2006 Chateau Rauzan-Segla
By Chateau Rauzan-Segla
2006 Chateau Rauzan-Segla from Chateau Rauzan-Segla, Margaux, Bordeaux
The beguiling 2006 vintage from Chateau Rauzan-Segla is a testament to the resilience and grace of this storied Margaux estate. Navigating a challenging year in Bordeaux with remarkable finesse, the wine reveals the steadfast character of its terroir. Delving into this claret offers an arresting narrative of climatic adversity elegantly conquered.
Signature of the Season: A Vintage Overcoming
In contrast to its predecessor, which basked in benevolent weather, the 2006 season commenced with affliction. Burgeoning buds faced a cool spring, an uneven flowering ensued, and it was only through meticulous vineyard management that disaster was diverted. The ripening period, stretched longer by nature's whimsy, ultimately endowed the grapes with a robust composition that shines through in every sip.
On the nose, the 2006 Chateau Rauzan-Segla presents an intricate bouquet layered with dark berries and hints of forest floor - a nod to an autumnal harvest. The palate unravels with supple tannins and an aristocratic structure suggestive of its investment-worthy longevity. Subtleties of cassis intermingle with traces of violet and cedar, intimations undoubtedly cultivated during those long-awaited sunny spells which graced the later growing season.
An Exemplar for Enthusiasts' Encyclopedias
Critical contemplation deems the 2006 vintage a paragon for dialogue between viticulture expertise and responsive winemaking philosophy at Chateau Rauzan-Segla. This offering is undoubtedly cast in a different mould compared to the overt opulence commonly sought from Margaux wines; here we have an exemplar that espouses restraint, complexity, and nuance.
Lovers of Bordeaux seeking a wine with a narrative woven into its very essence – a journey through Bordeaux's calendar – will find contentment in this character-rich expression. The 2006 vintage from Chateau Rauzan-Segla is a sagacious choice for wine investment portfolios, promising a rewarding evolution as years transfigure fruit to folklore.
Whether it's to be gripped immediately or graciously cellared, this compelling Margaux mirrors not just the labour but also the lore of viniculture; it is one of those cherished vintages that earns its chapter in the annals of Bordeaux enthusiasts.
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Scores and tasting notes
Deep garnet in color with a touch of brick, the 2006 Rauzan-Ségla gives up dusty earth, sandalwood, cigar and Indian spices scents with a core of mincemeat pie, prunes and dried mulberries plus a waft of dried roses. Medium-bodied, firm and chewy, it has bags of freshness supporting the muscular core of evolved, spicy fruit, finishing minerally. The blend this year is 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 44% Merlot and 3% Petit Verdot, harvested between September 21st and October 7th, at an average yield of 52 hectoliters per hectare. It was aged for 18 months in French oak, 50% new. The alcohol is 13%.
Lisa Perrotti-Brown - The Wine Advocate, 9 April 2020