The 2001 Rauzan-Ségla, picked September 28 to October 11, shows moderate maturation on the brick rim. The bouquet is quite intense, embracing both primary and secondary aromas at 17-years of age, blackberry, sage, clove, and just a hint of black olive and violet. This is quite complex and enticing. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, crisp acidity, maybe a little rustic compared to latter-day Rauzan-Séglas, but with fine balance and focus. Moving toward its second half it develops a light ferrous touch, earthy and edgy, a drop of balsamic appearing towards the finish. This is perfect to drink now but it should age nicely over the next ten or fifteen years. Tasted at the Rauzan-Ségla vertical at the château.
|Score: 93||Neal Martin, vinous.com, April 2019|
Tasted blind at Bordeaux Index’s 10-Year On horizontal. This has a very tight bouquet with blackberry, briary, cedar and cigar box all nicely defined but unfurling slowly in the glass. I like the purity and clarity to this wine. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins, a slight meatiness on the entry, building nicely across towards the back palate with good backbone and a subtle savoury note towards the finish. Superb. Tasted March 2011.
|Score: 93||Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, March 2011|
Notes of new saddle leather, dried Provencal herbs, and a hint of lavender jump from the glass of this deep ruby/purple-tinged Margaux. The complex aromatics are followed by a sweet attack, but some narrowing on the mid-palate and finish is apparent. Pure and elegant, it is ideal for near term drinking. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2015.
|Score: 89||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (153), June 2004|
|Score: 86/87||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (146), April 2003|
This wine had just been racked with sulphur adjustments, which may account for its austere performance. Nevertheless, it reveals the tell-tale herbaceousness and distinctive earthy, smoky, black cherry and cassis characteristics found in recent vintages. The color is dark, but there is a lack of texture, at least at this stage in the wine's evolution. Only 39% of the harvest was utilized, and yields were a modest 45.6 hectoliters per hectare. My instincts suggest there is a lot more to this wine than it is revealing, however, as always, it is one of the more difficult and backward to assess at such an early age. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2020.
|Score: 87/88||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (140), April 2002|
|Score: 89/91||James Suckling, Wine Spectator, March 2002|
Very dark with obviously top quality oak. Sinewy and sleek – very well put together. Great balance and fully satisfying even now. Good freshness. Not so dissimilar to the Giscours but with not quite such an impressive finish. More tannins.
|Score: 16.5||Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com (26 Oct 07), October 2007|