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Château Rauzan-Ségla

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2018 Château Rauzan-Ségla  (Margaux) 98

Inky garnet with purple accents in the hue, the depth of color reveals only part of the story. The perfume, with its violets, espresso, smoke, tobacco leaf and a sea of stand out ripe, dark red fruits ranging from blackberry to plum. On the palate, the wine is plush, dense and full-bodied yet it glides. Already expressive in the nose and mouth, the finish matches perfectly with its outstanding level of purity, extract and freshness. Is this better than the majestic 2015 or the strong 2016? Perhaps it is! I'm waiting for a blind tasting. Give it ten years or just a bit longer and this beauty will shine for decades after that. The wine was produced from blending 56% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot, reaching 14.0% alcohol with a pH of 3.8. The harvest took place September 12 to October 11. The Grand Vin was made from 45% of the harvest. 97-99 Pts

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2017 Château Rauzan-Ségla  (Margaux) 95

Deep in color, this wine is violets, licorice, coffee bean, thyme and ripe red fruits which take no effort to find. The wine is luxurious, concentrated and bright with a texture that feels like the deep fruits were polished with velvet. On the palate, there is a sweetness and juicy quality to the fruit combined with energy and a kiss of oak. Give this a decade or just a bit longer and this beauty will really shine. The wine was produced from blending 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot and 2% Petit Verdot, reaching 13.0% alcohol with a pH of 3.68. The harvest took place September 12 to September 28. The Grand Vin was made from 55% of the harvest.

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2016 Château Rauzan-Ségla  (Margaux) 97

Still young, but you can find hints of tobacco leaf, truffle, herbs and flowers poke through the ripe, red and dark red fruits. The wine is concentrated, silky, uplifting and generous, as well as long, fresh pure. This wine will need 12-15 years before it really starts opening and showing its true essence.

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Depth of flavor, complexity, energy and concentration are easy to see. And so is the gorgeous, floral, red berry, licorice, earth and gentle smoke tones. Silky, sweet and fresh, this is going to need 12-15 years before it really starts opening.

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Concentrated, fresh, lively, clean and pure, with loads of floral, earth, tobacco and black cherry nuances. The wine is multi layered, full-bodied, silky and vibrant, requiring 12-15 years in the cellar or more to show its best.

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Deep in color with violets and licorice that take no effort to find, this wine is luxurious and concentrated and feels like ripe black fruits polished with velvet. There is a sweetness combined with a quintessence of fruit that will send your mind to Bordeaux no matter where you take your first sip. The wine was produced from blending 68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 2% Petit Verdot, reaching 13.5% alcohol with a pH of 3.6 and is aged in 60% new, French oak barrels for 18 months before bottling. The harvest took place from September 20 to October 4 for the Merlot and from October 10 to October 15 for the Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine represents only 50% of the harvest.

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2015 Château Rauzan-Ségla  (Margaux) 98

Incredibly polished and silky on the palate, the wine is deep, concentrated, luscious and sexy. Even though this is just a baby in terms of its evolution, the wine already offers flowers, spice box, licorice and sweet blackberry aromas. Full bodied, with the tanninsnd structure to age for decades, the wine offers purity of fruit, energy and complexity. The finish remains with you for at least 50 seconds! This could be the best wine the estate has ever produced.

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I've tasted this wine multiple times, from barrel and bottle, and each time it has shown improvement. Liquid silk on the palate, the wine is deep, concentrated, luscious and sexy. It is full bodied, with the tannins to age for decades. But these tannins are velvet textured. The wine offers purity of fruit, energy and complexity. This could be the best wine the estate has ever produced.

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On target to place among the top wines ever produced at Rauzan Segla, this wine has it all. Florals, fruit, freshness, silky textures and a decadent, hedonistic personality. This should hit the top of my score range with ease.

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Florals, licorice, tobacco, truffle, violets and ripe, sweet, fruits create the complex perfume. Soft, rich and polished, this wine feels like silk and velvet on the palate. Weight and density provide you with a concentration of raw materials while the finesse-styled finish lingers and expands. From a blend of 63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot, the wine reached 14.% alcohol with a pH of 3.7. Aging in 65% new, French oak barrels for 18 months before bottling, it represents 45% of the production. The harvest took place from September 10 to October 9. This is the debut vintage for the new director Nicolas Audebert. Bravo for your first effort! 95 - 97 Pts

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2014 Château Rauzan-Ségla  (Margaux) 92

Truffle, cherry pipe tobacco and earthy scents are right out in front. Medium bodied, soft, energetic and feminine, give the wine 5-7 years to add more dimension and flesh.

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With the opening essence suggesting florals, fennel, cocoa, cassis and blackberry upon the nose, this wine is medium/full-bodied with delectably dark fruits, silky tannins and brightness in the finish. From a blend of 56% Cabernet Sauvignon, 42% Merlot, 1% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot, the wine reached 13.5% alcohol. The Grand Vin represents only 40% of the harvest. 93-94 Pts

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2013 Château Rauzan-Ségla  (Margaux) 91

A very good wine for the vintage. Produced in a forward, up front style, the wine offers soft textures, medium body and a fresh, sweet, bright, cherry and plum profile, with earth and flowers tossed in for complexity. This will improve with a few years of bottle age.

