RSS Pin it

Chateau Rauzan Segla Margaux Bordeaux Wine

pin it button Chateau Rauzan Segla Margaux Bordeaux Wine

rauzan Segla Chateau 300x202 Chateau Rauzan Segla Margaux Bordeaux Wine

Chateau Rauzan Segla Margaux Second Growth, Bordeaux wine producer profile, with wine tasting notes, wine ratings, a history of the property, information on wine making and terroir, along with wine tasting reviews. If you want to read about other important, Bordeaux Chateaux: Links to all Bordeaux Wine Producer Profiles

Chateau Rauzan-Segla has a long and interesting history dating all the way back to 1661. On September 7, Pierre Desmezures de Rauzan became the new owner of The Noble House of Gassies, from the de Gascq family.

At the time, Pierre de Rauzan was well versed in the Bordeaux wine world. He was already the manager of Château Margaux. He stayed at Margaux for 2 more years before devoting his energy to Rauzan Segla. He returned to Margaux a few years later. Believe it or not, he also maintained the same responsibilities at Château Latour. If that was not enough, he purchased the Bordeaux wine vineyards that make up what we know today as Pichon Lalande and Pichon Baron in Pauillac!

In 1691, Rauzan Segla was approximately 40 hectares. In 1692, after Pierre de Rauzan’s death, his three sons shared the family holdings in Margaux. The Pauillac properties passed to his younger daughter Thérèse. This event was the start of the Pichon Longueville estate.

The beginning of the 18th century sparked the division between Rauzan Segla and Rauzan Gassies. The second brother, known as Sieur de Gassies began making his Bordeaux wine separately from his two brothers. This practice continued for decades. Obviously, that caused friction. Eventually, the estates separated.

Madame Marie-Anne de Briet and her daughter, the Baroness of Ségla played an important role in the history of Rauzan Segla. Madame Marie-Anne de Briet married Philippe Simon de Rauzan, the son of Jean-Baptiste’s son. Ten years later, they they split. Madame Marie-Anne de Briet sought to secure her dowry. She reclaimed her share of the estate and began to manage Rauzan Segla in 1778. By the end of the 18th century, the wines of Rauzan Segla had become famous all over the world. Thomas Jefferson, who went on to become the President of the United States ordered 10 cases of Rauzan Segla on September 6th 1790 after visiting Bordeaux in 1787. At that time Jefferson declared Rauzan was amongst the finest of the Second Growths.

Rauzan Garden 300x225 Chateau Rauzan Segla Margaux Bordeaux Wine

The eldest daughter of Madame Rauzan, Catherine, was the only descendent bearing the family name. She married Pierre Louis de Ségla in 1785. Pierre Louis de Ségla was killed during the 1789 Revolution. After her mother’s death in 1816, she and her sister the sole owners of the Rauzan estate. Madame Rauzan de Segla passed away in 1847. For the next two decades, the estate remained for in her heirs’ hands.

Rauzan Tasting 2 300x250 Chateau Rauzan Segla Margaux Bordeaux Wine

After belonging to the same family for two centuries, in 1866, Rauzan Segla was sold to Mr Eugène Durand-Dassier, for 730 000 Francs.  In 1903, Frédéric Cruse, the son-in-law Eugene Durand-Dassier, took over the management of Rauzan Segla. Cruse built the present château that replaced the old Chartreuse-style building, which had stood on the ruins of the original chateau for Rauzan Segla.

Construction of the chateau was completed in 1904. The chateau was designed by the architect Louis Garros. The beautiful grounds were designed by the landscape gardener, G. Le Breton. The property was purchased by Mr de Meslon in 1956, the year of the great frost which damaged much of the Bordeaux vineyards in the Medoc.

Rauzan Tasting 3 300x225 Chateau Rauzan Segla Margaux Bordeaux Wine

After the frost, because of the heavy damage much of the Left Bank vineyard needed replanting. The fermentation vats needed replacing as well at that point in time. In 1960, Melson sold Rauzan Segla to a British shipping company, John Holt Ltd.

