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Château Rauzan Ségla





Grape Variety:

Cab Sauvignon Merlot

Château Rauzan Ségla, 2ème Cru Classé, Margaux, 2020

6x75cl £399.00

5 cases Equiv. £66.50 per bottle

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Tasting Note:

We were delighted that Rauzan Segla decided to send samples this year. As with everything they do, the process was meticulous and the samples arrived in perfect condition. Produced from 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot and 1% Cabernet Franc from yields of just 30hl/ha, the 2020 rendition displays a classical, yet expressive bouquet of pure cassis, flowers, hawthorn, fennel, notes of tapenade and a wonderful graphite minerality. Nicolas Audebert describes Rauzan as a “mosaic expression of diverse plots”. On the palate there is an abundance of silky black fruit, a pure seam of cassis runs straight through the wine, it is clearly dense and compact, however, there’s energy and dynamism that makes this feel light-footed and vibrant. We love Nicolas’ interpretation of Rauzan, there’s a deep rooted classicism to the fruit, it’s true to the terroir, brooding, dark and noble, but the tannin management is technical and modern – the wines have a polish and refinement that make them so alluring. Another triumph from Rauzan.

"Tumeric and cumin spices alongside concentrated cassis and bilberry fruits, this has a powerful structure where the tannins layer up through the palate. There is no question that this is intense, and a reflection of the low yields of the vintage, but Rauzan Segla manages what it always does, which is to take the foot off the pedal at exactly the right moment, and allow the juice to come rushing in. The push and pull of muscular tannins and deft supple acidity gives an extra layer of success. Should be ready to drink a little earlier than the biggest years such as 2016 or 2019, but this will still age for decades. 1% Cabernet Franc completes the blend. Harvest began September 8, a yield of 30hl/ha. 60% new oak. Tasted twice." 96/100 - Jane Anson, Decanter.com

"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". 96-98+ - Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, The Wine Advocate

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