Château Gazin : Evolving greatness on the Plateau

May 2017 - Estates

Adjacent to other great vineyards, Château Gazin is undoubtedly a top producer on Pomerol’s clay-gravel plateau, hallowed ground in the appellation. The vineyard is planted to 90% Merlot supplemented with touches of Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. These last two bring additional structure to the wines giving them over 20 years of aging potential in the best vintages. What is Gazin’s style? The wine is naturally opulent with ripe, pure and fresh fruit. Will global warming impact the profile of Gazin over time? Nicolas and Inès de Bailliencourt dit Courcol follow the work in the vineyards and in the winery very closely to minimise the effects of this phenomenon and to preserve Gazin’s fresh style. More precisely, this growth is … Continue reading Château Gazin : Evolving greatness on the Plateau

Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste : vibrant and immutable

May 2017 - Estates

Its wines feature in the tasting notes of all the specialist guides and publications. But you have to go back to 2013 and a small review in *Le Point if you want to read a press article about François-Xavier Borie and his property, Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste. Let’s just say that instant fame built around much-hyped sunny vintages is not for this discreet property. In terms of quality, consistency is key, vintage after vintage for over 30 years. Far from shutting off this property in a form of blind conservatism, this ultimate quest for regularity and continuity in all areas is, on the contrary, its principal asset. A privileged meeting at the Château enlightened us on the subject. In local patois, “Grand-Puy”, … Continue reading Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste : vibrant and immutable