At only 300 hectares, the appellation of Canon Fronsac is less than half the size of Houston's Memorial Park! However, because it sits on high ground just West of Pomerol on Bordeaux's Right Bank, grape growing has been practiced here for many centuries. Chateau du Gazin, for example, was founded in 1532 and there had already been grape production there for many years by then. This makes little Chateau du Gazin significantly older than many of the better known chateaux of the Left Bank, such as Mouton or Lafite Rothschild which were still marsh land when du Gazin was already a century old! It was to this tiny region that the Robert family came in 1935 to purchase a 24 hectare vineyard. This was one of the worst periods in Bordeaux's history with a tremendous crash in wine prices, the Great Depression and the dark days of World War II still ahead. Despite all of these trials the Robert family has continued to produce quality wine for 80 years now!
The vines at du Gazin average 40 years of age-considered prime age for optimum quality wine. Du Gazin is produced from a blend of 85% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon and interestingly, 5% Malbec!
The result is a supple, smooth and rich wine. This wine won a Silver Medal at the Concours de Bordeaux.