2005 Chateau Rauzan-Segla
By Chateau Rauzan-Segla
2005 Chateau Rauzan-Segla from Chateau Rauzan-Segla, Margaux, Bordeaux
In the pantheon of exquisite Bordeaux offerings, the 2005 vintage heralds itself as an extraordinary year, offering wines with formidable structure and profound complexity. Amongst these, the 2005 Chateau Rauzan-Segla from Chateau Rauzan-Segla asserts its pedigree with an effortless grace that commands the attention of fine wine investors and enthusiasts alike.
Exceptional Vintage, Exemplary Expression
The defining factor of the 2005 Margaux vintage was its optimal weather conditions, allowing a favourable growing season that culminated in grapes of remarkable concentration and balance. The 2005 Chateau Rauzan-Segla stands as a testament to this phenological finesse, articulating both the precision gifted by nature and the nuanced craftsmanship of vinification at this revered château.
On the nose, this admirable claret unfolds with resplendent aromas—cassis and violets graced with hints of truffle and wet earth—evoking an olfactory ballet characteristic of the Margaux appellation. The palate articulates a vivid tapestry woven from ripe tannins that promise longevity; a blend that whispers tales of lush dark fruits interlaced with an elegant minerality and subtle oak undertones. As it breathes, it unfurls further dimensions of sensory delight, snaring the senses with a finish that lingers like twilight's final embrace.
A Connoisseur’s Compendium: Investment and Indulgence
The 2005 Chateau Rauzan-Segla has not only garnered acclaim but establishes itself as one of the more covetous positions in a connoisseur’s collection. As one evaluates its investment potential, its exceptional standing amidst its peers and the promise for future maturation must be acknowledged. This is a wine to be approached with both anticipation for immediate pleasure and patience for its pinnacle complexity which may yet unfurl in years to come.
In closing, whilst fine wines are myriad, certain vintages rise above the esteemed to become legendary: the 2005 Chateau Rauzan-Segla from Chateau Rauzan-Segla is such an offering. Its distinctive attributes set it apart within a vintage celebrated for producing many exceptional Bordeaux wines, distinguishing itself as a paragon of Margaux's refined elegance and power—a harmoniously orchestrated blend that continues to resonate through the annals of viniculture.
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Scores and tasting notes
Deep garnet in color, the 2005 Rauzan-Ségla sings of plum preserves, redcurrant jelly, raspberry pie, kirsch and blackcurrant cordial with nuances of dried lavender, rose hip tea, hoisin and incense. The medium to full-bodied palate is densely packed with rich, expansive black fruits with loads of incense and exotic spice sparks, finishing long and layered. Still quite youthful, I anticipate a long life ahead for this perfumed beauty! The blend this year is 54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 39% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot, harvested between September 28 and October 28 at an average yield of 39 hectoliters per hectare. It was aged for 18 months in French oak, 70% new. The alcohol is 13.5%.
Lisa Perrotti-Brown - The Wine Advocate, 9 April 2020