(From 2005 Vintage) 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.
(From 2011 Vintage) A beautiful ample and generous wine, very soft, charming. Good smooth fruit, lively vigour and some depth, anything beautiful spicy finish.
Wine Spectator(From 2005 Vintage)
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines(From 2005 Vintage) This very ripe and slightly viscous bottling makes comparisons to California Cabernet inevitable, and, from its sweet and mildly mocha-like nose to its rounded, ever so slightly soft palatal feel, it would be right at home in a crowd of Napa's best. If showing some tannin at the finish, it is never astringent or tough, and it should come into its own relatively soon.
Robert Parker(From 2005 Vintage) "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+."
Wine Spectator(From 1961 Vintage) Rating: 85/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 04/30/96.