Deep ruby, still with a tight rim. Ripe, cooked fruit, such as black plum & berry. On the palate, opulence from vintage 2001, giving also concentrated and balanced with fruitiness, mineral, flint, lead, wet leaves, all coated by cocoa and mocha. The finish is reasonably long and leaves a Graves impression by its very natural acidity. Smooth, elegant and velvety with a medium body, this is a good quality easy drinker with some complexity.
The first tasting with this wine was done more than a year ago and the taste remains at the same level in the second tasting this week.
As this is a 2001 wine before the new owner who is now employing the famous Michel Rolland, this wine gives more traditional Pessac-Léognan taste with even more excellent value. Oak maturation is 15 to 18 month; the majority of red grapes (55% Cabernet-Sauvignon and 45% Merlot) on dry gravel and clay hilltop on the left bank of the Eau Blanche river. The same people of Grand Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan Malartic-Lagravière is now making the wine.
Noted with honours in the classic Féret guide in 1874 because of its wine quality and terroir on a superb gravelly hilltop in Léognan, this 33-ha property was part of “Château Gazin” until 1995 when it took on its current name of Château Gazin Rocquencourt.