Pomerol - Chateau Gazin
Pomerol is a French wine-growing commune and Appellation d'origine contrôlée (AOC) within the Libournais ("Right Bank") in Bordeaux. The wine produced here is predominately from merlot with cabernet franc playing a supporting role.
Over the years, Chateau Gazin was sold and resold to numerous owners before it was bought by descendants of the current owners in 1917. The Bailliencourt family assumed control of the estate in 1946. Also included in that sale was Chateau La Dominique located in the neighboring St. Emilion appellation.
The Bailliencourt family sold Chateau La Dominique in 1969 to the Fayat family. Nicolas de Bailliencourt began managing Chateau Gazin in 1988. Under the direction of Nicolas de Bailliencourt, the wines began improving. His first step was to discontinue machine harvesting and begin manual picking again. He also lowered the yields.
Chateau Gazin has very good neighbors. They share borders with Petrus and lEvangile! In fact, in 1969, Chateau Gazin sold 5.5 hectares of vines to Petrus. While the sale helped the cash starved property cover their tax liens, the loss of those vines reduced the quality and perhaps the quality of Chateau Gazin.
The vineyard of Château Gazin covers an area of ??26 ha in one piece located on the high terrace of the terroir of Pomerol. It is planted with the grape varieties of 90% merlot, 7% cabernet sauvignon and 3% cabernet franc.
The annual production averages 8,000 cases of the Grand vin Château Gazin, and 2,000 cases of the second wine l'Hospitalet de Gazin.