60 % Cabernet Sauvignon, 36 % Merlot, 3 % Petit Verdot, 1 % Cabernet Franc, Alkohol 13.5 %vol, pH 3.74, 30 hl/ha, Ausbau 18 Monate in 60 % neuen Barrique. Tiefes Purpur mit opaker Mitte und zartem lila Rand. Betörendes florales Bouquet mit roten Rosen und Cassisblüten, dahinter frisch gepflückte Alpenheidelbeere, Nougatpraline, rote Johannisbeerdrops und Schattenmorellensaft. Am sublimen Gaumen mit samtiger Textur, tiefgründiger Extraktfülle, perfekt ausgereiftem kakaoartigem Tanningerüst und durchtrainiertem Körper. Im energiegeladenen Finale ein Feuerwerk mit Wildkirsche, schwarzer Johannisbeere und erhabener Adstringenz. Ein absoluter «Must-Have» aus Margaux. Chapeau Nicolas Audebert.
Full-bodied and layered with velvety layers of tannins that are beautifully interspersed with ripe fruit and dark-chocolate notes. Silky and lightly chewy texture. Very long, solid finish.
Incredibly dark in color, the wine explodes with violets, boysenberry, cigar box, graphite, blackberry, plum, black cherry, toasty oak and spice. Full-bodied, with a fabulous depth of flavor, energy, purity and refinement, the wine is long, intense and silky. The finish, with its velvet-drenched layers of fruits entices you to take another sip, simply because it is that good. The finish holds on to for close to 50 seconds, leaving you with a wealth of expansive fruit, espresso and dark cocoa. The wine blends 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot and 1% Cabernet Franc, 13.5% ABV, pH 3.74. The harvest took place September 8 - September 29.
The 2020 Rauzan-Ségla is set to be matured in 60% new oak barrels for an intended 18 months. I left my sample for 30 minutes because, like the Ségla, it was backward and rather taciturn on the nose. It repaid a little patience with very classic scents of blackberry, crushed stone, wilted iris flowers and a hint of orange blossom. The aromatics are exquisitely delineated yet succinctly controlled. The palate is medium-bodied with fine-boned tannins that support crystalline black fruit interlaced with light graphite and crustacean notes. Brimming with energy and full of tension from start to finish, this is a sophisticated and quite intellectual Margaux. It’s also flippin’ delicious.
Composed of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot and 1% Cabernet Franc, the 2020 Rauzan-Ségla is aging for 18 months in French oak barrels, 60% new. It has an alcohol of 13.5% and a pH of 3.74. Deep purple-black colored, aromas of blackcurrant cordial, stewed red and black plums, chocolate-covered cherries and raspberry coulis erupt from the glass, leading to an undercurrent of tar, licorice, red roses and menthol, plus a hint of unsmoked cigars. The medium-bodied palate is elegant and yet manages seriously impressive intensity, which is well-sustained throughout the mid-palate and finish. Refined and refreshing, delivering beautifully soft, silt-like tannins and bags of bright red and black fruits, it finishes with amazing length and a stunning perfume. Between this and Château Canon, Nicolas Audebert and his team have knocked it out of the park this vintage.
Chateau Rauzan-Segla, Rue Alexis Millardet, 33460 Margaux, Frankreich/France