Monsieur de Rauzan acquired the seigniory and vines at the beginning of the reign of Louis XIV. Thanks to his wine-making expertise, he transformed Rauzan-Gassies into one of the greatest of the Second Growths in the appellation of Margaux in the Bordeaux region. The property now belongs to the Quié family.
Château Rauzan-Gassies watches over a 30-hectare vineyard in the Margaux appellation and another 30 hectares in the Haut-Médoc appellation. The 35-year-old vines are planted on deep gravel and gravelly sand.
Winemaking and ageing
The manually harvested grapes were subject to plot-based vinification in 12- to 120-hectolitre stainless steel vats. Thermoregulated fermentation was accompanied by 2 to 3 daily pump-overs. Malolactic fermentation was carried out in barrels and vats. Ageing lasted for 12 months in French oak barrels, 50% of which were new.