Chateau Rauzan-Gassies 2005 - Margaux 2eme Grand Cru Classe
The history of the area dates back to 1661, when Pierre de Rauzan, merchant on the Bordeaux Château Margaux and farmer, acquired the lordship of Gassies and its vineyards. His descendants continued his work until the Revolution, at which time the field is split between Rauzan-Ségla and Rauzan-Gassies. The property now belongs to the heirs of Paul Quie, a wine dealer who had bought in 1946. The family also owns the castles Bel Orme Tronquoy Lalande and Croizet-Bages. The vineyard of Château Rauzan-Gassies includes many small parcels spread over a fossil beds of the Garonne, providing a complete sampling of soil which illustrates the peculiarities of this region. In 1992 was built a new winery in stainless steel with a capacity of 4000 hectoliters. The wines of Rauzan-Gassies are raised 12 months in oak barrels, 50% new. They require several years of aging to reach their fullness.
|Bottle Size||0.75 L|
|Main grape||Cabernet Sauvignon|
|Grapes||60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35 % Merlot, 3,5% Petit Verdot|
|When to drink||2013-2025|
A homogeneous harvest grapes in perfect health and a relatively reasonable volume (6,000,000 hl): it is indeed an exceptional vintage! Ideal weather conditions from May - permanent sunshine without excess heat, very little rain and cool nights - enabled slow ripening characteristic of years of legendary Bordeaux. The Merlots are as successful as the Cabernet: intense and elegant fruit, balance, depth, richness, concentration and extreme freshness, not to mention an almost unlimited aging potential. Only time will tell us if they prove as great as in 2000, 1989 and 1982 which already readily compared. Sweet wines are as grandiose, offering a nice balance between sugar / alcohol / acidity, and delicious candied nuances, roasted and toasted, which blend fine woody notes. On a more classic style than the exceptional 2003 they are nevertheless comparable to the magnificent 2001 and 1997, or even greater.