The second wine of Margaux favourite, Ch Rauzan Ségla (sister property to Ch Canon). Smoky Cabernet fruit and some fine tightly-packed tannins give this away as a 2010 left bank. It has an impressively statuesque density for a second wine. Still youthful with a core of savoury black fruit and a muscular build, this is just beginning to drink well and in this excellent vintage has much to offer fans of the grand vin.
The second wine, the 2010 Segla, is also delicious. It is relatively similar in blend to the grand vin, with just slightly more Cabernet Sauvignon and less Merlot, but it is deep, dense, with loads of ripe black currant, earthy, foresty fruit along with hints of underbrush and spice box. Medium to full-bodied and fresh, with light tannin, it should drink nicely for 15-20 years.
The second wine of Rauzan-Segla is the finest example of this cuvee I have tasted at the property. A blend of 63% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Merlot, it represents 55% of the production. The wine is fruity, soft, generously endowed, with savory menthol notes intermixed with black currant, black cherry and a hint of new saddle leather. Drink it over the next decade or more. Drink: 2011 - 2021
The Segla is a blend of 63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot including 10% vin de presse, representing 55% of the crop. It has a tightly wound bouquet with brambly black fruit, just a touch of wet sand in the background. Not intense but fine clarity and sense of place. The palate is medium-bodied with slightly gritty tannins, quite linear and masculine with just a touch of smoke and graphite towards the finish.
Still a touch taut, but focused, with bitter cherry and red licorice notes, followed by a flash of iron on the finish. Tasted non-blind. -J.M.
Originating in the 17th century, Rauzan Sègla was created by Pierre de Mesures de Rauzan whopurchased large tracts of land which included neighbouring Rauzan Gassies, Desmirail and Marquisde Terme. Within a short period of time, Rauzan Sègla became high on collectors lists rivallingLéoville, Gruaud Larose and Mouton Rothschild. One of its followers included Thomas Jeffersonwho purchased several cases of the 1790 vintage. Over the years it was divided and sold on to various owners falling deeper and deeper into oblivion until the 1980s when its old, wooden vats were replaced with stainless steel and excellent clones of Cabernet Sauvignon replaced the tired Merlot. In 1994, the château was taken over by Chanel who have continued this drive for quality.
Plump, silky and seductive are the words often used to describe wines from Margaux. Because of their style, they tend to be user friendly and more approachable when young. This is in part due to its terroir which is comprised of the thinnest soil as well as the highest proportion of chunky gravel in all of the Médoc. It drains well but also is it more susceptible to vintage variation. Margaux wines tend to have the highest proportions of Merlot within the core of the Médoc further adding to their ample roundness and openness. Margaux is home to the largest number of classified growths including its namesake first growth, Château Margaux, as well as third growths, Palmer and d'Issan.