2005 Chateau Rauzan-Gassies 3.0 L

Year: 2005
Appellation: Margaux
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 85-88
Wine Advocate: 92
Vinous Media: 85-87
Wine Enthusiast: 91-93--Jeff Leve: 87
Red Wine


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"Plum and berry character with hints of toasted oak. Medium-bodied, with fine tannins and a fruity finish. Can't see how this will be as great as 2000. Score range: 85-88–JS " (WS)

"Significantly better from bottle than it was from barrel, the 2005 Rauzan-Gassies appears to be the finest wine this estate has ever produced. Dense purple-hued with a beautiful perfume of camphor, creme de cassis, licorice, bay leaf, and incense, it is a full-bodied, stunningly concentrated, broad, rich Margaux with lovely integrated tannins. This backward 2005 will handsomely repay cellaring. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2030+." (WA)

"Good full ruby. Blackberry pastille, licorice and violet on the nose. Juicy, moderately dense and dry; rather powerful for this Margaux, perhaps a function of extraction. Concentrated but distinctly dry-edged on the back, with tough tannins. Also tasted: 2003 Rauzan-Gassies*." (VM)

"91-93 Barrel sample. Solid, dry tannins, very firm and hard, but they are also ripe. The wine has high extraction, very dark fruit flavors, but resists being too huge. This could well turn out to be a very elegant wine." (WE)

"Better on the nose, with its earthy, tobacco, cedar wood, red berries and forest scented aromatics than on the medium bodied, fresh, bright, crisp and clipped palate. Stylistically classic in its nature, some tasters are going to like this wine more than others. 87 points - Tasted Feb 20, 2016" (JL) Winery Notes:
The Château Rauzan Gassies cellar is home to bottles that are remarkable in terms of age and size. The oldest bottles date back to 1944. Thanks to regular upkeep, refilling and new corks, we have preserved the vintages with great cellaring potential over time. Approximately two-thirds of our vintages are kept in the cellar. Thanks to chateau cellaring, those who love old vintages can enjoy the full expression of the wine. The cellar is not only a family heirloom, it is also a vital quality reference tool for our blending process, when we craft a new vintage by comparing it to older vintages.