74% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Merlot; 50% new oak. Barrel sample. Deepest cherry red. Aromatic with pure black fruit and sweet spice. Slightly unexpected on the palate, all the fruit is up front and it dies rather on the finish but the tannins are smooth and relatively gentle like dark chocolate. (JH) 13.5% Drink 2025-2033
Lisa Perrotti-Brown. Medium to deep garnet-purple colored, the 2018 Rauzan-Gassies rocks up with flamboyant notions of kirsch, blackberry preserves, warm cassis and Chinese five spice with touches of black tea, red roses and menthol plus a waft of molten chocolate. Medium to full-bodied with a firm frame of ripe, fine-grained tannins and fantastic freshness, it has a solid core of rich fruit, finishing long with perfumed red and black fruit layers.