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Chateau Rauzan - Gassies

Location: Chateau Rauzan-Gassies is in the commune of Margaux.

Size: . Chateau Rauzan-Gassies has 30 hectares (74 acres) under vines producing an average of 12,500 cases.

Classification: Second Growth in the Medoc Classification of 1855.

Vineyard: 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot and 10 % Cabernet Franc with an average age of 25 years. The vines are planted with a density of 10,000 vines per hectare (4,650 vines per acre). The average yield per hectare is about 40 hectoliters. The vineyards are on terraces and are made of fine, sandy gravel soils. Most of the vineyards surround the chateau with the remainder being comprised of small plots spread throughout the Margaux appellation. Most are to be found bordering Chateau Lascombes, Chateau Palmer and Chateau Margaux.

Vinification: The grapes are hand picked as required by regulation in the region. The fermentation and maceration last about 3 weeks depending on the vintage. Temperature controlled stainless steel tanks are used for the fermentation, maceration and malolactic fermentation. After fermentation, the wines are moved to oak barrels for a period of aging. This aging lasts for 15 to 18 months. One fourth of the barrels are replaced each year.

History: Chateau Rauzan-Gassies was once united with it's neighbor, Chateau Rauzan-Segla. The original property was purchased in 1661 by Pierre des Mesures de Rauza who purchased it and developed the vineyards. It was only in the latter part of the 18th century that the two properties were divided. Both chateaux were accorded the ranking of Second Growth in the classification of the Medoc in 1855.

The more recent history of Chateau Rauzan-Gassies begins in 1946 when Paul Quié purchased the property. The Quié family still retains ownership of the chateau and they continue to make investments that affect the quality of the wines. A new vat house was built in 1992 and was fitted with temperature controlled stainless steel fermenting tanks. The Quié family has also owned other chateaux in Bordeaux including Chateau Croizet-Bages in Pauillac and Chateau Bel-Orme-Tronquoy-de-Lalande.

Rauzan-Gassies has been a regular underachiever through much of the last cenury. In recent years, the chateau has risen to a level befitting its second growth ranking.

Style: Chateau Rauzan-Gassies has tended to make heavier wines with less finesse than is common in Margaux. The wines exhibit more power and concentration of flavors than would be expected with its location and pedigree. The wines tend to reach maturity at a relatively early age and are often near their peak just a decade after the vintage. In the best years, Chateau Rauzan-Gassies wines can still live for half a century of more.

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