- Château Rauzan-Ségla
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Goedhuis, March 2018
One of the hardest wines on the night to taste. It felt it was considerably more backward than some of its neighbours. More on the reserve, Rauzan always has a greater degree of masculinity within its structure and this was definitely the case last night. A big and powerful wine and the tannins were just slightly taking control of the fruit. I am sure it is just a phase and we will watch to see how it evolves.
Goedhuis, April 2006,
Originating in the 17th century, Rauzan Sègla was created by Pierre de Mesures de Rauzan who purchased large tracts of land which included neighbouring Rauzan Gassies, Desmirail and Marquis de Terme. Within a short period of time, Rauzan Sègla had become high on collectors lists rivalling Léoville, Gruaud Larose and Mouton Rothschild. One of its followers included Thomas Jefferson who 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 has continued this drive for quality.Out of the dozens of 2005 wines poured at the Margaux tasting in Bordeaux, Rauzan Sègla stood out. With a luring and pretty nose and a lovely mouthfeel, the wine further enchanted the palate with voluptuous black cherry and raspberry flavours and a light glimmer of crisp acidity. Wonderfully long finish. A real charmer. Drink 2012-2025+.
Neal Martin, July 2020,
We moved back to classic territory for the final wine that I bought myself, the failsafe 2005 Rauzan-Ségla. Having reviewed this wine recently, I have little to add. The aromatics are more generous than other Left Bank 2005s at the moment, delivering plush black plummy fruit, cedar and mint, this bottle perhaps demonstrating a touch more gaminess. The palate is just about ready to drink, its almost creamy texture disguising the substance and backbone of this Margaux, and the silky texture is intact on the finish. The wine mellowed nicely over a couple of hours, developing a sensual roundness that neutered any guilt about broaching it young, at least for this vintage.
Robert Parker, April 2008,
One of the most beautiful Rauzan-Seglas made in decades, this blend of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest primarily Merlot and tiny dollops of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot exhibits a gorgeous perfume of spring flowers, subtle mint, black cherries, black currants, licorice, and a hint of new oak. It offers medium to full body, sweet tannins, and a layered mouthfeel that builds incrementally to a sensational finish. Although this beauty is performing well, it remains a decade away from its plateau of maturity. Anticipated maturity: 2017-2030+.
Robert Parker, April 2007,
This wine has become more structured and backward since I tasted it last year. Only 48% of the production made it into the final blend (55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 39% Merlot, and 6% Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc). Revealing loads of muscle along with floral-infused sweet black currant fruit, superb density, high tannin, and an austere, but impressively pure and textured mouthfeel, purchasers should lay this 2005 away for a decade before considering consumption. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2030+.
Robert Parker, April 2006,
Owned by the Wertheimer brothers of Chanel fame, this is another estate that has produced their finest wine in many years. Administrator John Kolasa is exceptionally happy with what he has achieved in 2005 from yields of 39 hectoliters per hectare. Only 48% of the production made it into the final blend of 54.5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 39% Merlot, and the rest Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. Exhibiting a wonderfully precise nose of sweet black currants, loamy soil, incense, and subtle herbs, oak, and spice, a fabulous attack, a medium to full-bodied, layered texture, superb purity, good underlying acidity, and a blockbuster yet elegant finish, it should be at its finest between 2012-2030+.
Jancis Robinson, April 2006,
Dark purplish. Slightly soapy nose with a slightly crude, raw edge to it - quite contained on the nose then very opulent, almost right bank, on the palate. Obviously sweet and rich rather than classic Margaux. Lovely texture then fades a little on the finish. Tasted only once unfortunately, blind. Drink 2012-22.
Wine Spectator, April 2006,
Beautiful aromas of blackberries, chocolate, coffee and currants. Full-bodied, with wonderfu ultrafine tannins and structure. Long, long finish. Seriously structured and rich. All in reserve right now, but you can feel the outstanding quality. 2000 in the remake. Tasted twice, with consistent notes.
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.