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Community Tasting Notes (52) Avg Score: 90.7 points

  • Dark purple ruby. Cedar, lead pencil, violets on the nose. Deep, rich flavors of red and dark fruits. 2000 vintage is a big one, and this wine is very young and has a long time to go. Nevertheless, it has the stuff that makes Bordeaux lovers of many of us. From the first sniff, you know you hold substance.

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  • i had a chance to find this out at my local once again. It amazes me that a good Margaux from a massive vintage like 2000 could be so horribly underrated.

    This was put in the decanter and drank over 3+ hrs. Massively strong tannins with muscles, even more than my two previous bottles as well as some serious structural tannins and the acids and mineral to back up the floral, violet and dark red and blue fruit medley. Great but integrating tannins along with everything showed what great structure thus underrated second growth really has. This has easily 5-10 more years of evolution in the positive. I really wish I had a big ribeye or strip steak to pair this with. A great wine. I will try to find as soon as possible. I thought it had sold out long ago. Highly recommended.

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  • Smooth, velvety, and elegant. Rich dark fruit with strong hints of smoke on the finish. Needs a bit of time to open up. Very nice wine.

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  • Much the same as the bottle opened a year ago, this continues to impress. It does need opening in the morning or decanting if you forget, to give plenty of time for aeration. Once fully unwound, the bouquet is a beguiling mix of blackcurrant, raspberry liqueur and spices, with a slight earthiness and hints of flowers. In the mouth, it's big, full bodied, with blackcurrant, leading into dark cherry, then blackberry and a touch of leather, before finishing on a dusty, elegant note of typical Margaux finesse. It still needs a few more years to shed the tannins which continue to give it a slight astringency, but it could then turn into an outstanding wine.

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  • S FL WS Group Welcomes VinT (Chez JC & FKG, Hollywood, FL): Classic old school Bordeaux, medium body and acidity, with only 12.5% alcohol and some cedar notes on the finish. Less floral on the nose than I would have expected from a Margaux wine. After initial taste, found that some decanting was needed, which helped after about 45 mins, though the tannins still had some bite and I think this wine will still benefit from further aging.

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  • By Richard Jennings
    5/22/2004, (See more on 90 points

    (Château Rauzan-Gassies) Roasted fruit nose; tight but tasty, coffee, olive palate; medium finish 90+ pts.
  • By Richard Jennings
    1/16/2004, (See more on 88 points

    (Château Rauzan-Gassies) Vanilla, vegetal and coffee nose; oaky, coffee flavored palate with soft tannins; short-medium finish
  • By Richard Jennings
    3/19/2003, (See more on 89 points

    (Château Rauzan-Gassies) Tight, black fruit nose; black fruit, tobacco palate with balance; medium finish (40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 39% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot)
  • By Richard Jennings
    3/7/2003, (See more on 90 points

    (Château Rauzan-Gassies) Well balanced, cassis palate with soft tannins and high notes; medium finish (good drinking now)

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