Located a stone’s throw from the village of Margaux, Château Rauzan-Ségla consists of a 70-hectare patchwork of vineyards reflecting the diversity of soils in the appellation, and forming a priceless treasure.
Consisting primarily of alluvial gravel, the terroir is ideally suited to viticulture and features perfect drainage. It also reflects the best that each grape variety has to offer.
1661, Pierre Desmezures de Rauzan purchased an estate which he named after himself. The wine quickly acquired a fine reputation in France and abroad. This was confirmed in the famous 1855 classification, when the château was included among the second growths.
The estate was bought by Chanel in 1994, and work in the vineyards and cellars is done with the utmost care to produce a great and remarkably complex wine with fine ageing potential.
Vineyard workers at Rauzan-Ségla prune the vines, tie them up, pluck leaves, thin bunches, etc. to produce the best possible fruit. This is transformed into a powerful, long-lived wine with the greatest of care and attention.
Deep garnet colored, the 2009 Rauzan-Ségla bursts from the glass with bold, vivacious Black Forest cake, blackberry pie and warm blueberry scents plus nuances of cardamom, candied violets, smoked meats and Chinese five spice with a waft of dusty soil. Full-bodied, rich, plush and decadent, it completely coats the palate with densely packed preserved black berries layers, finishing very long and spicy.
The blend this year is 58% Cabernet Sauvignon and 42% Merlot, harvested between September 22nd and October 11th, at an average yield of 41 hectoliters per hectare. It was aged for 18 months in French oak, 50% new. The alcohol is 14%, and the pH is 3.69.
[94 points – Lisa Perrotti-Brown – Apr 2020-robertparker.com ]