- Château Rauzan-Ségla
- Cab. Sauvignon/ Merlot/ Cab. Franc/ Petit Verdot
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Robert Parker, April 1997,
Rauzan-Segla, which harvested between September 24 and October 4, utilized 58% of the crop in the 1996 blend, which was composed of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot. The wines from this estate tend to be extremely backward, and older vintages have the potential to be very long-lived (100+ years). While today's vintages do not have quite that longevity, this is one of the more classic vin de garde terroirs of the region. The 1996 appears to be an outstanding wine, but perhaps slightly below the quality of the fleshier, more forward, intense 1995. The 1996 exhibits an opaque purple color, followed by a restrained, black fruit, earth, and toasty oak-scented nose, medium body, high tannin, and a sense of huge structure as well as outstanding depth. For a 1996, this wine contains one of the highest percentages of Merlot of any Medoc. It possesses 25-30 years of aging potential.
Robert Parker, February 1998,
The dense purple-colored 1996 Rauzan-Segla reveals a Cabernet Sauvignon-dominated nose of cigar box, cassis, floral, and vanillin scents. Long, structured, tannic, and closed, with formidable power and muscle, and potentially outstanding purity and richness, this wine requires 10-12 years of cellaring. If it continues to flesh out and attain better balance between the tannin and fruit, this will be an outstanding effort from this estate. However, potential purchasers should have the discipline to wait a decade or more for it to reach its plateau of maturity. Anticipated maturity: 2007-2027.
Robert Parker, April 1999,
The dense, ruby/purple-colored, unfriendly-styled 1996 is tannic, backward, and in need of 8-10 years of cellaring. The wine does seem to possess the requisite fruit and extract, however, to stand up to its powerful structure. Although pure and rich, this wine should not be touched for at least a decade. The sweet cassis aromas of this Cabernet Sauvignon-dominated wine are combined with floral and mineral notes. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2025.
Clive Coates, June 2001,
Good colour. Quite an oaky nose. It seemsstylish. Medium to medium-full body. Nicelybalanced. Positive, even complex. I find thismore interesting than Palmer today. Verygood plus. Drink 2004-2018
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.