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Rauzan Ségla 2011

Grape VarietyCabernet Sauvignon/Merlot

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Tasting Notes

The grand vin, the 2011 Rauzan Segla, is a beauty. Aromas of spring flowers, graphite, creme de cassis and kirsch jump from the glass of this dense purple-colored 2011. Lots of nobility, complexity and richness characterize a wine that could be mistaken for a first-growth in 2011. This medium to full-bodied, concentrated, gorgeously pure, well-balanced beauty should be forgotten for 2-4 years and drunk over the following 15-20. Kudos to administrator John Kolasa and his team.

Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (212), April 2014

A wine with a beautiful aromas and flavors of dark fruits, minerals and dried flowers. Full body, integrated tannins and a fresh finish. A little chewy but will soften with age. Better in 2017.

James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, February 2014
Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com, April 2012

Very good concentration of blackcurrant Cabernet fruit, lots of energy and vineyard length, a beautifully extracted wine with elegance and depth, classic Margaux. Drink 2016-2030.

Steven Spurrier, Decanter.com, April 2012
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Representing only 42% of the total vineyard production, the 2011 Rauzan Segla is a blend of 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot and 2% Petit Verdot. The 2011 possesses some characteristics reminiscent of the estate's fabulous 1986, both wines sharing great intensity, structure and formidable aging potential. Moreover, analytically, the 2011 has similar numbers to both the 2009 and 2010, which is remarkable given the overall weather conditions in Bordeaux during the 2011 growing season. The natural alcohol is 13% and the wine is full-bodied, but this 2011 will require patience as it needs a minimum of 5-6 years to become drinkable. It should keep for two decades or more.

An unusually long harvest for this estate began on September 8 and finished on September 28. Hail that arrived on June 4 resulted in small yields of 20-28 hectoliters per hectare.

Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (200), April 2012

A blend of 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot and 2% Petit Verdot with 13% vin de presse, the Rauzan Segla was cropped between 8th and 28th September at just 28hl/ha caused by hail damage in early June. The nose is nicely defined with crisp blackberry with fine minerality, with hints of orange blossom emerging with aeration. The palate is very well balanced with silky smooth tannins, very cohesive with a pleasing sense of tension. This shows very satisfying purity and femininity with excellent persistency towards the finish. Excellent. Tasted April 2012.

Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, April 2012

This is very racy and intense with an orange peel and stone character. Full and super lively on the palate with a long, long finish. Excellent. Only 27% of the production went into this. I like the punch at the end.

James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, April 2012
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