In 1983, Rauzan Segla hired Mr Jacques Théo as General Manager and Mr Emile Peynaud as their consulting oenologist. By 1986, after an extensive renovation, Chateau Rauzan Segla was once again a modern winery with 20 new stainless steel, fermentation vats and new, modernized cellars. Chateau Rauzan Segla benefited from these huge investments for a few years before encountering new financial issues. For Chateau Rauzan Segla, this was a good thing as the estate was sold to Chanel in April 1994. Once the sale was finalized, Chateau Rauzan Segla immediately started to undergo a full renovation.

As part of the renovations at Chateau Rauzan Segla, the large vats were replaced by smaller capacity vats that matched the number of parcels at the estate. This allowed for more precise vinification on a parcel by parcel basis. The cellars, due to an initial design fault flooded. Due to the flood damage, the cellars needed years to fully dry out before they were rebuilt. From the 2004 vintages on, grapes began to be sorted on two, long vibrating tables, so that each single berry is looked at, one at a time.

Rauzan Segla barrels 300x300 Chateau Rauzan Segla Margaux Bordeaux Wine

The 62 hectare Bordeaux wine vineyard of Chateau Rauzan Segla is planted on a gravel based terroir to 54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 41% Merlot 4% Petit Verdot and 1% Cabernet Franc. This new vineyard cepage features more Merlot vines and the addition of Petit Verdot. The current makeup of the vineyard represents changes taken by John Kolasa over the past several years. Today, more Merlot is planted in the vineyards at the expense of Cabernet Sauvignon. This helped add additional layers of softness to the wine. The average age of the vines is close to 30 years old. Depending on the parcel, the vines are planted to various levels of density ranging from 6,600 to 10,000 vines per hectare.

For the wine of Chateau Rauzan Segla, the vinification takes place in temperature controlled, stainless steel tanks that vary in size and allow for parcel by parcel vinification. Malolactic fermentation takes place in vat. The wine of Chateau Rauzan Segla is aged in an average of 50% to 60% new, French oak barrels for between 18 to 20 months, depending on the character of the vintage. There is a second wine, Segla. On average, the production ranges from 10,000 to 12,000 cases of Chateau Rauzan Segla per vintage. Segla is not sold as a future and is only offered to the market once the wine is in bottle.

Segla chateau 300x176 Chateau Rauzan Segla Margaux Bordeaux Wine

Rauzan Segla is managed by John Kolasa, who is also in charge of Chateau Canon in St. Emilion. Prior to the Kolasa era, the wines from the 1950′s, 1960′s, 1970′s, 1980′s and even the 1990′s were moderate at best. A few exceptions can be found, most notably, 1983, 1990 and the stunning 1986 are all great examples of Bordeaux wine from Rauzan Segla.

When John Kolasa joined Rauzan Segla, he instantly began to modernize the Margaux estate from the ground up starting with attention to detail in the vineyards. One of his first moves was to discontinue the practice of harvesting by machine. The vine density was increased to 10,000 vines per hectare and installed a new drainage system. They began crop thinning for the first time and purchased additional sorting tables to help with the selection. They added new smaller vats and tanks before doing a complete renovation of the property. The amount of Merlot was increased as well. It was Kolasa’s idea to begin producing Segla, the second wine of Rauzan Segla, starting with the 1995 vintage. The increase in quality is clearly seen when tasting Chateau Rauzan Segla. 2005, 2009 and 2010 are all contenders for perhaps the best wine produced in the history of Chateau Rauzan Segla.

Starting with the 2000 vintage, Rauzan Segla showed the estate was back on track! 2005 Rauzan Segla was a stunning achievement and major step up in quality. This was followed by equally strong wines from Rauzan Segla in 2009 and 2010. In 2009, to celebrate 350 years of wine making at the property, they hired Karl Lagerfeld to create a special label. The label was not appreciated by many consumers.

