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Snooth User: John Andrews

Chateau Gazin?

Posted by John Andrews, Dec 23, 2010.

Any opinions about this Bordeaux producer?  It's been recommended to me many times. 

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Reply by MReff, Dec 24, 2010.

very heavy on the Merlot, which is typical for Pommerol.  I have had the 2007 at the UGC, pretty solid wine.  Bought the 2008 on futures and looking forward to trying that next month.  Dont think that you can go wrong with this producer, but a decant is definite for current vintages.

 

Mike

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Reply by John Andrews, Jan 4, 2011.

I think I'll check them out ... I need to find some smaller Bordeaux producers that are making some good juice.

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Reply by GregT, Jan 4, 2011.

Have some 1990, from when MReff was still a babe in the wine woods.  Good for the price I paid.  Is it the "best" wine in the world? No. But is anything in Bordeaux?  Not really. Still, if you want a good producer that puts out ageable wines, it's worth considering, IF you find a good year, i.e. not 2008.

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Reply by panoskakaviatos, Jan 5, 2011.

The 2000 is gorgeous. The 2001 is also quite good. I was a bit disappointed with the 1998, an otherwise excellent, even benchmark, vintage in Pomerol. The estate has been putting out some fine wine at least since 2000. Prices have gone up,too...

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Reply by dmcker, Jan 5, 2011.

I also enjoyed portions of the three bottles of 2000 I had at dinner this past autumn. Chase down that vintage if you can, John....

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Reply by John Andrews, Jan 6, 2011.

The cheapest I can find the 2000 is $75 a bottle, is it worth it? 

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Reply by dmcker, Jan 6, 2011.

Now that's a loaded question. What are your requirements for that level of expenditure?

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Reply by panoskakaviatos, Jan 6, 2011.

I have one bottle of the 2000 left, and the last time I tried it was at least three years ago. The question is loaded, but if you like Pomerol and you have the means, why not? IMHO, that price is not too crazy for a fine Pomerol. Gazin has excellent terroir on the little plateau; it does not come from the more southern, sandy soils of, say, Taillefeur. Because the appellation is very small by Bordeaux standards, it has become extra pricey, which explains the current expense of wines like Lafleur Petrus, La Conseillante, Trotanoy, VCC, and others in the already fabled 2000 vintage. In 2000, Gazin had not yet become very expensive, as it had not yet hit all cylinders. Owner de Bailliencourt also hired a new winemaking director I think in 2006, started to pick later and increase selections. But their 2000 is excellent, so, I would pull the trigger. 

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Reply by dmcker, Jan 6, 2011.

Good analysis, Panos. I would, too, John. Expand your understanding of Bordelaise wine expression, and enjoy a very different take on merlot than California provides....

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Reply by John Andrews, Jan 7, 2011.

I am trying to expand my palate with some Bordeauxs and I am intrigued by the right bank.  I'll see if I can dig some of these up and post my reviews. 

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Reply by dmcker, Jan 9, 2011.

Do let us know what you encounter, and how it grabs you. Always like to see Californiaiphiles meet the greater world... ;-)


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