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Chateau Rauzan Gassies Margaux Second Growth, Bordeaux wine producer profile, with wine tasting notes, wine ratings, a history of the property, information on wine making and terroir, along with wine tasting reviews. If you want to read about other important, Bordeaux Chateaux: Links to all Bordeaux Wine Producer Profiles

Chateau Rauzan Gassies started out life in the middle of the seventeenth century. At the time, it was a part of the gigantic Rauzan estate owned by Pierre de Mesures de Rauzan. The massive Bordeaux wine property was over time split up again and again. By the time of the 1855 Classification, the once vast Margaux estate had given birth to not only Rauzan Gassies, but Château Rauzan Segla, Château Marquis de Terme and even Château Desmirail. After World War 2, in 1946, Chateau Rauzan Gassies was sold to Quié family. They still own Chateau Rauzan Gassies today as well as Chateau Croizet-Bages in Pauillac and Chateau Bel Orme Tronquoy de Lalande, a Cru Bourgeois estate in the Medoc.

The 28.5 hectare, Left Bank, Bordeaux vineyard of Chateau Rauzan Gassies has a terroir of gravel and sand soils. The vineyard is planted to 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot. The average age of the vines is 35 years. The vineyard is planted to a vine density of 10,000 vines per hectare. Chateau Rauzan Gassies is one of the very few Classified Growths that do much of their vineyard work, using machine harvesting. Currently, 50% of the vineyards areharvested by machine. The wine of Chateau Rauzan Gassies is vinified in temperature controlled, stainless steel vats that range in size from 25 hectoliters to 150 hectoliters. The vats are new, having been installed after a renovation and modernization of the estate that was completed in 2013. At Rauzan Gassies, they now practice co-inoculation, which means that the alcoholic fermentation and malolactic fermentation take place at the same time. The wine of Rauzan Gassies is aged in 30% new, French oak barrels for an average of 12 months.

On average, Chateau Rauzan Gassies produces close to 11,000 cases of Margaux per year. There is a second wine, Chevalier de Rauzan Gassies.

With the terroir of Chateau Rauzan Gassies, one would hope they would produce better wines. But the wines have been weak at this estate for over 50 years. Due to a leasing arrangement, Chateau Rauzan Gassies could be changing hands in about 2015. The Quie family began a renovation of the estate in 2013.

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Wine Tasting Notes

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  1. 2013 Château Rauzan-Gassies

    1. Light in color and concentration, the wine focuses on bright, crisp, pomegranate, cranberry and cherry tones. 82-84 Pts

      83 points - Tasted
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  2. 2012 Château Rauzan-Gassies

    1. Medium bodied, dominated by red berries, with a lean, cranberry, cherry finish. 86-89 Pts

      87 points - Tasted
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  3. 2009 Château Rauzan-Gassies

    1. From a blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot and 2% Petit Verdot, the wine opens with blackberry, pepper, earth and forest smells. Medium/full bodied and slightly rustic in its traditional approach, some tasters might like this more than others.

      88 points - Tasted
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  4. 1961 Château Rauzan-Gassies

    1. Smoke, tobacco, earth and sour cherry aromas, no fruit and too much acidity were the best of this bottle. The tart, sour red berry finish was undrinkable. If your looking at abottle with less than perfect provenance, it's not something you want to buy or drink. I have had better bottles on different occasions.

      65 points - Tasted
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    2. Better in the nose than the mouth, with its earthy, leathery, 5 spice aromas, this wine was dried out, tart and lacking in pleasure.

      75 points - Tasted
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    3. This showed light ruby with bricking color. Spearmint, cassis, tobacco, smoke, cedar and metal aromas were easy to find. Medium bodied, with soft textures on the palate, the wine ended with a dark cherry finish with some tartness at the end. This fully mature Bordeaux wine is not going to improve. Drink up

      87 points - Tasted
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    4. Little complexity in the perfume. It reminded me of dusty, tobacco laden fruit. In the mouth the finish was clipped short because a sour note seemed to intrude. Not a lot going on to enjoy. While not dead, it was gasping for air.

      70 points - Tasted
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  5. 1959 Château Rauzan-Gassies

    1. This fully mature Bordeaux opened with smoke, tobacco, damp earth, fresh cut leaves and light berry aromatics. Medium bodied and slightly rustic in texture, this light Margaux will appeal to fans of light, traditional styles, more than it did to me.

      83 points - Tasted
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