The wines of Rauzan Segla are meant to age, allowing the wine to develop complexity, aromas and textures. They do not offer much pleasure young. Tannic, rich, structured and full bodied, with time, the wine offers complex spicy and floral aromatics, purity of fruit, refined textures, concentration and harmony that few other wines deliver. 2005, 2009 and 2010 are all stunning examples of Chateau Rauzan Segla at its best.

Wine Tasting Notes

Displaying 22 vintages | 142271 Views Sorted by vintage

  1. 2013 Ségla

    1. Using 56% Cabernet Sauvignon, 43% Merlot and 1% Petit Verdot helped produce an early-drinking Margaux that focuses on red cherries and earth. 84-85 Pts

      84 points - Tasted
    Average Selling Price:  • Find this wine to buy on Wine-Searcher
  2. 2013 Château Rauzan-Ségla

    1. From a blend of 58% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot, 2% Petit Verdot and 1% Caberent Franc, the wine reached 13% alcohol. With yields of 32 hectoliters per hectare, the Grand Vin was made from 39% of the crop. Lead pencil, cedar and blackberry notes open to a medium-bodied wine made with a much-needed light touch. This vintage represents a lighter expression of Rauzan Segla, which will be drinkable early. 90-92 Pts

      91 points - Tasted
    Average Selling Price:  • Find this wine to buy on Wine-Searcher
  3. 2012 Château Rauzan-Ségla

    1. With 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37.5% Merlot, 1.5% Petit Verdot and 1% Cabernet Franc, the wine reached 13.5% alcohol with a PH of 3.67. Sporting a deep, ruby color, the wine is fresh, sweet, soft and spicy. The ample tannins are silky. There is a polished core of cherries, licorice and cassis in the finish. 92-94 Pts

      93 points - Tasted
    Average Selling Price:  • Find this wine to buy on Wine-Searcher
  4. 2012 Ségla

    1. Perfect example of an easy-to-drink, easy-to-like, classic Bordeaux wine that will be drinkable on release. 84-86 Pts

      85 points - Tasted
    Average Selling Price:  • Find this wine to buy on Wine-Searcher
  5. 2011 Château Rauzan-Ségla

    1. This would be a nice wine in any vintage, but it's a true accomplishment in 2011. Truffle, earth, plums, black cherry and spice aromas come to the surface with ease. The fruit is bright, with good freshness and balance, finishing with sweet, ripe berries. The wine demands at least 5 years in the cellar before showing what it has to offer.

      92 points - Tasted
    2. Blending 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 38% Merlot and 2% Petit Verdot, which is very similar to the blend used in 2010, the wine reached 13% alcohol, which is 1% less than last year. Deep ruby with purple accents in the color, the wine opens with flowers, while stone, blackberry liqueur and truffle scents are easy to find. Rich, round, medium/full-bodied with elegant textures, the wine finishes with fresh cassis, bitter chocolate and black raspberry. 92-93 Pts

      92 points - Tasted
    Average Selling Price:  • Find this wine to buy on Wine-Searcher
  6. 2010 Château Rauzan-Ségla

    1. There is a beautiful sense of symmetry in this wine. With just enough layers of intense, concentrated, ripe, fresh, juicy berries, the wine pops with freshness, elegance and strength. Not as exotic as the 2009, it’s more powerful, concentrated, tannic, bright and perhaps, complex. This blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 3.5% Petit Verdot and 1.5% Cabernet Franc produced a wine that will demand cellaring. My guess is, patient consumers are going to be rewarded with pleasure.

      95 points - Tasted
    2. Floral, stone, sweet crème de cassis, truffles, boysenberry and violets are easily discovered in the perfume. With ripe tannins, freshness and a long spicy, black raspberry, cocoa and plum jam finish, this delicious Margaux wine is pleasure in the glass. 95-96 Pts

      95 points - Tasted
    3. Rauzan-Segla - Only 45% of the crop was used in the Grand Vin. Produced from an assemblage of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot, the wine reached 14% alcohol, which is slightly higher than they achieved in 2009. Alluring scents of fresh flowers, truffle, cassis and jammy black plums combine with silk and velvet textures to produce an opulent, powerful, sensuous Margaux that coats your mouth with sensations of supple tannin and intense purity. When comparing this with the highly regarded 2009, it is not a question of quality or score, it’s a matter of style. The 2009 is more sensuous, while the 2010 offers more power and lift from higher acidity. 94-96 Pts.

