2015 Château Rauzan-Ségla, Cru Classé Margaux

In a vintage where Margaux has been marked out as a particular success, Rauzan Ségla still stands out as particularly good. The palate is beautifully fresh and balanced, with good concentration and just the right level of extraction.

Critic score
93.25/100
Pricing
Case, 6 Bottles
En primeur
From a client
1 available
£606.00
Bottle
From a client
Report
1 available
£101.00

WINE DETAILS

  • Region & country
    Margaux, Médoc, Bordeaux, France
  • Grape
    63% Cabernet Sauvignon
    33% Merlot
    3% Petit Verdot
    1% Cabernet Franc
  • Maturity
    Young 2020 - 2032
  • Colour
    Red
  • Sweetness
    Dry
  • Style
    Still
  • Unit Volume
    Bottle (75cl.)
  • Classification
    Deuxième Cru
2015 Château Rauzan-Ségla, Cru Classé Margaux

TASTING NOTES

Dark and a little severe. Dense and plush in terms of tannin. Just not that seductively sweet in terms of flavour.

Jancis Robinson MW, jancisrobinson.com (April 2016)
16.5/20

The 2015 Rauzan-Ségla is simply magnificent. Rich, powerful and intense, the 2015 exudes class. The flavors are dark, sumptuous and wonderfully expressive. In many ways, the 2015 captures both the finesse of Margaux and the intensity of the year. Specifically, the combination of power, freshness and delineation is compelling. The 2015 was blended just 4-5 weeks before I started tasting it. Over the course of two weeks the wine seemed to gain quite a bit of volume and depth. The 2015 is an intense, rich wine. It is also totally compelling. Don't miss it. Tasted four times.

Antonio Galloni, vinous.com (April 2016)
93—96/100
Decanter (April 2016)
95/100

The 2015 Rauzan-Segla is a blend of 63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot and 1% Cabernet Franc cropped at 40 hl/ha between 10 September with the young Merlot vines and finishing with the Cabernet Sauvignon, which was picked between 22 September and 9 October. It is matured in 65% new oak for around 18 months. It has a very intense, almost crystalline bouquet with blackberry, briary, flint and just a touch of violet petal. There is incredible delineation here and the new wood is seamlessly integrated. The palate is medium-bodied with extremely fine tannin, perfectly judged acidity, otherworldly purity and a mineralité rarely seen in this Margaux estate. This is a brilliant Rauzan-Ségla, not necessarily more powerful than previous vintages, though enhanced by its precision, frisson and energy, perhaps longer on the finish. Winemaker Nicolas Audebert has conspired with the benevolent growing season to produce a benchmark wine for the estate.

Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (April 2016)
96—98/100

This is so sexy with superbly polished tannins that gives the wine super length and definition. Compacted and tight. Full body, tight yet flamboyant at the same time. Loving it.

James Suckling, jamessuckling.com (April 2016)
97—98/100