The 2007 Rauzan-Ségla is a very fine contribution to an otherwise middling vintage. There is plenty of brambly red fruit on the nose that is briskly entering into its secondary phase: sage, undergrowth and light lavender scents emerging with time. The palate is medium-bodied with those same grain tannins I observed before. It is not the most finessed Rauzan-Ségla at the beginning although, there is more breeding towards the savory finish. I would not hesitate cracking one of these open now as I cannot see any benefit from further ageing, nor do I expect it to deteriorate rapidly. Tasted from a bottle from my own cellar. Drink 2019-2029.
|Score: 90||Neal Martin, vinous.com, April 2019|
This substantial 2007 (a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot) exhibits a deep ruby/purple-tinged color along with a big, sweet kiss of licorice, forest floor, tobacco leaf, black currants, and cherries. It possesses a lovely texture, a round, ample mouthfeel, sweet tannin, and low acidity. It is drinking well now, and should continue to evolve for a decade or more. Drink 2010-2020.
|Score: 89+||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (188), April 2010|
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|Score: 89/91||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (176), April 2008|
Tasted blind at the 2007 Bordeaux horizontal in Southwold. The Rauzan-Segla 2007 has a very intense nose of peppermint and exotic fruits, a bit of Oz in Bordeaux, but still well defined. The palate is medium-bodied with taut tannins, pinched at the moment and spicy towards the dry finish. A wine that is not quite sure what it wants to be? A second bottle is a little better showing more harmony and panache with a seductive Burgundy-like finish.
|Score: 91||Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, October 2011|
This takes time to wake up in the glass so I give it five minute to evolve. It has one of the few sensuous Left Bank noses with ripe raspberry, wild strawberry and a touch of oyster shell. Very well defined. The palate is very cohesive with physiologically ripe tannins with notes of ripe raspberry, minerals and a touch of mulberry. Almost Burgundian on the sumptuous finish. Very classy. Tasted April 2008
|Score: 92/94||Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, April 2008|
Very pretty fruit for the vintage, with blackberry, currant and lightly smoky oak. Medium-bodied, with fine tannins and a fruity finish. Refined and delicious
|Score: 88/91||James Suckling, WineSpectator.com, April 2008|
Very lightweight nose, with some very snazzy tannin management and a bit of real vigour on the palate. Some fruity core here, though a fairly watery finish. But at least the texture is well done even if there’s not so much flavour nor quite enough freshness.
|Score: 16.5||Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2008|
Good full red-ruby. Aromas of sweet boysenberry syrup, menthol, tar, licorice and minerals. Rich, fruity and slightly warm, with berry, licorice and chocolate flavors dominating. Finishes with fairly supple tannins and moderate persistence.
|Score: 88/90||Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar, June 2008|
Intense purple-red, very fine fragrance on the nose, lifted Cabernet fruit and shows lovely florality and elegance, very good depth of fruit on the palate, combining ripeness and precision and purity, a wine that already shows extremely well and can only improve. Drink 2013-25. 4 stars.
|Score: 17.5||Decanter Magazine, Decanter.com|