A powerful, but yet pure and fresh Margaux

The Château Rauzan-Ségla is well known to all Bordeaux drinkers and the estate was established in 1763. However, in 1994 the current owners, the Wertheimer brothers, who also owns Coco Chanel, bought it and hired the scotsman John Kolasa to manage the wine making. John had previously been working at Château Latour and when he arrived to the estate, he planted more merlot and put a lot of focus on the vineyards; especially low-yields and meticulous selection of grapes.

The blend for this cuvée was 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 38% Merlot and 2% Petit Verdot and yields was extremely low this year in Bordeaux. 60% new oak is used to raise this wine for 18 months.

2011 Chateau Rauzan-Ségla, Margaux

The colour is very dark purple-red middle with very intense crimson red light edges.
After one hour scents of pencil lead, graphite, barn, cassis, fresh herbs, shale and saline mushrooms emerges from the glass. A quite deep, complex and fresh nose pushed by skillful use of oak.
This wine offers very pure, cool and fresh black fruit. The palate offers distinct cassis, dusty gravel, olives, lead pencil, grape-peel and loads of minerals. It offers high concentration and is full bodied with chewy and grainy, but currently a little coarse and heavy tannins. It is powerful, fleshy and very persistent too with very good balance. Acidity is very balsamic, fresh and energetic in this yet very young wine.

A very balanced, fresh and very persistent wine in this vintage indeed. It is drinkable now, but open it in 2019 to let the tannins settle more.


92-93p/100

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