On the same qualitative level as this estate's brilliant 2005, but with slightly less sucrosite, this blend of 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 44% Merlot, and the rest Petit Verdot, exhibits a 1986-like personality ,a very successful vintage at Rauzan Segla. Its deep ruby/purple hue is accompanied by sweet aromas of bay leaf, black currants, licorice, truffles, and a touch of toast, dazzling fruit, and plenty of ripe, but not astringent tannin. This is a medium to full-bodied, classic, pure, surprisingly approachable Rauzan Segla that will be at its finest between 2012-2025+.
|Score: 93||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (181), February 2009|
A strong effort from this property situated across the street from Chateau Palmer, Rauzan-Segla’s harvest occurred between September 21 and October 7. Fifty-five percent of the production made it into the final blend of 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 44% Merlot, and 3% Petit Verdot. A soft, classic style as well as ripe tannin suggest both the 1996 and 1986 vintages. The deep ruby/purple-tinged 2006 exhibits sweet, floral, black cherry, raspberry, and currant notes along with a subtle touch of menthol. Medium-bodied, elegant, pure, and surprisingly charming and approachable, it will benefit from 4-5 years of bottle age, and should keep for 20-25 years.
|Score: 90/93||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (170), April 2007|
The 2006 Château Rauzan-Ségla has a sous-bois and sandalwood-scented bouquet with a light "mahogany bureau" scent developing soon after. The nose is open and inviting. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin and bestowed with greater fruit concentration than the nose suggests: blackberry, raspberry mixed with sage, cedar and a touch of sea salt. As usual, this Rauzan-Séglas has a surfeit of personality and while it might not be a contender for the longest-lived Margaux, it is the kind of Left Bank 2006 that you welcome at the dinner table.
|Score: 91||Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, May 2016|
Tasted at the UGC. As usual, Rauzan-Ségla offers quintessential Margaux. A very tight black cherry nose with cedar, smoke and cigar box. The palate is very well balanced with fine structure and definition with notes of blackberry leaf, Morello, cranberry and cedar. Cohesive, very good depth, solid with a firm, ripe, succulent finish. This is delightful. Tasted April 2007.
|Score: 91/93||Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, April 2007|
Lovely fresh aromas of currant and blackberry. Full-bodied, with succulent fruit and lovely finesse and length. Gorgeous.
|Score: 92/94||James Suckling, WineSpectator.com, March 2007|
Slightly light crimson. Competent and reasonably sleek though it’s difficult to see real soul and personality. Big and bold and bloody with substantial tannins. Maybe just embryonic, but very stolid. Dry finish. Hard work! Though there is some succulence in the middle. Just inexpressive for now would be my guess. Good texture.
|Score: 17+||Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2007|
Bright red-ruby. Aromas of boysenberry, licorice and cedary, nutty oak lifted by a floral topnote. Juicy, dry and vinous; not a particularly fleshy wine but elegant, high-pitched and sexy, with lovely energy giving clarity to the sappy dark fruit, licorice and oak flavors. Finishes with firm tannins and very good sneaky persistence. Classic claret. Not hard today, but I'd still sock this one away.
|Score: 91+||Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar, May 2009|
Good full red. Dusty redcurrant, musky mocha and cedar on the nose, complicated by game and flowers. Rich, ripe and lush, but nicely framed by sound acidity. Broad and classically dry on the back end, with lovely subtle ripeness of fruit.
|Score: 90/92||Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar, June 2008|
This is another property that has managed to mix fragrant charm with sweetness of fruit. Violets intermingle with bilberry on the nose and, on the palate, there is a racy mix of flavours, all filling out and giving weight right at the back.
|Score: 88/92||Derek Smedley MW, April 2007|