France: Bordeaux

Southern Médoc

Margaux, Listrac and Moulis
By Jane Anson

This Guide was last updated on 20 March 2010
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Chateau-Rauzan-Gassies
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Château Rauzan Gassies

Address: 33460 Margaux
Tel: 05 57 88 71 88  Fax: 05 57 88 37 49
Email: rauzangassies@domaines-quie.com
Web: www.domaines-quie.com
Geo-coordinates:  Latitude: 45:1:56N (45.03231)    Longitude: -0:40:5W (-0.66818) 

Right next door to Rauzan Ségla, which regularly gets all the plaudits, Rauzan Gassies is one of the most under-rated second cru classés, and has been undergoing a quiet revolution, producing excellent wine for a number of years, and also opening itself up with an elegant, gourmet-orientated wine tourism visit. Family-run by brother and sister Jean Philippe and Anne Francoise Quié, you get a very friendly welcome, and a tour of vineyards and cellar (they machine pick here, which hasn’t helped their reputation, but spend five minutes listening to their approach and your misgivings will disappear). There is the opportunity to taste the wines from individual grape varieties as well as the final blend, which is very interesting, and they have the Nez du Vin to help unlock what aromas you should find in Margaux wines. They have recently completed extensive renovations with a new tasting room, reception room (overlooking the vines and with Château Palmer in the distance), and a small boutique. There is also a Mediterranean-style courtyard garden with tables and chairs for sitting outside in summer. Food and wine matching available by prior appointment.

Useful information: €5 for tour and tasting, from Monday to Friday 09.00-12.00, 14.00-17.00, by appointment (there is now a full time staff member for visits, so you may be lucky if you drop by, but this is a small family run estate, and they are often dashing between this and their other two properties). Weekends possible, by prior appointment. English spoken.

 

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