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Château Rauzan-Gassies

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2023
92
Freshness, flowers, ripe, fruits, soft-tannins, and a relaxed approach work well here. The wine is medium-bodied, with vibrancy in the fruits, and lift in the currant, chocolate, espresso, and licorice-filled finish. Drink from 2028-2043. 91-93 Pts.

Freshness, flowers, ripe, fruits, soft-tannins, and a relaxed approach work well here. The wine is medium-bodied, with vibrancy in the fruits, and lift in the currant, chocolate, espresso, and licorice-filled finish. Drink from 2028-2043. 91-93 Pts.

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2022
92
Flowers, black raspberries, currants, spice, and licorice create the aromatic profile. On the palate, the wine is medium-bodied, soft, supple, and forward, finishing with black currants, cherries, touches of spice, and savory herbs on the backend of the chalky finish. Drink from 2026-2040. 91-93 Pts.

Flowers, black raspberries, currants, spice, and licorice create the aromatic profile. On the palate, the wine is medium-bodied, soft, supple, and forward, finishing with black currants, cherries, touches of spice, and savory herbs on the backend of the chalky finish. Drink from 2026-2040. 91-93 Pts.

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2021
85
Bright, fresh, crisp red berry and citrus oriented wine with a chalky, dusty finish for early-drinking pleasure. Drink from 2024-2030.

Bright, fresh, crisp red berry and citrus oriented wine with a chalky, dusty finish for early-drinking pleasure. Drink from 2024-2030.

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2021
92
Flowers, tobacco leaf, mint and bright, vibrant red cherries express the character of this medium-bodied, energetic offering. The finish continues along the same path with a minty-edge to the bright, red cherries in the mid-palate and on the backend of the finish. Drink from 2025-2040.

Flowers, tobacco leaf, mint and bright, vibrant red cherries express the character of this medium-bodied, energetic offering. The finish continues along the same path with a minty-edge to the bright, red cherries in the mid-palate and on the backend of the finish. Drink from 2025-2040.

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2020
93
Plums, cherries, chocolate, and flowers emerge with no effort. Silky, fresh, soft, and polished, this is what Margaux elegance is all about. There is length, vibrance, and purity in the fruits that linger in the long, refined, polished finish. As I wrote in my barrel tasting notes, clearly, this is a big step up from previous vintages. You must go back to 1928 to taste a wine from Rauzan Gassies this good. Drink from 2024-2050.

Plums, cherries, chocolate, and flowers emerge with no effort. Silky, fresh, soft, and polished, this is what Margaux elegance is all about. There is length, vibrance, and purity in the fruits that linger in the long, refined, polished finish. As I wrote in my barrel tasting notes, clearly, this is a big step up from previous vintages. You must go back to 1928 to taste a wine from Rauzan Gassies this good. Drink from 2024-2050.

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With a beautiful, deep hue, the wine pops with its floral, dark pit fruit, espresso, smoke, licorice and spice perfume. On the palate the wine is rich, full and with a solid depth of flavor, finishing with layers of concentrated, silky, lusciously textured black, red and blue fruits. Clearly, this is a big step up from pervious vintages. From what I've tasted, you have to go back to 1928 to taste a wine from Rauzan Gassies this good. 91-93 Pts

With a beautiful, deep hue, the wine pops with its floral, dark pit fruit, espresso, smoke, licorice and spice perfume. On the palate the wine is rich, full and with a solid depth of flavor, finishing with layers of concentrated, silky, lusciously textured black, red and blue fruits. Clearly, this is a big step up from pervious vintages. From what I've tasted, you have to go back to 1928 to taste a wine from Rauzan Gassies this good. 91-93 Pts

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2019
92
Rauzan-Gassies has been on a roll lately and 2019 continues its positive trend. Medium-bodied. soft, polished, fresh, and vibrant, the chewy, red fruits come with an intriguing, orange citrus, espresso, and spice accent on the nose and palate. The fruit has a smoked, savory edge with a nice floral background note. Drink from 2024-2040.

Rauzan-Gassies has been on a roll lately and 2019 continues its positive trend. Medium-bodied. soft, polished, fresh, and vibrant, the chewy, red fruits come with an intriguing, orange citrus, espresso, and spice accent on the nose and palate. The fruit has a smoked, savory edge with a nice floral background note. Drink from 2024-2040.

