2010 Rauzan-Gassies, Margaux

SKU #1067222 90-91 points James Suckling

 Solid red, with lots of blackberry and toasted oak character. Full body, with velvety tannins and a chewy finish. Well-done for this estate.  (4/ 2011)

88-91 points 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.  (5/ 2011)

91 points Wine Enthusiast

 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.  (2/ 2013)

88-91 points Wine Spectator

 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.  (4/ 2011)

90 points 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.  (2/ 2013)

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By: Steve Greer |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 3/4/2013  | Send Email
Spice and cocoa on the nose. Lots of rich, juicy fruit. A value pick!

By: Clyde Beffa Jr. |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 3/4/2013  | Send Email
1/2*V Good flavor, clean, not pushed.

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Varietal:

Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.
Country:

France

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of France.
Sub-Region:

Bordeaux

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Specific Appellation:

Margaux

- Margaux is the southern most of all of the appellations of the Haut Medoc. Located near St. Julien, it has more cru classe producers than the other four villages of the area. In addition to the legendary Chateau Margaux, there are five second-growths: Rauzan Gassies, Rauzan Seglas, Dufort-Vivens, Lascombes, and Brane Cantenac. While more people are probably familiar with the third growth Chateau Palmer, there are nine other wineries with the same ranking in addition to a trio of fourth growths and a pair of fifth growths. Because Margaux is comprised of five communes… Margaux, Cantenac, Soussans, Labardes and Arsac, the wines styles are diverse throughout the region with the more masculine tannic wines coming from the Cantenac side of the appellation. Because of a high percentage of Merlot planted in the region, many wines from Margaux are more round, feminine, and exotic that the other appellations of the Haut Medoc.