1996 Chateau Rauzan-Segla
By Chateau Rauzan-Segla
1996 Chateau Rauzan-Segla from Chateau Rauzan-Segla, Margaux, Bordeaux
In the annals of fine Bordeaux, few vintages have the capacity to stir the soul as the 1996 Chateau Rauzan-Segla from Chateau Rauzan-Segla. An exemplary display of what the Margaux appellation can achieve; it's a vintage that inherently broadcasts the nuances of its celebrated terroir.
An Exemplar of Elegance
The 1996 vintage emerged from a year where climatic generosity dovetailed with viticultural prowess, culminating in wines with both an architectural structure and perfumed elegance. In this respect, Chateau Rauzan-Segla’s offering is no exception. It was a year that teased out a near-perfect equilibrium between ripe fruit and alluring acidity, embodying the sophistication that investors and connoisseurs attribute to peak Margaux pedigree.
Upon uncorking, the 1996 Chateau Rauzan-Segla presents a garnet hue with only the merest hint of age at its edge. As one delves into the sensory profile, it choreographs an intricate dance of blackcurrant nuanced by subtle traceries of violet – a signature of its lineage. The palate resonates with fine-grained tannins that have mellowed over time into a harmonious foundation for the concentrated fruit and tobacco notes that are interwoven through its profile.
The array of flavours carries a poise that reveals itself slowly – not unlike the layers of an old master’s painting being illuminated one by one under a restorer's careful hand. The finish, lingering and multifaceted, reassures that this vintage continues to reside compellingly in its plateau of maturity, ensuring affirmative nods from judicious investors seeking addition to their cellars.
Merging investment potential with quintessential Margaux charm, the 1996 Chateau Rauzan-Segla has ascended to become one of the standout choices for both seasoned collectors and those looking to make a foray into Bordeaux’s opulent landscape. Its inherent balance and depth unassailed by time, affirms its place within any discerning portfolio.
As we reflect upon this remarkable vintage, it provides a remembrance of what truly sets apart Chateau Rauzan-Segla – a testament to finesse in winemaking and an unwavering expression of its historic terroir. Drinking now with much pleasure but will continue to captivate for years to come.
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Scores and tasting notes
The 1996 Rauzan-Ségla is a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot. Medium to deep brick colored, the nose is fully mature with notes of old leather, dried herbs, unsmoked cigars and cedar chest plus a waft of menthol and dried figs. Medium-bodied, firm and chewy with some good dried berries and exotic spice flavors left to give on the mid-palate, it finishes just a little puckering and rustic. It makes for a nice glass now, for those that like wines on the mature side, but needs drinking-up within the next 5-6 years.
Lisa Perrotti-Brown - The Wine Advocate, 9 April 2020