      95 points - Tasted
    Average Selling Price:  • Find this wine to buy on Wine-Searcher
  7. 2010 Ségla

    1. Segla - Cassis, spice and oak scents, soft textures and a fresh berry finish are found in this very strong second wine. 2010 Segla should sell for about $25, which makes it a steal and it will be ready to drink on release. 89-91 Pts

      90 points - Tasted
    Average Selling Price:  • Find this wine to buy on Wine-Searcher
  8. 2009 Château Rauzan-Ségla

    1. Once past the label, this stunning Margaux has it all going on! From a blend of 68% Cabernet Sauvignon and 32% Merlot, this delicious, sexy textured woine features layers of juicy ripe, opulent, pure berries. The wine has depth, concentration and freshness. The perfume grabs your attention with its floral, spice, truffle, stone and cassis scents, this is a serious Margaux that will age and develop for decades. This is the best young Rauzan Segla I have ever tasted! Although, the 2010 will give it a run for the money, in a different style.

      96 points - Tasted
    2. 2009 Rauzan Segla is deep ruby. The perfume offers jammy blackberry, fudge, fennel, earth, spice, and floral notes. Full bodied with a rich texture, round tannins, and structure to age, this sublime wine ends with long, pure sensations of sweet berries. 94/96 Pts

      96 points - Tasted
    Average Selling Price:  • Find this wine to buy on Wine-Searcher
  9. 2008 Château Rauzan-Ségla

    1. 2008 Rauzan Segla, with floral, boysenberry, cassis, tobacco, oak and spicy scents, this full bodied wine already feels soft and silky in the mouth. The wine finishes with sweet ripe, berries and chocolate. 93 Pts

      93 points - Tasted
    2. 08 Château Rauzan Segla is deeply colored. Black fruit, cassis, smoke, and oak with a hint of floral aromas fill your nose. Full bodied and concentrated. The nature of the tannins makes the 08 one of the rare vintages of Rauzan-Segla that should not only drink well young, but will have the ability to age. 92-95 Pts

      93 points - Tasted
    Average Selling Price:  • Find this wine to buy on Wine-Searcher
  10. 2006 Château Rauzan-Ségla

    1. Powerful, tannic and structured to age, the wine offers crème de cassis, cedar, floral, truffle and blackberry notes along with a long, fresh, tannic, clean finish. Give this 5-10 more years and enjoy this beautiful Margaux for several decades after that.

      92 points - Tasted
    Average Selling Price:  • Find this wine to buy on Wine-Searcher
  11. 2005 Château Rauzan-Ségla

    1. At close to 10 years of age, secondary notes of smoke, tobacco, caramel, blackberry, forest floor and cassis are easy to find. Long, fresh and balanced, there is a beautiful sense of purity in the fruit that pairs perfectly with the soft, ripe tannins in the finish. Still young, this is only starting to wake up and should age gracefully for at least 2 decades or more.

      94 points - Tasted
    2. Big, bold and broad shouldered, this structured, cassis, floral, blackberry and anise scented wine has all the stuffing needed to age and develop for decades. This is in the mold of the 86, which remains the finest wine I've tasted from the property.

      94 points - Tasted
    Average Selling Price:  • Find this wine to buy on Wine-Searcher
  12. 2004 Château Rauzan-Ségla

    1. Flowers, smoke, cassis, pepper, blackberry and tobacco aromatics are meshed with a concentrated wine that offers a rich texture. The finish with its minor hint of green from underripeness detracts a little bit, from the experience. Still young, another 5-10 years will add a lot to. the wine

      90 points - Tasted
    Average Selling Price:  • Find this wine to buy on Wine-Searcher
  13. 2003 Château Rauzan-Ségla

    1. Light in color, the wine expresses earth, tobacco and cedar scents. The fruit has started to fade. It’s time to drink up.

