Rauzan Ségla 2016

RegionBordeaux
SubregionMargaux
ColourRed
TypeStill

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Rauzan SéglaBT980560-75073595/97NM 
Rauzan SéglaHV 750  
Rauzan SéglaMG 750  
Rauzan SéglaDM 300  
Rauzan SéglaIM 600  
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Tasting Notes

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. 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. This is the second vintage for new winemaker Nicolas Audebert who comes to Bordeaux following stints at Krug and making Cheval des Andes for LVMH in South America. He certainly had a terrific debut here with an outstanding 2015. Cropped at 42hl/ha, the 2016 is a blend of 68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, and 2% Petit Verdot. The Grand Vin will be raised in 60% new oak barrels. Intensely perfumed on the nose - violets, cherries, and blackcurrant with a hint of sweet spice. The palate is smooth and silky in tannin structure, but pure in cassis flavour which showcases the high percentage of Cabernet in the blend. Classic and svelte with a cool and savoury edge to the fruit core, the fresh fruit blends well with spice box and cedar through to the finish. Refined and elegant, this is a wine of precision and proportion rather than power, and is all the better for it.

Score: 17.5Farr Vintners, February 2017

The 2016 Rauzan-Segla (Rausan-Segla) is a blend of 68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 2% Petit Verdot picked between 20 September and 15 October at 45 hectoliters per hectare. The wine is being aged in 60% new oak for 18 months. It has 13.2% alcohol. It has a very powerful and intense bouquet with layers of blackberry, kirsch, cedar and a touch of mint. The palate is medium-bodied with plenty of fruit concentration: layers of ripe blackberry and boysenberry, segueing into what feels like a very spicy and peppery second half that seems to calm down and attain more nuance with aeration in the glass. It is a wonderful follow-up to the 2015 last year, although not quite with the same audacity and bravado. Tasted twice with consistent notes. Drink 2022-2050.

Score: 95/97Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (230), April 2017

A solid red with currant and blackberry character. Full body, soft tannins and a flavorful finish. Shows richness and excitement. Juicy and sexy undertone to this.

Score: 96/97James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, March 2017

The 2016 Rauzan-Ségla is a more-than-worthy follow-up to the stellar 2015. The flavors are dark and boldly sketched, with stunning intensity to fill out the wine's vertical, soaring frame. A deep, complex wine, the 2016 Rauzan-Ségla is built to deliver pleasure for many decades to come. This is stunning, multi-dimensional wine of the highest level. Wow! Tasted four times.

Score: 94/97Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, April 2017

Lush the nose has rich fruit the palate depth of flavour velvet smooth supple in the middle. The richness is underpinned by freshness layers of flavour lots of complexity the tannins fine and discreet. There are sweet black fruits at the back yet the finish is precise with great length. 2026-40

Score: 90/95Derek Smedley MW, DerekSmedleyMW.co.uk, April 2017

A wonderfully assured wine in 2016, this delivers the balance and complexity that we’ve grown to expect from Rauzan-Ségla. Grassy, elegant and hauntingly perfumed, with stylishly integrated oak, caressing tannins and scented red berry fruit. 2024-32

Score: 94Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com, April 2017

Really lifted, savoury nose. Well mannered. Nothing out of step. Could do with a bit more acidity and drive? A bit too diplomatic on the palate?
Drink 2025-2045

Score: 17Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2017

This is a Rauzan-Ségla with a powerful, streamlined throb. The two Rauzan neighbours (Ségla and Gassies) give very different takes on the vintage and each has its own charm. This is sleek, poised and well controlled, demonstrating deep extraction with clear cassis notes. Nicolas Audbert takes more risks with the wine than his predecessor John Kolasa did, and the opulence, finesse and forward motion is clear. Big-framed for the vintage, this resembles the 2015, even the 2010, and is a wine for long ageing.

Drinking Window 2027 - 2050

Score: 95Jane Anson, Decanter.com, April 2017

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