Weinwisser: "Verhaltener Beginn, zarte rotbeerige Konturen, viel Würze dahinter, schwarzer Pfeffer, eingelegte Nelken und dunkles Graphit. Am konzentrierten Gaumen seidige Textur, engmaschiges Tanninkorsett, fein mürbe werdend, massiver Körper. Im verkapselten Finale kleine schwarze Beeren, Wacholder und sandige Adstringenz, kann noch zulegen."
Suckling: "Firm, grainy tannins accompany the core of black fruit and bark. Medium-bodied. Stone character. Mineral, with tangy acidity."
Wine Advocate: "The 2021 Gazin is a fine effort, unfurling in the glass with aromas of sweet red berries, cherries, plums, incense and raw cocoa. Medium to full-bodied, layered and concentrated, it's rather rich and elegantly muscular in the context of the vintage, with a deep core of fruit, powdery tannins and bright acids. Mildew pressure combined with wet conditions that made it impossible to enter the vineyard with tractors delivered low yields of only 18 hectoliters per hectare, and the grand vin is entirely Merlot this year."
Wine Cellar Insider: "Produced from 100% Merlot, the wine opens with notes of flowers, mocha, black cherry, and wet earth. Round, fleshy and fresh, there is lift and brightness to all the sweet, dark cherries and plums in the earthy, sweet, lifted finish. Yields were quite low this year at only 18 hectoliters per hectare, which is less than half the normal production. Drink from 2025-2042."
Neal Martin: "The 2021 Gazin has a harmonious, defined bouquet of red and black fruit laced
with black truffle and well-integrated oak. The palate is medium-bodied with
slightly tough tannins on the entry. A much more linear Gazin compared to
recent vintages, leading to a sapid finish. It pulls up a bit short now, but it
should fill out during élevage."
Decanter: "Dark chocolate, perfume and black fruits on the nose, plus fragrant rose and iris petals. Succulent yet quite densely mouthfilling straight away, the chalky salinity and bitter chocolate-edged tannins in full force, gripping the tongue and cheeks with a blueberry, raspberry and black cherry fruit pulp. It certainly has the density that others in the vintage don't, but it's missing the elongation and refinement of some. You do get fully ripe fruit here, though, the acidity underneath and a plushness that should see this through ageing nicely."
Falstaff: "Dunkles Rubingranat, violette Reflexe, zarte Randaufhellung. Zart nach Edelholz, dunkle Beerenfrucht, ein Hauch von Gewürzen, etwas Nougat. Mittlerer Körper, rotbeerig, schlanke Textur, frisch strukturiert, mineralisch, zart salzig im Nachhall."
Chateau Gazin, Chemin de Chantecaille, 33500 Pomerol, Frankreich