      89 points - Tasted
    Average Selling Price:  • Find this wine to buy on Wine-Searcher
  14. 2000 Château Rauzan-Ségla

    1. Young, tight and tannic, this requires another 5-10 years before it add more complexity to its tobacco, earth, spice, cassis, floral, stone and fresh cut herb filled nose. Masculine in style, the wine ends with a blast of fresh, berries, cassis and cranberry. This wine is more about potential than pleasure today. Give it time.

      92 points - Tasted
    Average Selling Price:  • Find this wine to buy on Wine-Searcher
  15. 1996 Château Rauzan-Ségla

    1. Truffle, tobacco, fresh picked blackberry and earthy notes open to a medium/full bodied wine that hovers on the austere, or should I say, classic side of the style range. With 3 hours of air, the wine softened, and developed aromatic complexities, but it remained an old school, classic style that could use a bit more charm. It's not about the quality, it's about the style. Either give it another 5 years of bottle age, or 3-4 hours of air, if you're thinking of popping a cork.

      90 points - Tasted
    Average Selling Price:  • Find this wine to buy on Wine-Searcher
  16. 1995 Château Rauzan-Ségla

    1. Very classic in nature, tannic, masculine, lean and built to age, this is not much fun to drink, even at close to 17 years of age. Knowing the property, I'm giving it the benefit of the doubt, but it's going to take at least another 10-15 years to come around. Buyers should be patient, young and have a preference for fresher, tannic, old school styled Bordeaux wine.

      90 points - Tasted
    Average Selling Price:  • Find this wine to buy on Wine-Searcher
  17. 1990 Château Rausan-Ségla

    1. Drinking in the sweet spot at 24 years of age, the perfume, with its floral, earth, tobacco and dark cherries is a pleasure which is made better by the soft, round, textures and sweet red and black fruits found in the finish. This could be better in a few years, or not. With all the tannin resolved and the patina of age on display in the texture, there is no reason to hold off pulling a cork.

      93 points - Tasted
    2. Enticing secondary notes of cedar chest, smoke, forest floor, blackberry, cigar wrapper and cassis come up with 90 minutes of decanting and a little swirling. On the palate, the wine is coming around, the tannins are starting to soften giving the wine voluptuous textures with its fresh boysenberry, black raspberry and cassis finish. This a lot of fun to drink today. But it's still not at peak. I would not hesitate to pop bottle, but if someone waited another 5 to 10 years, who could blame them as it is only going to get better. If this wine was just a little longer in the finish, it would merit a higher score. Still, this is really fine and not far from the 1986.

      94 points - Tasted
    3. It took 23 years, but this is really starting to rock! Chocolate covered cherries, licorice, coffee bean, blackberry liqueur, black cherry, earth. smoke, cigar box, fresh herbs and spice notes make up the aromatics. On the palate, the wine is concentrated, rich, full bodied and still young, with some tannin waiting to be resolved. If there was not a sensation of dryness with the tannins, this beautiful Margaux would score even higher. Another few years will add more nuances this wine.

      94 points - Tasted
    4. Tobacco, cassis, earth, smoke, spice, truffle and blackberry scents are revealed in the perfume. Powerful, concentrated and still tannic, this traditionally styled Margaux wine is masculine in nature and will benefit from more age. After 90 minutes in the glass, this concentrated wine developed additional complexities and softened a bit in the fresh, spicy, bright, cassis filled finish, but it might always remain slightly brawny in character. I'm giving my next bottle more air and time.

      93 points - Tasted
    5. Spice, flowers, licorice, cassis, tobacco and a faint hint of truffle make up the perfume. In the mouth, the wine is full bodied, chewy and almost round in texture. The wine ends in cassis and black cherry flavors with a hint of spicy kirsch in the 35/40 second finish. At 20 years of age, most of the tannin's have faded away. The wine fleshed out after an hour in the decanter.

