The 2017 Rauzan-Ségla was bottled at the end of May 2019 according to winemaker Nicolas Audebert. It has a broodier nose than expected, perhaps a tad closed after bottling, but there is certainly sufficient blackberry and raspberry fruit, subtle pressed violet, soupçon of shucked oyster shell scents emerging with time. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins struck through by a fine bead of acidity. It feels rounded and velvety in texture, quite persistent in the mouth with a caressing finish that perhaps does not quite deliver the complexity or pixelation of a really top growing season. Otherwise, plainly speaking, bloody delicious. Drink 2028-2055.
|Score: 94||Neal Martin, vinous.com, February 2020|
The 2017 Rauzan-Ségla is matured in 50% new oak with 14% vin de presse, which was apparently from the high quality Cabernet this year. It has a fascinating bouquet with pure blackberry, iris, crushed stone and a light estuarine influence that becomes stronger with aeration, just a faint touch of oyster shell developing in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with very fine tannin, crisp acidity, very elegant and refined, possibly the most feminine Rauzan-Ségla in recent years with a silky smooth finish. It is not the instant showstopper like the 2015 – this is more understated and needs time for its quality to be fully appreciated. Tasted on three occasions. Drink 2022-2045.
|Score: 92/94||Neal Martin, vinous.com, May 2018|
Composed of 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot and 2% Petit Verdot and sporting a deep garnet-purple color, the 2017 Rauzan-Segla (Rausan-Segla) has a profound nose of cassis, warm blackberries and black plums with touches of baking spices, violets, mocha and smoke plus a waft of garrigue. Medium to full-bodied with a great core of sustained, energetic black fruit, a frame of fine-grained tannins and a lively backbone, it finishes with great length.
|Score: 94/96||Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (236), April 2018|
There’s a very balanced feel to this wine with ripe blueberries and red plums, as well as dried flowers. The palate has a supple, smooth build of rich, blueberry and cassis flavor and a long, fine-tannin finish. A blend of 62% cabernet sauvignon, 36% merlot and 2% petit verdot. Drink or hold.
|Score: 94||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, January 2020|
This is tight and focused with a super precise palate of blackberries, blackcurrants and hints of flowers. Full body, linear tannins and a long finish.
|Score: 94/95||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, April 2018|
The 2017 Rauzan-Ségla is a fleshy, seductive wine. Soft contours and ripe silky tannins add to the wine's immediacy and sheer appeal. The viticultural and winemaking team has succeeded in adding finesse and detail to the Grand Vin without altering its classic sense of structure and proportion. A vertical explosion of fruit laced with expressive floral notes build into the finish in a classy, understated Margaux that hits all the right notes. Hints of tobacco, crushed flowers, leather, licorice and dried cherry add the closing shades of nuance. What a gorgeous wine this is. Tasted three times.
|Score: 90/93||Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, May 2018|
At this stage more intense crimson than the 2016! Smells of macerated raisins. I wonder how they made this? A bit sweet-and-sour. Less beautifully integrated than other recent vintages here – I even got a flash of the taste of English mustard! Not forced – quite nicely rounded tannins – but very non classical. Sort of very obviously assembled rather than organically grown. Slightly awkward scrawniness on the end.
|Score: 16||Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, May 2018|
Inky core and purple rim. Not much on the nose, a touch of black olive as well as black fruit and a woody oak note. Relatively subdued on the palate but juicy and with more energy than some. Juicy fruit right through to the sustained finish.
|Score: 16.5||Julia Harding MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2018|
The well-situated vineyards here managed to avoid the April frosts almost completely and the yield is a fairly normal 40 hl/ha. All the fruit gathered for both the first and second wines was from unaffected vineyards. Elevage in 60% new oak. As usual there is more second wine - Segla - produced than first wine, ensuring top quality in both wines. Bright ruby in the glass with a spicy, smoky nose of of toasted cumin, violets and cassis. The palate is silky and polished, with seamless, ripe, integrated tannins and creamy vanilla from new oak. This rounded, plush texture allows the compact but pure fruit core to shine through and build to the finish. This is understated and elegant, with an aromatic, lifted finish of cherry blossom and vanilla pod.
|Score: 16.5+||Farr Vintners, April 2018|
The black fruits on the nose are ripe depth of flavour the palate has sweet fruit mid suppleness a fleshy mix of damson and black cherry. There is balance underling bilberry but it is the sweet fruit that comes through and gives richness and depth on the finish. Drink 2024-2038.
|Score: 89/93||Derek Smedley MW, DerekSmedleyMW.co.uk, May 2018|
Rich, tight and deep, this wine has been extremely well handled in a vintage that suits this elegant style. There isn't the depth and complexity of expression that was seen in the previous two vintages, but it gets across the signature of the estate in an earlier drinking form - the absolute essence of what you want in a trickier vintage. If priced well, it's a buy.
Drinking Window 2026 - 2038
|Score: 93||Jane Anson, Decanter.com, April 2018|
This is another success for Rauzan-Ségla with rich, chocolatey fruit and some good power behind the oak. Always fairly demonstrative, this is a hedonistic wine in a vintage which rarely uses this descriptor, so there is a kind of anomaly here and it will not quite work itself to a conclusion so there will inevitably be a few flaws in its finished article, but regardless of this it is a success.
|Score: 17.5+||Matthew Jukes, Matthew Jukes' Blog, April 2018|