2021 - Ch Rauzan Ségla 2ème Cru Margaux
Colour
Red
Producer
Château Rauzan-Ségla
Region
Margaux
Grape
Cab. Sauvignon/ Merlot/ Cab. Franc/ Petit Verdot
Drinking
2027 - 2042
Case size
6x75cl
En Primeur

2021 CH RAUZAN SÉGLA 2ÈME CRU MARGAUX - 6x75cl

Colour
Red
Producer
Château Rauzan-Ségla
Region
Margaux
Grape
Cab. Sauvignon/ Merlot/ Cab. Franc/ Petit Verdot
Drinking
2027 - 2042
Case size
6x75cl
En Primeur
In Bond
Case price £360.00 (Ex. VAT)
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Tasting Notes

  • NM

    Neal Martin, April 2022,
    Score: 94-96

    According to Nicolas Audebert, the 2021 Rauzan Ségla has a reduced proportion of Merlot, as a consequence of which it was felt that the Petit Verdot crowded out the final blend and was thus demoted to the Deuxième Vin. Matured in 60% new oak for an intended 18 months, it has a surprisingly opulent bouquet with conspicuous Merlot that has the hubris to vie for attention with the Cabernet. Very pure and well-defined, this gains intensity in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with very finely chiseled tannins, displaying disarming purity and poise. Minerally on the finish, with just the faintest hint of dark chocolate on the aftertaste. Precision, precision, precision. (13.0% alcohol) Drink 2027 - 2060

  • WA

    Wine Advocate, April 2022,
    Score: 93-95

    Representing around 44% of the estate's production (more or less as usual), the 2021 Rauzan-Ségla unwinds in the glass with aromas of minty cassis, blackberries, loamy soil, dark chocolate and warm spices. Medium to full-bodied, deep and impressively concentrated, it's layered and seamless, with a sweet core of fruit, powdery tannins, lively acids and an impressively penetrating finish. The Rauzan team opted to ferment Merlot rather cooler than normal this year to moderate extraction. Tasted six times.

  • AG

    Antonio Galloni, April 2022,
    Score: 94-97

    The 2021 Rauzan-Ségla is absolutely gorgeous. It offers up scents of graphite, savory herbs, licorice, chocolate and plum, all beautifully lifted by strong Cabernet Sauvignon inflections. Naturally, the 2021 doesn't have the mid-palate richness and overall intensity of recent years. Readers will find a tightly wound Margaux that balances classic structure with modern-day precision. I can't wait to see how it ages. Tasted four times. Drink 2031-2051

  • GDH

    Goedhuis, April 2022,
    Score: 96-98

    Intense, deep colour. A perfumed floral scent of Seville orange and dark Cabernet fruit clearly expresses the blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon and 25% Merlot. Bright and energetic, highlighting the very best of the Cabernet, with layered depth and sweet mature black fruit flavours. As always, this fine estate manages to merge its Margaux elegance with some Pauillac attitude and drive. It is robust and yet fine and wonderfully persistent on the finish.

  • WCI

    Wine Cellar Insider, April 2022,
    Score: 94-96

    With a nice richness to the color, the wine opens with lilies, roses, coffee bean, Indian spice and black plums. On the palate, the wine is medium-bodied, elegant, refined and silky. There is freshness and energy, along with a nice sweetness to the fruits. There is a touch of chalk at the backend of the finish. You will be able to enjoy this in its youth, which is not always the case here with this age-worthy Margaux. The wine was produced from blending 75% Cabernet Sauvignon and 25% Merlot, 13% ABV. The harvest took place September 20 to October 8. Drink from 2025-2050.

  • JA

    Jane Anson, April 2022,
    Score: 93

    A clear step up from the Ségla, proving why in 2021 even with the best names and most accomplished winemakers, it pays to head to the 1st wines. This is excellent for the vintage, with sinewy-juice-filled blue and black fruits. Cabernet-dominant, fresh, well constructed, precise, you feel a slightly higher acidity than usual, giving a muscular, angular feel. As it opens cloves, cassis bud and rose stems appear. 60% new oak, well balanced, clear classicism and the alcohol level feels refreshing and restrained. Working with the vintage, a little shorter on the finish that the biggest vintages but this is easy to recommend. Tasted twice, 45% of overall production. A candidate for upscore in bottle.

  • MJ

    Matthew Jukes, April 2022,
    Score: 18

    This is a rare structured wine in 2021 with decent fruit weight and correspondingly strident oak. It is also a classy effort with assured balance and prodigious length. The density of flavour, the length and the layers of complexity are incredibly impressive for a Margaux, bearing in mind that this is a patchy commune at best in 2021. The challenge at Rauzan-Ségla was to maintain aromatics while preserving freshness, and judicious viticulture was required to either 'clean' or remove every bunch on every vine. Bit by bit, the vines cleaned up, and they seemingly realised that they were being looked after incredibly carefully by the viti-team, and the results are evident in the glass. In the 70ha property, they employed 30-40 staff (with even more brought in at specific moments), showing the commitment here. This colossal effort has paid off with one of the region's most expressive and joyous wines.

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Producer

Château Rauzan-Ségla

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.

Region

Margaux

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.