      94 points - Tasted
    6. Cassis, earth, coffee, licorice and leather are easy to find. Full bodied and balanced. Great palate presence. Still young.

      93 points - Tasted
    7. Perfumed with notes of cassis, blackberries, tobacco, allspice and earthy aromas. On the palate, a nice opulent feel of Cabernet fruit. Concentrated and full bodied. Better in the entry, a little short on the middle and finish. Still a bit tight and tannic.

      92 points - Tasted
    8. Notes of spice, flowers, blueberries & blackberries. The palate displays an elegant texture. This is still very young with tannins to resolve. The finish is slightly chalky.

      90 points - Tasted
    Average Selling Price:  • Find this wine to buy on Wine-Searcher
  18. 1989 Château Rausan-Ségla

    1. This displays tobacco, herbs, earth, and cassis in the nose. The wine, which still has some tannin to resolve, has good body and lot fruit, but it needs time to come around and soften up. This is a more traditional style of Margaux.

      90 points - Tasted
    Average Selling Price:  • Find this wine to buy on Wine-Searcher
  19. 1986 Château Rausan-Ségla

    1. With 3 hours of air, the tannins softened and scents of cassis, flowers, tobacco and truffle bloomed. Classic, in the good sense, with depth, complexity, length and character, there is a lot to like about the wine. Interestingly, it combines power, masculine character and softness as part of its charms. Drink now, with a few hours of decanting, or wait another 5 to 10 years to see what happens.

      95 points - Tasted
    2. Floral, blackberry, coffee bean, cuban cigar, cassis, earth and fresh picked violets grab your attention. Gobs of ripe, juicy, Caberent Sauvignon fill your mouth with flavor. Tannic, powerful, full bodied and still young, with a hint of rusticity, this beautiful wine will only get better over the next several decades.

      96 points - Tasted
    3. Very classy, stylish wine. Full bodied and concentrated with ripe black fruit, spice, tobacco and floral elements, it fills your mouth with freshness and ripe Cabernet. This will evolve for decades.

      95 points - Tasted
    Average Selling Price:  • Find this wine to buy on Wine-Searcher
  20. 1983 Château Rausan-Ségla

    1. With a beautiful perfume filled with floral, tobacco, crème de cassis, blackberry, plum, spice and earth, this full bodied, youthful, powerful wine is a structured, firm, yet refined example of Margaux.

      91 points - Tasted
    2. The wine took time to open, but when it did, a beautiful, earthy, tobacco and floral scented wine smiled and said hello. Structured, tannic and slightly austere with ample concentration and depth of flavors to continue aging and evolving. This tasted much younger than a 27 year old wine.

      92 points - Tasted
    3. This remains stubbornly youthful and tannic with a slight, austere bent to it reminding me of many 86 Bordeaux. With time, black fruit, cassis, flowers and tobacco found their way from the glass. Air, or another decade will add more flesh to the wine.

      90 points - Tasted
    4. Herbs, coffee, blackberry and licorice on the nose, full bodied with some tannin remaining. This old style wine is on the austere side of Margaux with a stern personality.

      91 points - Tasted
    Average Selling Price:  • Find this wine to buy on Wine-Searcher
  21. 1961 Château Rausan-Ségla

    1. Rusty, ruby coiored, with earth, spice, tobacco, truffle and cassis in the nose, this rustic, hard, lean wine offers a modicum of pleasure for tasters who enjoy, older, traditionally made wine.

      82 points - Tasted
    Average Selling Price:  • Find this wine to buy on Wine-Searcher
  22. 1955 Château Rausan-Ségla

    1. This was tasted from a pristine bottle that was never moved from the chateau. The color looked 20 years younger. Truffle, tobacco, minerals, fresh cut trees, dark berries and ash started off the aromatic perfume. Soft textures with the syrupy patina of age, this elegant wine ended with silky, baked, dark cherry flavors.

      94 points - Tasted
    Average Selling Price:  • Find this wine to buy on Wine-Searcher