I still remember the first Rauzan-Segla I tasted. It was my welcoming to the wonderful wines of the Margaux appellation. It deeply opened my mind. I will never forget it. And I must admit since then, I’ve been pleased by many of them. AOC Margaux is simply amazing and there is a common factor in all of them: high capacity of seduction for all wine drinkers or not.
Sometimes I wonder if it sounds a bit abstract to use the word seduction when describing a wine but it’s the truth. This is the fascination that Margaux exercises over the nose whether you recognize or not the characteristics of the bouquet. There is something there… specially in the well aged ones because a young Margaux may deliver an excess of coffee notes that sometimes may make it not pleasant at all.
Even though leather aromas are well associated with well aged Pauillac and Saint Estephe, I also find them in Margaux. Its perfume plays with a mix of elements that make the wine reach the epitome of elegance with subtle fragrances of red and black fruits.
Last March we had the chance to try Rauzan Segla 07’ 06’ 05’ 96’ and 95’… all together in one night. I got amazed with the potential of 05’ and 95’. Still 96 was the one bringing up the best from itself. Definitely, I would say 96’ is at its best time to enjoy now. 05’ was obviously young and it was tasted without making any reference of the vintage. From 07’ and 06’, we got more or less what we were expecting but 05’ gave a wow factor to all the drinkers. As I said, it was blind… they did not know it was 05’ which was an outstanding year in Bordeaux for the exceptional weather and big amount of quality wine. This is exactly what happened last 2015 or an even better example with the recent 2016 which is going to reach one of the higher ratings in the history of Bordeaux.
The story of this Grand Cru Classé began in the reign of Louis XIV when Pierre des Mesures de Rauzan purchased the state and gave it his own name in 1661. This great Bordeaux wine merchant, who already farmed Margaux and Latour, recognized the exceptional terroir. Among the future admirers then was Thomas Jefferson, true connoisseur of Bordeaux wines, who placed an order with Baroness de Segla in 1790 when he was first secretary of State to President George Washington, mentioning in his correspondence that the wines “named de Rozan, from your state, are of excellent quality”.
Having received this seal of approval from the future president of the United States, Chateau Rauzan-Segla went on to be awarded the rank of Second Classified Growth in the 1855 classification. The title has never been seen as a final reward but rather as a permanent and daily commitment to excellence.
The generous nature of Rauzan-Segla certainly would not be what it is without the all important human dimension. Pierre de Rauzan’s dream, in 1661, was to earn a place in the world of Grands Vins thru his property. Today, John Kolasa and Nicolas Audebert, with their team, run 74 hectares (composed of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37.5% Merlot, 1.5% Petit Verdot and 1% Cabernet Franc) and continue the work of precision undertaken by Channel in 1994.
If you want to check out other wines from Margaux that are cost-efficient,I would like to highlight Vivens-Dufort, Giscours, D’Issan, Ferriére, Pouget and Prieuré Lichine. There are 2 additional wineries slightly higher in cost, which I personally do love: Brane Cantenac and Lascombes. Salud!