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Rauzan Segla

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Rauzan Segla

Classified as a second growth from Margaux in the Bordeaux region of France, Château Rauzan-Ségla is a Cabernet Sauvignon-dominant producer. Due to its rich and concentrated style, the wine has catapulted as one of the best second growths in production. Manager of Château Margaux and Château Latour, Pierre Desmezures de Rauzan, founded what was previously Domaine de Rauzan in September 1661. Passed through several generations, the chateau ends up in the hands of the Baroness of Ségla in 1816, which causes the name change of the winery. With a continuation of change in ownership, the winery does not change much until 1994 when Chanel, Inc. purchases the nearly 130 acre estate and rebuilds and reconstructs the vineyards and chateau. Since then machine harvesting has been eliminated and overall quality has been improved in harvesting as well as winemaking techniques. The Rauzan-Segla team is now compromised of individuals focused on the best presentation and quality of wines made for consumers who will enjoy a piece of history.

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Tasting Notes

The 1986 Rauzan-Segla is held up as one of the best wines of that decade. Now at 30 years old, it has an initially tightly wound bouquet that demands coaxing from the glass. It eventually offers exquisite aromas of small red cherries, cranberry jus, confit dates and briary, a hint of sandalwood tucked underneath. You would never describe the aromatics as "explosive" but it seems to gain in intensity. The palate is medium-bodied with a slightly savory entry. There is good structure here, but there is a sweet seam of fig and candied orange peel that to be honest, does not quite match the personality of the wine. My hunch is that this Rauzan-Segla is approaching the end of its drinking plateau, but any "decline" is going to be gradual and graceful. Drink now if you can, though I am certain large format bottles will have much more to offer. Tasted July 2016.

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