2001 Chateau Rauzan-Segla
By Chateau Rauzan-Segla
2001 Chateau Rauzan-Segla from Chateau Rauzan-Segla, Margaux, Bordeaux
The millennium was a momentous occasion for wine aficionados, heralding vintages of profound promise. Within this epoch, the 2001 Chateau Rauzan-Segla from Chateau Rauzan-Segla stands as a testament to the sublime alchemy of terroir and time-honoured vinification. Planted in the heart of Margaux, this particular vintage captures the essence of its prestigious breeding ground with an elegance that merits detailed exploration.
Pedigree and Provenance: The Investment Perspective
Investing in fine wines, much like the acquisition of art, demands an understanding of pedigree and provenance. The 2001 vintage of Chateau Rauzan-Segla offers just that—a heritage steeped within the refined microcosm of Bordeaux's left bank. A diligent eye would observe its investment-worthiness, not solely for its immediate charm but as a vessel for graceful ageing.
The Quintessence of an Exceptional Growing Season
The growing season that shaped the 2001 Chateau Rauzan-Segla was marked by climatic benevolence, giving way to grapes that speak eloquently of their origins. A nose that tells tales of cassis interlaced with violets crescendos into a structured palate where tannins appear to dance harmoniously with the wine's dark fruit core. Subtle hints of graphite coupled with aromas of anise hint at the classic Margaux stylistic undertones.
This particular vintage has approached its drinking window with deft confidence, revealing layers that continue to evolve. The wine's texture and complexity are suggestive of a carefully orchestrated symphony by an experienced composer; it is a sensory narrative that endlessly unfolds.In wrapping up this reflection on the 2001 Chateau Rauzan-Segla from Chateau Rauzan-Segla, it becomes clear that this vintage embodies more than merely the sum of its parts. As it matures within cellars, its narrative enriches, earning its distinction among connoisseurs and investors alike. This beguiling Margaux serves not solely as an exquisite addition to any discerning collection but as a beacon marking the investment potential within the storied 2001 Bordeaux vintage.
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Scores and tasting notes
Deep garnet-brick colored, the 2001 Rauzan-Ségla rolls out of the glass with open, expressive, mature notes of potpourri, star anise, incense and cigar box with a pretty core of kirsch, redcurrant jelly and dried figs. The light to medium-bodied palate delivers mature spice and dried berry layers with a light grip of chewy tannins and bags of freshness, finishing with a peppery kick. The blend this year is 63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Merlot and 3% Cabernet Franc, harvested between September 28 and October 11 at an average yield of 46 hectoliters per hectare. It was aged for 18 months in French oak, 50% new. The alcohol is 12.5%.
Lisa Perrotti-Brown - The Wine Advocate, 9 April 2020