The second wine of Margaux favourite, Ch Rauzan Ségla (sister property to Ch Canon). Dark crimson colour, the 2014 is poised and aerial with an elegant nose of crushed strawberries, blueberries and blackcurrants, graphite, vanilla pod and cedarwood. Excellent acidity and supple tannins flow into a long, spiced finish. An impeccably balanced wine from a superstar of the appellation.
Excellent second with a bright fruitiness and savoriness. It’s full silky and very long with wonderful fruit and length. Even decadent.
A delicious second wine, the 2014 Ségla is showing beautifully today. Bright red cherry, raspberry, cinnamon and citrus notes abound in a fresh, invigorating wine to drink in its youth. I very much like the sense of energy here. This is pure class. The Ségla is not sold en primeur, but is typically released a few years after bottling, when the estate feels the wine is ready to be enjoyed. The current releases are 2008 and 2009.
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.