Chateau Rauzan-Gassies 2009 - 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||2019-2034|
2009 is unquestionably a great vintage in the entire Bordeaux vineyard. The sunny climate of the summer and September favored a high concentration of anthocyanins and aromas, a necessary, but not sufficient to qualify as a great vintage. It also requires that the balance between alcohol and acidity is at the rendezvous. Fruit quality has welcomed all observers and actors of this vintage, a tasty and delicate fruit that we find in all the wines that have not been harvested too late, one of the risks of the vintage, which can bring flavors some cooked and heavy. For those who have a just harvested ripe, we find this quality in a remarkable fruit tannins balance / alcohol / acidity that makes them relatively easy to sample young wines that are clearly tailored to the guard. It is therefore not found too far from a year like 2005, but with a less square ""and more open side Another characteristic of this vintage. The fairly general success in all the names and all types of wine either red of course, but also dry white or sweet wines. In the Medoc, the winter was a bit colder than usual but until March, the region benefited from prolonged sunshine, above the average of the last thirty years and conducive to good grape ripening. April was very humid, often stormy May Flowering, quick and even intervened early June. Summer moved, very sunny, without excess. The high water stress and good conditions allowed a perfect and complete maturation. September was ideal, alternating warm days and cool nights. The harvest, the vineyard was perfectly healthy in its great majority. On the right bank, in Saint-Emilion and Pomerol, the same climatic conditions were favorable for a very good year, maybe more responsible alcohol, however for the Merlot. Cabernet franc and sauvignon found a better balance. A Sauternes and Barsac, drought and moderate heat for six consecutive months gave perfectly ripe grapes, very rich in sugars (and alcohol), perhaps even more than 2005. The vegetative phase was of rare quality and cool nights summer preserved acidity and aromatic potential. The botrytis was superb, thanks to the rains of September 19 (without the announced deluges!) And hot and dry next three weeks. Yquem went his last grapes on October 19; as opulent 1990 as intense in 2003, concentrated in 2001 as magical as 1893, 2009 looks great, at least wait ... afterwards. "".