The estate’s Bordeaux wine vineyards are large for the Pomerol appellation. They cover a total of 64.2 acres. The vineyards are in one single parcel, which is also unusual for Pomerol, where many of the vineyards consists of non contiguous parcels. The terroir of Gazin is gravel with clay and iron deposits and is situated on the Pomerol plateau.
Chateau Gazin has good neighbors. They share borders with Petrus and L’Evangile! In fact, in 1969, Chateau Gazin sold 12.5 acres to Petrus. While the sale helped the cash starved property cover the tax liens, the loss of those vines reduced the quality and perhaps the quality of Chateau Gazin. Further exacerbating the loss of quality was when the estate switched to machine harvesting in 1979, which was coupled with an increase in yields. Both practices have been discontinued.
The 26.5 hectare vineyard of Chateau Gazin, located in the north east section of the Pomerol plateau is planted to 90% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Cabernet Franc. The vineyard has vines averaging 30 years of age and is planted to a vine density ranging from 5,500 to 6,000 vines per hectare. The terroir has a top soil of sand and gravel with a clay subsoil. In time, the plan is to add more Cabernet Franc and reduce the percentage of Merlot in their Right Bank vineyards.
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