Thirty-nine percent of the production made it into the 2013 Rauzan Segla, a blend of 58% Cabernet Sauvignon, 39% Merlot and the rest Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. One of the stars of the appellation, it reveals fatness and texture, which were not easy to achieve in this vintage. A dense ruby/purple color is followed by loads of black currant, licorice and smoky oak in the background. Medium-bodied with sweet tannin and good acidity that provides uplift and vibrancy, this successful 2013 can be consumed over the next decade or more.
The 2013 Rauzan-Segla has an elegant bouquet with blackberry and briary scents as well as a subtle violet scent that gently unfurls in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with quite an attractive, pastille-like entry, decent weight in the mouth with a harmonious, nonchalant, quite detailed finish that will leave you wanting another sip. If you insist upon a Margaux from this vintage - here is where to come.
A 2013 with a firm and silky tannin texture and fresh and clean fruit. Medium to full body, with lovely textured mouth feel and a long finish. Savory and delicate.
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. Medium ruby in colour. The nose is attractive and elegant, with fragrant violets, cherry and woodsmoke in balance. The palate is soft and silky due to the fine-grained tannins. The fruit core is pure and precise, with hints of graphite, nutmeg and clove. Fresh, floral , long and elegant on the finish.
The grand vin has a fine bouquet, not complex but clean and fresh with redcurrant and raspberry fruit, nicely integrated oak. It needs a little more delineation although it does appear to gain clarity with encouragement. The palate is medium-bodied with chewy tannins, perhaps a little more rustic than usual but with good weight. Fine red fruit, linear and masculine, this deserves two or three years in bottle after release. Tasted April 2014.