Chateau Rauzan-Gassies 2010 - 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||1.5 L|
|Main grape||Cabernet Sauvignon|
|Grapes||60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35 % Merlot, 3,5% Petit Verdot|
|When to drink||2020-2035|
2010 is undeniably one of the greatest achievements ever recorded in Bordeaux, particularly for red wines. Coming just after 2009, very beautiful too, 2010 is emerging as a classic vintage. The great wines of the Medoc unveil a perfectly ripe fruit, explosive. The wines show good acidity and an impressive tannic structure, which can predict a very long aging. In fact, for the red, all sliders are at their maximum or almost. There is both an optimum ripeness of the grapes which nevertheless retain a great freshness, which has not always been the case in 2009, for example. Specialists so close as in 2005, another great vintage of the decade, as 2010 will be a vintage of very high guard. For the small disadvantage of this vintage profile is that these wines are quite closed in their youth. We feel a great frame on the palate, but is relatively expressive on the aromatic plan. The opposite of a 2009 that was always kind in his youth, easy to enjoy its fruit. If the grapes were exceptionally healthy, their relatively high alcohol content made for the relatively delicate winemaking fermentations were party to last and it was necessary to extract the material with great skill to avoid excessive extraction at the end of vinification. 2010 is also wonderful for sweet wines of Sauternes and Barsac, superior to very good in 2009 as it has the finesse and more wealth. In the opinion of all specialists, it's also a very successful vintage in all areas of these two names, each at his level, of course. A beautiful vintage with a beautiful acidity that balances exceptional richness. Probably already very close to the mythical 2001. The dry whites are not left with much elegance and aromatic freshness.