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.
Soft and ripe wine that shows the richness of the year while offering a core of tannins. It is immediately attractive, although the structure and final tannins do promise aging potential.
With the 2009 and 2010 vintages, Rauzan-Gassies has hit its stride after many years of disappointments. This 2010 is powerful, fruity, dominated by Cabernet Sauvignon’s black currant flavor. There is a touch of barnyard at the end, but this is likely a passing phase.
88-90. Barrel sample. Full and juicy, it has sweet tannins that parallel the intensely-juicy fruit. It’s layered, with acidity that keeps the dryness at bay. Lively and fresh on the finish.
88–90. Barrel sample. Packed with dark tannins, this wine is concentrated and dry with considerable extraction, giving the palate a bitter coffee character. It could stay severe in style.