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Rauzan Ségla 2005

Grape VarietyCabernet Sauvignon/Merlot

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Tasting Notes

The 2005 Rauzan-Ségla is a vintage that I have enjoyed many times. At 13-years of age it has a very intense bouquet with cedar and mint aromas infusing the black fruit, here with a touch of shaved black truffle that I have not noticed before. The palate is medium-bodied but more muscular than other vintages, yet the sinew is cloaked under its disarming silky texture. There is enormous depth and width to this Margaux and it is beginning to manifest a lovely balsamic "kick" on the persistent finish. Superb - but it is going to get better. Tasted at Goedhuis & Co's charity dinner 2005 tasting.

Neal Martin, vinous.com, April 2019

The 2005 Rauzan-Ségla is captivating right from the very first taste. Soaring aromatics and bright veins of minerality confer energy to this statuesque Margaux. The 2005 is still a very young wine. In fact, I would cellar it for a few years. I am blown away by its energy, vibrant and sheer character. Bright red-toned fruit, spice, rose petal, blood orange and crushed rocks literally soar out of the glass. The 2005 captures the richness of the year, but it remains a classically built, mid-weight wine of remarkable freshness and tension. Rauzan-Ségla might very well be the most under the radar Left Bank wine in 2005. Magnificent. Drink: 2025-2055

Antonio Galloni, Vinous Table (vinous.com), April 2021

This is showing really well right now with an exuberance and richness that verges on extravagance. It's full-bodied, firmly textured with ripe and rich fruit too. So much berry, spice, chocolate and incense character. Love to drink it now but a long life ahead of it.

James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, October 2015

The 2005 Rauzan-Segla displays notes of bay leaf, blackcurrants, earth and spice. It has a very youthful, dense ruby/plum/purple color, a medium to full body, with tannins still present and a nice, spicy aftertaste. The wine is firm and still somewhat adolescent. Give it another 3-4 years, and drink it over the following 15-20. Drink 2018 - 2039.

Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (219), June 2015

One of the most beautiful Rauzan-Seglas made in decades, this blend of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest primarily Merlot and tiny dollops of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot exhibits a gorgeous perfume of spring flowers, subtle mint, black cherries, black currants, licorice, and a hint of new oak. It offers medium to full body, sweet tannins, and a layered mouthfeel that builds incrementally to a sensational finish. Although this beauty is performing well, it remains a decade away from its plateau of maturity. Anticipated maturity: 2017-2030+.

Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (176), April 2008

I partnered this with a bottle of Château Rauzan-Segla 2005. Yes, too young, but that was the year of my nuptials. I had encountered a bottle back in March that I felt was not quite right and this proved me right: a gorgeous Margaux defined by the fineness of its tannins, sumptuousness and purity of fruit and a wondrous articulation of its appéllation. Given that it is not quite as expensive as many other Grand Cru Classé from this fecund millésime, I cannot recommend it enough, especially as it seems more approachable than many of its peers.

Neal Martin, Hedonists Gazette, March 2015

Tasted single blind at Southwold. After a couple of vexing showing out of barrel, this Rauzan-Segla is finally proving its mettle and I happily upgrade my score. Tasted blind, it shines amongst its peers with a well defined nose: blackberry, crushed stones and a touch of oyster shell. Great clarity. This is very well balanced on the palate, nice acidity, fresh, tannic backbone and really great focus. Sophisticated from start to finish. It has beautifully interwoven oak. This will be a great Rauzan-Segla but as always it needs patient cellaring. Drink 2015-2030+ Tasted January 2009.

Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, June 2009

Very beautiful aromas of crushed berry, flowers, currant and Indian spices follow through to a full body, with ultrafine tannins and a long, long finish. Extremely polished and beautiful, with a seamless texture. Best after 2014. 10,000 cases made.

James Suckling, WineSpectator.com, March 2008

Beautiful aromas of blackberries, chocolate, coffee and currants. Full-bodied, with wonderfu ultrafine tannins and structure. Long, long finish. Seriously structured and rich. All in reserve right now, but you can feel the outstanding quality. 2000 in the remake. Tasted twice, with consistent notes.

James Suckling, WineSpectator.com, March 2006

Tasted blind. Mid crimson. Real interest and complexity on the nose. Very readable and with a hint of violets. On the verge of skinny, but good balance. Marked acidity.
Drink 2016-2035

Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, March 2017

Very dark crimson. Sweet and toasty nose with some energy and very lush palate cover. Ripe tannins. Sufficient acidity. Needs time but should make very fine old bones. Just slightly lacking on the finish

Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, February 2009

Dark purplish. Slightly soapy nose with a slightly crude, raw edge to it - quite contained on the nose then very opulent, almost right bank, on the palate. Obviously sweet and rich rather than classic Margaux. Lovely texture then fades a little on the finish. Tasted only once unfortunately, blind. Drink 2012-22

Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2006

Good full red-ruby. Inviting, expressive aromas of plum, redcurrant, mocha, coffee, game, flowers and nutty oak. Sweet, fat and stuffed with fruit; quite silky in texture but a bit less refined than the 2006 in spite of its greater richness. Fairly full wine, finishing with lovely lingering perfume as well as slightly edgy tannins that will require a decade of cellaring.

Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar, June 2008

Black-red, terrific concentration of floral, fragrant fruit, wonderful ripeness and sense of place, suave, smooth, totally ripe with superb tannins that add even more class. Drink 2010-30.

Steven Spurrier, Decanter Magazine, April 2006

Lovely fragrant aromas, fresh and classy. A delicious wine with the fresh ripe fruit, the vintage finesse of Margaux. A tight core now. Drink from 2013. Awarded 5 stars.

Decanter Magazine, Decanter Magazine, July 2008
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