a bit of tannin, but the wine has more than enough breadth to develop beautifully during élevage and beyond. Tasted three times.
|Score: 91/94||Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, May 2019|
93% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc; 50% new oak. Barrel sample.
Inky core, purple rim. Rich, dark and seductive on the nose. Toasty oak and ripe fruit. Thick, chalky tannins gum up your mouth and there's more alcohol than freshness. Challenging and not really integrated – acid seems to stick out on the end? (JH) 13.5%
|Score: 15.5||Julia Harding MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2019|
Rich and peppery on the nose with fleshy, seductive blue fruits and sweet fanilla. The palate is succulent and ripe, with very juicy black fruits but hints of herbal, savoury notes that provide the balance and harmony. The plush, rounded tannins allow the complex sweet and savoury elements of the fruit to shine on this long, enduring and classically styled Pomerol.
|Score: 16.5||Farr Vintners, Farr Tasting, April 2019|
A rock star in the making, the 2018 Château Gazin is made from 93 %Merlot and 7% Cabernet Franc. Rich, powerful, and medium to full-bodied, it has s serious feel in its structure and tannin as well as awesome notes of candied cherries, cassis, chocolate, and crushed rocks. With beautiful purity, it builds beautifully on the palate and has both richness and elegance. It’s going to benefit from short-term cellaring and cruise for 20+ years.
|Score: 94/96||Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com, May 2019|
(93 Merlot, 7 Cabernet Franc) | 14.5% alc There is some nice depth of fruit on the nose and it leads with this theme as opposed to oak, which is a relief. The palate is juicy and ripe and the finish manages to maintain this fruit, too. It is a big wine, but everything is in proportion and the oak, while quite prominent, does not overtake the wine.
|Score: 17.5+||Matthew Jukes, MatthewJukes.com, April 2019|