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2018
89
Medium-bodied with leafy red fruits, herbs, flowers and soft textures on the palate, this wine only requests a few years in the cellar before it is ready to be enjoyed. 88-90 Pts

Medium-bodied with leafy red fruits, herbs, flowers and soft textures on the palate, this wine only requests a few years in the cellar before it is ready to be enjoyed. 88-90 Pts

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2017
87
Forward, medium-bodied and already showing off its bright, almost crunchy red fruits, earth and herbs, you can enjoy this with just a bit of time in the cellar.

Forward, medium-bodied and already showing off its bright, almost crunchy red fruits, earth and herbs, you can enjoy this with just a bit of time in the cellar.

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Medium bodied with an herbal, leafy accent to the bright red fruits, a few years in the cellar will add more complexity and softness to the wine.

Medium bodied with an herbal, leafy accent to the bright red fruits, a few years in the cellar will add more complexity and softness to the wine.

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2016
88
On the bright red side of the style range, the wine is medium-bodied with nice floral overtones and a crisp, lean herbal and sharp red fruit finish.

On the bright red side of the style range, the wine is medium-bodied with nice floral overtones and a crisp, lean herbal and sharp red fruit finish.

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Medium-bodied and floral with ripe fruits and a lean character, this wine is produced in an old school, traditional style.

Medium-bodied and floral with ripe fruits and a lean character, this wine is produced in an old school, traditional style.

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2015
89
Medium-bodied with tobacco and cassis at the forefront, this wine gives a strong, green olive sensation in the mouth, which subtracts from the overall experience. 88 - 90 Pts

Medium-bodied with tobacco and cassis at the forefront, this wine gives a strong, green olive sensation in the mouth, which subtracts from the overall experience. 88 - 90 Pts

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2014
87
The focus is on bright, crisp red fruits. This medium-bodied, lighter, fresh, style of Margaux will be best in its youth. 86-88 Pts

The focus is on bright, crisp red fruits. This medium-bodied, lighter, fresh, style of Margaux will be best in its youth. 86-88 Pts

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2013
83
Light in color and concentration, the wine focuses on bright, crisp, pomegranate, cranberry and cherry tones. 82-84 Pts

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

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2012
87
Medium bodied, dominated by red berries, with a lean, cranberry, cherry finish. 86-89 Pts

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

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2010
89
Medium bodied, with a cherry, tobacco tinged, floral nose. Soft, but with firm tannins, and a finish that is about its red berry freshness, more time is still required here, for this to come together.

Medium bodied, with a cherry, tobacco tinged, floral nose. Soft, but with firm tannins, and a finish that is about its red berry freshness, more time is still required here, for this to come together.

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2009
88
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.

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.

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2005
87
Better on the nose, with its earthy, tobacco, cedar wood, red berries and forest scented aromatics than on the medium bodied, fresh, bright, crisp and clipped palate. Stylistically classic in its nature, some tasters are going to like this wine more than others.

Better on the nose, with its earthy, tobacco, cedar wood, red berries and forest scented aromatics than on the medium bodied, fresh, bright, crisp and clipped palate. Stylistically classic in its nature, some tasters are going to like this wine more than others.

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2004
83
Light in color, fruit, complexity and probably fully mature.

Light in color, fruit, complexity and probably fully mature.

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1961
88
Much better than previous bottles, while light, it was soft, elegant, and packed with currants, cranberries, tobacco, cigar box, cedar, and forest aromas. The finish was a bit short but pleasant while it lasted. Drink 2023-2026.

Much better than previous bottles, while light, it was soft, elegant, and packed with currants, cranberries, tobacco, cigar box, cedar, and forest aromas. The finish was a bit short but pleasant while it lasted. Drink 2023-2026.

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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.

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.

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

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

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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

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

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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.

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.

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1959
83
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.

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.

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1928
92
This is a beauty. Ripe, red berries are made even better with wet forest floor, tobacco leaf, smoke, truffle and earthy scents are all over the place. The tannins have some strictness, but the elegance of the Margaux appellation tires to poke through.

This is a beauty. Ripe, red berries are made even better with wet forest floor, tobacco leaf, smoke, truffle and earthy scents are all over the place. The tannins have some strictness, but the elegance of the Margaux appellation tires to poke through.

1,976 Views   Tasted