|Bordeaux||2011||Rauzan Ségla||BT||1 \ 0||12||720.00||12||12||80||93.00||93.00||Rauzan Segla||0.75||10|
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The grand vin, the 2011 Rauzan Segla, is a beauty. Aromas of spring flowers, graphite, creme de cassis and kirsch jump from the glass of this dense purple-colored 2011. Lots of nobility, complexity and richness characterize a wine that could be mistaken for a first-growth in 2011. This medium to full-bodied, concentrated, gorgeously pure, well-balanced beauty should be forgotten for 2-4 years and drunk over the following 15-20. Kudos to administrator John Kolasa and his team.
Representing only 42% of the total vineyard production, the 2011 Rauzan Segla is a blend of 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot and 2% Petit Verdot. The 2011 possesses some characteristics reminiscent of the estate's fabulous 1986, both wines sharing great intensity, structure and formidable aging potential. Moreover, analytically, the 2011 has similar numbers to both the 2009 and 2010, which is remarkable given the overall weather conditions in Bordeaux during the 2011 growing season. The natural alcohol is 13% and the wine is full-bodied, but this 2011 will require patience as it needs a minimum of 5-6 years to become drinkable. It should keep for two decades or more.
An unusually long harvest for this estate began on September 8 and finished on September 28. Hail that arrived on June 4 resulted in small yields of 20-28 hectoliters per hectare.
The 2011 Rauzan-Ségla is a pretty little thing. It has a gentle but very appealing nose whose attractiveness creeps up on you: black fruit, briary, a hint of sandalwood and pressed flowers. The palate is medium-bodied with succulent tannin, a fine thread of acidity, très Margaux towards the second half with a feminine, unassuming personality that is just so elegant and refined without shortchanging on fruit. To put it simply, this is just a wine you want to drink rather than think too long about. Tasted at the CVBG tasting in London.
A blend of 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot and 2% Petit Verdot with 13% vin de presse, the Rauzan Segla was cropped between 8th and 28th September at just 28hl/ha caused by hail damage in early June. The nose is nicely defined with crisp blackberry with fine minerality, with hints of orange blossom emerging with aeration. The palate is very well balanced with silky smooth tannins, very cohesive with a pleasing sense of tension. This shows very satisfying purity and femininity with excellent persistency towards the finish. Excellent. Tasted April 2012.
A wine with a beautiful aromas and flavors of dark fruits, minerals and dried flowers. Full body, integrated tannins and a fresh finish. A little chewy but will soften with age. Better in 2017.
This is very racy and intense with an orange peel and stone character. Full and super lively on the palate with a long, long finish. Excellent. Only 27% of the production went into this. I like the punch at the end.
Now comfortably established in the super-second league. Huge efforts are being made by owners Chanel to make great wine at Rauzan, with production of the first wine only around half of the total harvest and the rest used for their excellent second wine - Ségla. Scotsman John Kolasa, formerly of Château Latour, is in charge here. In our view this 2nd growth is consistently the top wine of the appellation after Palmer and Chateau Margaux itself. The frequent winner of Margaux appellation blind tastings in recent vintages. Made from 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot and 2% Petit Verdot. 70% new oak. A good, deep colour with a classy nose that offers hints of minerals and coffee. Bright and lively on the palate with crunchy red fruit. Cool, classic, subtle and restrained, this is feminine in style and a Margaux of great purity and honesty. True and harmonious.
The fruit on the nose feels ripe filling it out and giving a fleshy richness on the palate. The tannins are firm but not aggressive and the sweetness of the fruit fills out the back palate. There is fair length of flavour on the finish.
Very good concentration of blackcurrant Cabernet fruit, lots of energy and vineyard length, a beautifully extracted wine with elegance and depth, classic Margaux. Drink 2016-2030.