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2016 Château du Gazin Canon Fronsac: Bordeaux, France


Tasting Notes

This is a big yet elegant Bordeaux red. Notes of dark berry, mocha and smokey oak. Great balance and tannin structure allowing this wine to be very approachable, yet this wine still has room to age, allowing to further its complexity and soften its tannins.

Winery Details

The Château du Gazin is located on the famous Right Bank alongside the Saint Emilion and Pomerol appellations. It hides in a superb valley which cuts through the Fronsadais plateau and overlooks the course of the Dordogne.

Built in 1532, this former seigneury already produces great wines thanks to its exceptional terroir. In 1715, under the leadership of Anne Bayard, the Château and the cellars as we know them today emerged. Only the original dovecote is preserved.

The estate was acquired in 1935 by Georges Robert, originally from Burgundy. Demobilized in Libourne at the end of the 14-18 war, he settled there. First a wine merchant, he later acquired several properties including the Château du Gazin. His nephew Henri took over at the end of the 1960s.

In 2004, Georges-Antoine, then 25 years old, took over the reins. The domain is then in bad shape and it is necessary to take up many challenges with limited means. The bet has been met and the Château du Gazin now produces consistent, quality wines that reap...sorry...harvest the rewards.

But the greatest reward comes from our customers, who grow in number every year, and from their compliments and encouragement.

2016: Silver medal Vinalies Internationales (oenologists from France) & 91/100 James Suckling

Wine Summary

Winery/Producer: Château du Gazin

Grape(s): 85% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, 5% Malbec

Style: Red, still

Origin: Canon Fronsac, Bordeaux, France

Vinification: Hand-harvested, temperature control fermentation in stainless. Natural fermentation with native yeasts.

Aging: Aged in French oak barrels.

% ABV: 14.05%