Extremely attractive aromas of currants, raspberries and blueberries follow through to a full body with silky tannins, and a beautiful balance and fruit, tannin and acidity harmony. Wonderful second wine from Rauzan-Segla. Try in 2017.
|Score: 93||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, February 2013|
Beautifully elegant fruit is present on the nose. Supple mid-palate and clear ageing ability as the tannins are still young. Acidity is well balanced, and there is real grip on the palate. Black fruits, liquorice and wet stone texture.
Drinking Window 2017 - 2030.
|Score: 93||Jane Anson, Decanter.com, September 2019|
Deep crimson. Perfumed, rich, sweet and tea leaves. Really it approaches the grand vin in terms of quality. Excellent balance and just a little less long lived. But very persistent. GV. Drink 2018-2028
|Score: 17||Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, September 2018|
Another very interesting contrast under screwcap and cork, this wine shows equally well but in different styles as shown below:
A deep ruby colour, with brooding dried violets and blueberries underneath layers of nutmeg and clove. The palate is richly textured, with chewy, mouthcoating tannins to the fore. The fruit bursts through the finish, with a savoury edge of undergrowth and hedgerow. The structure at this stage suggests that giving the wine some air will help the layers of fruit to unfurl, but it is already fantastic drinking, with a long and pure finish.
A deep ruby colour, with an immediately expressive, vibrant and very youthful nose, this is still all primary blueberry and fresh violet. The palate seems silkier that under cork, with the fruits dominating the palate in notes of summer pudding and fresh cherry. Juicy, plump and round, the structure comes at the back end, tightening up the glossy texture of this wine. While this has the power of fruit, it hasn't yet developed the savoury, earthy complexity that can be seen under cork.
|Score: 17+||Farr Vintners, Farr Tasting, April 2018|
The return of Segla in 2010 is another triumph. Deep ruby in the glass, with a smoky, floral, brooding nose of blueberry, cassis and violets. The palate is pure and deep in black fruits. Fine grained but plentiful tannins line the dense fruit and offer classic Bordeaux structure, supporting the smoky, sweet vanilla and camphor. They yield and resolve on the finish, allowing for the deep, rich but cool black fruits to linger and gain in savoury complexity thanks to the light hints of well-judged oak. You can approach this now with a light decant, but it will only improve over the next 3-4 years before reaching a wonderful plateau for another 5+.
|Score: 17+||Farr Vintners, Farr Tasting, September 2017|