Château L'Hospitalet de Gazin
Pomerol, Right-bank, Bordeaux
Today Château Gazin is located on the site of a hospital built in the 18th century by the Knights of St. John. Once it was the site of a town and the hospital was situated on the road built by the Knights to host pilgrims heading to Santiago de Compostella, hence the name of the estate's second wine, "l'Hospitalet de Gazin." However, the vineyards can be traced as far back as the 12th century.
Gazin's superb vineyards encompasses several connecting blocks of land that comprise 70 acres in total of wh ich 60 are under vine - this makes it the most extensive of Pomerol's elite growths. The are made up of 90% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Cabernet Franc which thrive in a clay and gravel soils which in turn cover a iron-pan subsoil known as "crasse de fer." The result is wines of finesse, elegance and balance, harmoniously supported by a vigorous structure which gives them their great ageability. Traditional methods of viticulture and vinification are used with no use of chemical herbicides. All the grapes are harvested by hand followed by fermentation in lined concrete vats. Ageing is achieved in barriques.
It wasn't until 1986 that l’Hospitalet de Gazin was created as the second wine to Château Gazin. Demand was immediate and now there is world-wide distribution and is distributed worldwideunder the eye of Jean-Pierre Moueix. The wine itself has become famous for its high quality and inexpensive price while Château Gazin continues producing some of the finest wines from the right bank.