Now comfortably established in the super-second league. Huge efforts have been made by owners Chanel to make great wine at Rauzan, with production of the first wine only around half of the total harvest. The rest is used for their excellent second wine - Ségla. The 70 hectare vineyard is planted with 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot with a touch of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Average vine age is 37 years. In our view this 2nd growth is consistently the top wine of the appellation after Palmer and Chateau Margaux itself - and it is frequently the winner of the Margaux appellation in our blind tastings. New winemaker Nicolas Audebert arrived following stints at Krug and making Cheval des Andes for LVMH in South America. He has certainly had a terrific start here with a quite outstanding 2015, as well as excellent 2016 and 2018 vintages.
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62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35.5% Merlot, 2% Petit Verdot and 0.5% Cabernet Franc. Bright purple in colour, with a hyper fragrant nose of violets, cherry blossom and sweetly spiced plums. The palate is finely etched, with the same floral tones dominating the fruit core. This is a wine focused on elegance and vibrancy, lithe in structure with bright acidity and gentle, powderry tannins. There is a sense of weightless intensity that makes for a deceptively approachable style. Pure and long on the finish, this should have a long, open drinking window and appeal to those who want a wine led by harmony over power.
Nicolas Audebert described Rauzan Segla 2019 to us as being stylistically a mix of the 2015 and 2016 vintages. It is a bit less concentrated and powerful than the 2018, but that was an extreme vintage. It may have less concentration but not less density. 19 Rauzan is dense with great stuffing, it is extremely long and persistent. Less flashy than its predecessor, but so elegant and refined. Nicolas concluded by saying that it reminded him of the great 2010 and 1996 vintages here.
The 2019 is a blend of 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35.5% Merlot, 2% Petit Verdot and 0.5% Cabernet Franc. The abv is 14.2%, following a harvest from 12th September for the first Merlot to 9th october for the last Cabernet Sauvignon. The yield is 42hl/ha, and the wine will be aged in 60% new French oak for 18 months. Deep purple in colour with ripe cassis and black cherry layered by a hit of umami from truffle and cedar. The palate is floral and vibrant, dark but fresh blackcurrant intermingling with violets and graphite. The tannins are supple and ripe, adding to the sensation of weightless intensity. The fruit is powerful, glossy and ripe, but tamed by acidity. Indredibly pure, perfumed and mineral through to a long, cool and driven finish. Tasted in Bordeaux.
The black fruits burrow downwards through the palate at first, keeping things pretty closed, everything holding its breath, before the fruit opens. There is the precision of Rauzan Ségla that is reminiscent of the 2016, less of the immediate voluptuous impact of 2018 but the density becomes extremely clear in the glass. A serious Rauzan, cassis and cedar, still with a rinse of iris flowers to give it the Margaux touch. 3.73pH. 50/50 1st and 2nd wine. A yield of 42l/ha. Drinking Window 2028 - 2044.
62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35.5 % Merlot, 2% Petit Verdot, 0.5% Cabernet Franc. Barrel sample.
Margaux finesse at the top table. Poised and fragrant with vineyard-fresh dark fruit and cassis aromas. Exquisite palate, juicy but seamless, the fine tannins and perfectly pitched fruit in absolute harmony. Silky texture. Long, clean, digeste finish. (JL)
Drink 2027 – 2045