A delicious Bordeaux which has had time to carefully age and is now coming into its own. This is Chateau Rauzan-Segla’s second wine and it’s a blend of 50.5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 46% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot, and .5% Cabernet Franc. Aged for 18 months in 20% new French oak barrels. 13.5% ABV
A note from the estate on the 2017 vintage “Floral and sophisticated, the 2017 vintage brings us a subtle composition with stone fruit and spicy overtones. Lovely sweet Maltese orange espouses the notes of ripe apricot, with the apricot’s soft, velvety texture and that lovely tanginess when it caramelizes, a wonderful ambivalence between liveliness and maturity. The background tobacco is sweet and perfumed, the strawberry is powdered and candied. Fig mingles with the biscuity aromas and the rose has hints of cinnamon. The texture is soft, unctuous and stretches out endlessly. A nice trim wine, which is long on the palate and leaves complex yet delicate aromas in its wake”
Chateau Rauzan is in the Margaux appellation and dates back to the 17th Century, and having moved through various family members, is now owned by Chanel. It was lovingly restored in 1996, which included replacing the large tanks with smaller capacity vats, allowing for a more precise vinification process. They are now moving towards a more organic approach and started using Shire horses to farm portions of the vineyard in 2012. This pairs well with roast beef or a grilled steak and will still keep for a few years to come. A very enjoyable and approachable example of a classic Margaux chateau.