1989 Chateau Rauzan-Segla
By Chateau Rauzan-Segla
1989 Chateau Rauzan-Segla from Chateau Rauzan-Segla, Margaux, Bordeaux
The 1989 vintage for Chateau Rauzan-Segla stands out in the esteemed lineage of Bordeaux’s offerings, marking a significant year in the climatic conditions that shaped this remarkable harvest. A vintage which speaks eloquently of its birthright—Margaux—one of the most venerated appellations of the Left Bank.
A Year Distilled into Elegance
This stellar year blessed Chateau Rauzan-Segla with optimal weather conditions, allowing the Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon vines to reach full maturity with an impeccable balance of acidity and tannins. I recall the anticipation surrounding the '89 vintage, as whispers of excellence turned into crescendoing acclaim upon release.
Savouring Decades of Maturation
Now, over thirty years later, the 1989 Chateau Rauzan-Segla is a testament to the virtues of patience for both collectors and investors. Its bouquet—teeming with dark cherries, truffles, and a delicate wisp of tobacco—unfurls like a seasoned tapestry. On the palate, layers unfold with silk-woven threads of cassis, leather, and a hint of violet, bearing witness to the deft craftsmanship behind its creation.
The supple tannins have matured to such an extent that each sip feels like a velvet glove, gently caressing the senses. Importantly, its lingering finish continues to etch its complexity deep into memory long after the wine has departed.
Treasured Vintage As An Informed Investment
The 1989 Chateau Rauzan-Segla not only enchants with its organoleptic qualities but stands as a desirable addition to any fine wine portfolio. Its graceful ageing potential is renowned amongst collectors and investors who seek out not just flavour but the promise of longevity and value appreciation—a synthesis that this Margaux masterwork embodies so sublimely.
In conclusion, indulging in a bottle from this distinguished vintage is akin to enjoying a well-versed symphony; each note is impeccably played, culminating in an experience that resonates with sophistication and pedigree. The 1989 Chateau Rauzan-Segla encapsulates an extraordinary year for Bordeaux —a hallmark wine for astute investors and aficionados alike.
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Scores and tasting notes
At first disjointed and a bit diffuse, the 1989 Rauzan-Segla has turned itself around in bottle and is now an outstanding effort. The very forward nose of black fruits intermixed with Provencal herbs, underbrush, licorice, and new oak is followed by a medium to full-bodied wine with a roasted ripeness, silky tannins, and a long, lusty finish. The wine is showing exceptionally well and seems destined to drink, at least at this level of quality, for another decade. Anticipated maturity: Now-2012. Last tasted, 3/02.
Robert Parker Jr - The Wine Advocate, 31 December 2002