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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

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2012 Château Rauzan-Ségla  (Margaux) 94

This was good in the barrel, but it’s so much better in the bottle with its complex nose of floral, black cherry, truffle, thyme and black plum aromas. Full bodied, rich and concentrated, with silky smooth tannins and freshness that lingers on your palate. Offered at a fair price, coupled with the ability to age and develop, if you like Margaux, this deserves a place in your cellar.

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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

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2011 Château Rauzan-Ségla  (Margaux) 92

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.

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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

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2010 Château Rauzan-Ségla  (Margaux) 95

Give this stunner another decade and you're going to be enjoying an absolute beauty. There is depth of flavor, concentration, perfectly ripe fruits, silky tannins and levels of complexity that will knock you out.

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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.

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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

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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.

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2009 Château Rauzan-Ségla  (Margaux) 95

The truffle, cigar box, cedar, floral, citrus and dark red fruit notes are almost at their secondary stage. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied, silky, fresh, rich and supple. The berries and floral character with their sweetness and lift feels as good as it tastes. With 2 hours in the decanter, this is a stunner, else wait about 5 more years and drink over the next 2 decades with ease.

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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.

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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

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2008 Château Rauzan-Ségla  (Margaux) 92

With a shifting in color to show its maturity, the wine opens with tobacco, cedar, herbs, Christmas spice and forest notes to accompany the red fruits. Medium/full bodied, with a classic leaning, the tannins are just starting to soften. The fruit is a bit strict on the palate at this moment. In time, perhaps, 5-8 years, the wine should develop softer textures, along with more aromatic complexity.

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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

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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

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2007 Château Rauzan-Ségla  (Margaux) 91

Showing it's age in color, the wine offers cigar box, cedar wood, and tobacco with cassis on the back end. Medium bodied, almost light on the palate, the wine is elegant, fully mature and ready for consumption. Not a wine of density, it's still a wine of pleasure that does not warrant further age or much more than splash decanting.

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2006 Château Rauzan-Ségla  (Margaux) 92

With a nose that is showing secondary development, cedar, truffle, cigar box, lead pencil and cassis notes are easy to find. On the palate, the wine is earthy, fresh and polished, leaving you with a tannic, crisp, dark plum and cassis finish with a hint of truffle on the palate. This is good now, but will be even better with 5 more years in the bottle. The wine was made from a blend 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 44% Merlot and 3% Petit Verdot.

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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.

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2005 Château Rauzan-Ségla  (Margaux) 94

Showing some lightness in color, with truffle, tobacco, earth, cigar box, licorice and black fruits in the nose. Sleepy, but not closed, this structured, age worthy wine needs serious air or another 5-10 years, before it truly starts to show all its considerable, soft, supple charms and complexities.

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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.

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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.

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2004 Château Rauzan-Ségla  (Margaux) 90

Medium/full bodied, with a nose that is starting to show secondary characteristics with its floral, fresh black raspberry, tobacco, cedar and forest scents. The tannins are still there, but they are not obtrusive. This will improve with a few more years in the bottle.

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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

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2003 Château Rauzan-Ségla  (Margaux) 89

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

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2002 Château Rauzan-Ségla  (Margaux) 90

Medium full bodied, firm, even a little bit on the brawny, classic side, side, the nose gets you going with its floral, tobacco, earth and blackberry notes. On the palate, the tannic, soild wine needs a few more years in the hopes that it will soften and flesh out just a bit more.

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2001 Château Rauzan-Ségla  (Margaux) 91

Medium/full bodied, finesse styled wine that began offering its charms up with an hour of air. The tobacco, sweet cherry, earth, plum and floral tones in the nose was the perfect accompaniment to the fresh, soft, polished, dark, red fruit filled finish.

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2000 Château Rauzan-Ségla  (Margaux) 92

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.

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1999 Château Rauzan-Ségla  (Margaux) 89

A lighter style of Margaux, that offers a delicate, complex nose, and a bright, fresh, red fruit and earthy palate presence. This should improve, but it does not have a long future.

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1996 Château Rauzan-Ségla  (Margaux) 90

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.

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1995 Château Rauzan-Ségla  (Margaux) 92

Firm, structured, tannic, fresh and packed with crisp, cassis and blackberries, the nose offers some secondary development, with its floral, tobacco and cedar notes, but the palate asks you to wait at least another 5 years for the tannins to soften, while more evolution takes place.

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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.

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1994 Château Rauzan-Ségla  (Margaux) 89

Medium-bodied, firm, structured and bordering on austere, the wine is better on the earthy, tobacco, cedar, smoke, cherry and forest infused nose than on the crisp, bright, classic palate. The wine is firm and fresh, with an herbal, leafy leaning to the fruit. Those with a love for truly classic Bordeaux will be more fond of this wine than I am.

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