Bought by Chanel in 1994, the emblematic estate in the heart of the Margaux appellation keeps its heritage at the center of its development. Château Rauzan-Ségla regroups 70 hectares of vineyards, planted with four Bordeaux various grapes. They cover a mosaic of soils creating wines with diverse terroirs. It takes time and humility to make a great wine. Five major stages are necessary to build a new vintage. The team know perfectly how to read nature. At the end, Château Rauzan-Ségla wines express the perfect blend between heritage and savoir faire. The wines radiate classicism in its noblest sense. A wine balanced between structure and elegance.
Deep garnet in color, the 2012 Rauzan-Ségla reveals evolving notions of new leather, cigar box and stewed tea over a core of blackcurrant cordial, plum preserves and blueberry compote with touches of cumin seed and fenugreek. Medium-bodied, the palate has a lot of spritely zip with red fruit accents lifting the mature savory and spice notes, framed by grainy tannins, finishing with great tension. The blend this year is 54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 44% Merlot and 2% Petit Verdot, harvested between September 27th and October 20th, at an average yield of 36 hectoliters per hectare. It was aged for 18 months in French oak, 70% new. The alcohol is 13.5%, and the pH is 3.67. [94 Points, Lisa Perrotti-Brown – April 2020, robertparker.com]