Fantastic aromas of blackberries, blackcurrants and strawberries follow through to a full body, super-integrated tannins and an extremely long finish. The bright acidity gives the wine a linear edge that focuses in all the fruit. Minerally. Drink in 2021.
|Score: 95||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, February 2017|
The 2014 Rauzan-Ségla is just as impeccable from bottle as it was from barrel. Silky, perfumed and nuanced in the glass, the wine exudes finesse. Expressive floral notes, spice and succulent red/purplish stone fruits are all beautifully delineated. In 2014, Rauzan-Ségla is a wine of understated class with the potential to improve for several decades. Tasted two times.
|Score: 94+||Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, February 2017|
The 2014 Rauzan-Ségla has quite a lush, precocious bouquet with blackberry, raspberry, hints of juniper berry and brown spices, gaining intensity with continued aeration in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with fine grain tannin, crisp and focused, precise with a detailed, mineral-driven finish that is a real treat. This is a fine Rauzan-Ségla even if it might ultimately end up as a footnote to the exemplary 2015 and 2016. Tasted blind at the annual Southwold tasting. 2022 - 2050
|Score: 92||Neal Martin, vinous.com, March 2018|
The 2014 Rauzan-Segla has a very pure, mineral-driven bouquet that could almost be from the Côte de Nuits! This is as refined as you will discover in Margaux. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, caressing and smooth in texture with well-judged acidity and fanning out with crushed strawberry, Morello and a touch of orange rind on the finish. It is not patch on the 2015 for sure, but it is a worthy forerunner. Drink date 2020 - 2045
|Score: 92||Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (Interim En), April 2017|
The Château Rauzan-Ségla 2014 is a blend of 56% Cabernet Sauvignon, 42% Merlot, 1% Petit Verdot and 1% Cabernet Franc picked between 22 September until 16 October. It has a precise bouquet, nothing incredibly powerful with a touch of cold stone coming through with aeration. This is conservative even for this Margaux estate that usually keeps everything “controlled” out of barrel. The palate is medium-bodied with chalky tannin, crisp acidity, tensile and linear with sappy black fruit towards the finish. I was just seeking more substance to come through on the finish – it just does not quite deliver that knock out blow. Drink: 2017 - 2032.
|Score: 90/92||Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (218), April 2015|
A powerful and dense Rauzan with firm and chewy tannins that are polished and direct. Full body, yet the acid and tannin tension gives the wine impressive length. Will develop wonderfully.
|Score: 94/95||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, March 2015|
The 2014 Rauzan-Ségla is shaping up to be a real jewel of a wine. Super-polished and silky throughout, the 2014 is all about nuance. Red cherry, red currant and mint open up in a translucent, beautifully delineated wine. Ferrous and savory notes follow as the wine blossoms in the glass, revealing its depth and resonance. All the elements fall into place in a gracious wine that is at once classically austere, yet also supple and highly expressive, with virtually no sensation of tannin and terrific overall balance. Tasted twice.
|Score: 92/95||Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, April 2015|
Bright healthy crimson. Intense, focused perfume. Juicy and energetic and pure pleasure. Unforced. You could almost enjoy this already. Fine tannins there in abundance but not insistent.
|Score: 17||Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, May 2018|
Tasted blind. Very dense and medicinal – a bit much for a Margaux but an ambitious wine. Slightly sour on the end, but good stuff.
|Score: 17||Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, February 2018|
Dark crimson. Lifted and racy on the nose. Aérien, as they say. Quite ethereal. Far from heavy but sappy and appetising and well balanced. Really quite subtle. Attractively dry, but not drying, finish. Archetypal claret that lingers on the palate. The acid is only just not dominant, mind you. Drink 2023-2036
|Score: 17||Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2015|
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. 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. 56% Cabernet Sauvignon, 42% Merlot, 1% Petit Verdot, 1% Cabernet Franc. Deep ruby colour with a purple rim. The nose is aromatic with intense black cherries and violets, with sweet blueberry fruit and vanilla from new oak. Complex, pure and enticing. The palate is silky with very fine and ripe tannins giving a fleet-footed structure and adding vibrancy to the already juicy red and black cherry fruit core. Lifted notes of flowers and sweet spice make this elegant, pure and focused wine a real triumph of the vintage.
|Score: 17.5||Farr Vintners, March 2015|
This has a lightly firm singed alder frame, which works well with the core of dark currant and plum fruit, melding easily with a velvety back end that lets alluring black tea and anise notes emerge steadily. A bit flashy in style, but will certainly have fans. Best from 2019 through 2029. 9,167 cases made.
|Score: 91||James Molesworth (Wine Spectator), WineSpectator.com, February 2017|
The nose has a floral character, violets, fragrant, bright and fresh fruited. Sweet in the middle there is depth of fruit richness fleshy and supple with rounded tannins. The back palate is fresher bright but the finish has depth, sweet fruit richness. 2026-38
|Score: 89/93||Derek Smedley MW, April 2015|
This Chanel-owned property has produced a suitably stylish wine in 2014, but one that doesn’t sell at haute couture prices. In fact, it should be among the bargains of the vintage. Elegant, shimmering and silky, with balletic poise, mineral undertones and flavours of cassis, lead pencil and liquorice.
|Score: 95||Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com, April 2015|
|Score: 93||Decanter Magazine, April 2015|