Rauzan Segla is one of the great 2nd Growths. From its 51 hectare in Margaux it offers one of the best and most consistent Grand Vins that by Bordeaux standards offers quite good value too. Production is limited to about 8000 cases of Grand Vin, the rest goes into their second label ‘Segla’. When the 1855 Classification was completed we often forget there was a ranking within each growth. Rauzan Segla was ranked behind Mouton Rothschild at the time; arguably the top of the seconds after Mouton was promoted. In 1994 the famous fashion house Chanel purchased the estate seeking to restore the Chateau to its former glories. They then appointed John Kolasa and David Orr, poached from Chateau Latour to head up the new winemaking team. Since then the Chateau has rapidly gained a reputation alongside Palmer and Margaux as the one of the great wines from Margaux.
The vineyards of Rauzan Segla are broken down into 61% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot and 2% each of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Both Grand Vin and Second label wines generally reflect this break down but it appears that Rauzan gets a larger proportion of Petit Verdot.
“54.5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 39% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot,1.5% Cabernet Franc. Deep garnet colour. Pretty aromas of cassis, cedar, cloves and a touch of violets. Earth/loam, Medium acid and a medium level of fine tannins. This is a harmonious, elegant second wine from this blockbuster vintage that’s approachable now. 89pts” – The Wine Advocate
Margaux – One of the largest appellations and therefore one of the most mixed in quality each year. The Margaux wines tend to be more restrained, mineral and aromatic than the Medoc wines but they don’t achieve the plushness of the Right Bank despite Merlot often being a major player in the wines.
2005 – One of the best wines in the modern era of Bordeaux and possibly the best ever. These wines were exciting to drink while young and will excite drinkers for the next 20, 30, 40 or 50 years.