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May 13, 2015

Rauzan Segla 2014

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There have been numerous releases this morning, including Pavie Macquin and Haut Bailly, both at £400 per case of 12×75. However, there has been one notable release, Rauzan Segla, which is one of the most compelling of the campaign so far. Rauzan Segla has released at £375 per case of 12×75, a £7 increase ex-London on 2013. With the similar scoring 2012 already costing £400, it is already being seen as one of the best buys of the vintage. The average case price of the last 10 vintages is £540 and so today’s release offers a 30% discount. Even if you consider the 2009, 2010 and 2005 as outliers, the average case price is £432 and the 2014 is their best vintage outside these three.

In 2014 they have again made a superb wines, leaving tasters delighted during the week of en primeur tasting.  Antonio Galloni (AG) scored it 92-95 points and says  ’The 2014 Rauzan-Ségla is shaping up to be a real jewel of a wine. Super-polished and silky throughout, the 2014 is all about nuance. Red cherry, red currant and mint open up in a translucent, beautifully delineated wine.’ James Suckling (JS) scored it 94-95 points and describes it as ‘A powerful and dense Rauzan with firm and chewy tannins that are polished and direct.’  Tim Atkin awarded it 95 points saying ’This Chanel-owned property has produced a suitably stylish wine in 2014, but one that doesn’t sell at haute couture prices. In fact, it should be among the bargains of the vintage.’ Robert Parker just marked the 2012 to 94+ from 92-95 and we can expect a similar score from bottle in a few years.

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Rauzan-Segla is a Second Growth from Margaux, vying with the likes of Chateau Palmer for pride of place after Chateau Margaux itself. In fact at the time of the 1855 classification the Estate was considered one of the truly great Second Growths. Thomas Jefferson ordered ten cases of Rauzan-Seglan 1790 after visiting Bordeaux in 1787, immediately declaring it as one of the top Second Growths. It has superb terroir and since 1994 the Estate has been owned by the Wertheimer Family of Chanel, who have put in place a superb wine making team headed up by David Orr and John Kolasa of Chateau Latour.

Chateau Rauzan-Segla is planted to 54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 41% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot and 1% Cabernet Franc and produces only 10,000-12,000 cases a year, less than the majority of other First and Second Growths.

Rauzan Segla 2014, 12×75 – £375 or 6×75 –  £187.50 EP
Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media 92-95
The 2014 Rauzan-Ségla is shaping up to be a real jewel of a wine. Super-polished and silky throughout, the 2014 is all about nuance. Red cherry, red currant and mint open up in a translucent, beautifully delineated wine. Ferrous and savory notes follow as the wine blossoms in the glass, revealing its depth and resonance. All the elements fall into place in a gracious wine that is at once classically austere, yet also supple and highly expressive, with virtually no sensation of tannin and terrific overall 
James Suckling, 94-95
A powerful and dense Rauzan with firm and chewy tannins that are olished and direct. Full body, yet the acid and tannin tension gives the wine impressive length. Will develop wonderfully.
James Molesworth 89-92
Soft-edged, with plum and black cherry fruit, laced with light sandalwood and tea notes that linger through the supple finish, which gains some extra velvety layers of blackberry and anise with air.
Neal Martin, 90-92
The Château Rauzan-Ségla 2014 is a blend of 56% Cabernet Sauvignon, 42% Merlot, 1% Petit Verdot and 1% Cabernet Franc picked between 22 September until 16 October. It has a precise bouquet, nothing incredibly powerful with a touch of cold stone coming through with aeration. This is conservative even for this Margaux estate that usually keeps everything “controlled” out of barrel. The palate is medium-bodied with chalky tannin, crisp acidity, tensile and linear with sappy black fruit towards the finish. I was just seeking more substance to come through on the finish – it just does not quite deliver that knock out blow.

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