2010 Rauzan-Gassies, Margaux
Solid red, with lots of blackberry and toasted oak character. Full body, with velvety tannins and a chewy finish. Well-done for this estate.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
(85% cabernet sauvignon, 13% merlot and 2% petit verdot) Deep purple. Fragrant aromas of red cherry, blackcurrant and flowers. Supple, silky and sweet, offering good density and an attractive balance to its red fruit and mineral flavors. Finishes smoothly tannic, with sneaky concentration. I was very impressed by this Rauzan-Gassies, and I think it will improve considerably with time in bottle. Drink from 2016 through 2025.
With the 2009 and 2010 vintages, Rauzan-Gassies has hit its stride after many years of disappointments. This 2010 is powerful, fruity, dominated by Cabernet Sauvignon’s black currant flavor. There is a touch of barnyard at the end, but this is likely a passing phase.
Silky and stylish, with alluring spice and black tea notes leading the way for a rich core of crushed plum and boysenberry fruit. The finish is long and supple.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2010 is a very strong effort from this estate, which is situated next to the other, better-known Rauzan, Rauzan Segla. Dense purple, its sweet notes of underbrush, forest floor, licorice, black currants and a hint of lead pencil shavings are followed by a lush, ripe, surprisingly fleshy and succulent wine that is much more evolved and forward at this stage than when tasted from barrel. I thought this wine would need more cellar time, but it is actually approachable in spite of its size, richness and density. Give it several years of cellaring and drink it over the following 20+ years.