This is an excellent example of great Bordeaux, one that is drinking well now (we would recommend decanting it) or will keep for at least 10 years in half bottle.
The wine is a blend of 68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 2% Petit Verdot, and was aged in French oak barrels (60% new oak) for 18 months. It has a vivid red/purple colour and an elegant nose full of black fruits and spice. Still a fairly youthful wine, it has notes of blackberry, clove, mixed herbs and a tiny hint of black pepper on the palate. A Very classic, firm-structured style of Bordeaux but with plenty of flavour now, and potential to open and develop in character over time.
Chateau Rauzan-Segla is found in the revered Margaux appellation and dates back to the 17th Century. Designated a ‘Deuxièmes Crus’ or 2nd Growth in the original Bordeaux classifications of 1855, the estate has a lofty heritage. After generations of family ownership, it is now owned by Chanel, who as might be expected have made significant investments in the quality and condition of the winery, vineyards and wines – continuing to increase the quality and consistency of the wines. They are now moving towards a more organic approach, for example using shire horses to farm portions of the vineyard from 2012. This pairs well with roast beef or a grilled steak and still has plenty of life and vibrancy to reward laying down for up to 10 years. 14.5% ABV.