March 27, 2016 - Even better than the last one and one of RG's best efforts. Still plenty of blackcurrant on nose and palate, with a creamy middle section which lifts to the top of the palate and a fine, dusty finish of dark cherry and brambly fruit. Well-crafted, rounded, perfectly balanced, with a little more polish and fruit this would be worth a few more points, which I suspect the 00 will achieve. Not much bricking at the edges, this should hold for another five years.
Those brave enough to defy the critics and perceived wisdom will have picked up a bargain - this is as good as the more illustrious neighbour at half the price.
Sadly, RG's prices have caught up with its improved reputation and I'm not sure that recent vintages are quite such good QPRs but the 00 and the 01 are well worth finding.
October 12, 2013 - had a bottle wit a friend. took about 1/2 hour in the decanter to open up, but when it did, it was well worth the wait.
muted nose initially, which gave way to strawberries, hint of sandalwood and (elderflower?)
margaux elegance and smoothness, non-obtrusive tannins, pleasing acidity and pretty fruit. Will last for at least another 5-8 years, easy, but drinking so well now.
August 19, 2013 - Fresh aromas of blackcurrant and dark cherries, with a touch of menthol and some sandalwood. Good fresh attack of the same, with a lifted middle section and good grip just before the finale, which is long and satisfying, with strong notes of blackberry and hints of blue berry. One of RG's better vintages.
June 2, 2013 - lovely claret, restrained red fruit and a long complex finish. Drinking well, better for an hour decant. I was surprised about the richest and lack of green in a lesser vintage.
The wine looks Garnet coloured. It smells like Black currant (cassis), and Red Currant. with a tint of Sandalwood. The body is Medium. The wine has Smooth with a just a tannin cut to make it a food wine.
February 24, 2013 - Same as my last one, this is dark, intense and not yet at its peak. Very enjoyable but I'm sure this will improve further.
June 24, 2012 - Much better than expected. Very dark colour, with no bricking at the edges at all. Interesting aromas of blackcurrant and spices, with traces of yeast and cedar. Full bodied mouthful of blackcurrant, dark cherry and nutmeg, with good grip and a decent level of acidity, giving it a little bite in mid-palate. No excess of oak, concentration or extraction. The fruit is still very present, nicely set off by the finish, which is dominated by Margaux elegance and finesse. Excellent value, this tastes like a Segla at half the price. Judging by other comments on this wine, mine must have been better cellared than most, there's certainly no reason to hurry, this has another decade ahead to improve further.
February 10, 2012 - Without much expectation from the vintage of 2001. Definitely Off from its peak already. A dull brick red with a pale brownish rim. Moderate to weak on the palate. Freshness and floral gone. Luckily a tranditional balanced silky and smooth Margaux still linger.
July 10, 2010 - Nice, fruit, cedar, gentle aromatic nose with earthiness and fruit and a little minerality. Medium bodied, good balance if a little tannic still but all in all tremendously quaffable.
February 22, 2009 - Vertical of Rauzan-Gassies: Initially big on alc and very piercing on the nose. Progressively, this put on more typical seductive margaux nose of milky dense aromas of small light blue flowers, lots of earthy undertones. The fruits of this bottle had all but gone and showed mostly secondary notes of dried herbs, dried fruits and bitter cocoa tannins. Falls apart too easily on the mid-palate.
December 24, 2007 - Soft and approachable but not quite the 'best claret' described at Majestic. Nice nose and palate but short finish.