2007 Chateau Rauzan-Segla
By Chateau Rauzan-Segla
2007 Chateau Rauzan-Segla from Chateau Rauzan-Segla, Margaux, Bordeaux
The 2007 vintage in Bordeaux was characterised by its early drinking window; a year that, despite climatic challenges, produced wines of elegance and charm. The 2007 Chateau Rauzan-Segla from Chateau Rauzan-Segla stands as an exemplar amidst its peers, showcasing the ability of great terroirs to transcend less than perfect conditions.
A Sophisticated Ensemble with a Promise of Value
In a region where the majesty of vintages can influence an estate's destiny, the 2007 Chateau Rauzan-Segla is one of those serendipitous anomalies where finesse surfaced in defiance of the year's genera modesty. This particular bottle presents a case study in poised winemaking utilising the exceptional Margaux terroir.
The wine gracefully parades its intricate bouquet with aromas hinting at cassis, delicate violets, and a slight touch of cigar box – a nod to its judicious maturation. On the palate, it reveals itself with poised fruit layers balanced harmoniously with silken tannins. The finish is persistently engaging, leaving behind whispers of dark cherries and earthy undertones.
Investment: A Unique Opportunity
Given its relative approachability in youth compared to its more austere siblings from bolder vintages, the 2007 Chateau Rauzan-Segla provides a fascinating option for fine wine investors. With this vintage currently residing in a sweet spot for consumption, it represents both an alluring drinking experience and an investment opportunity marked by potential for genteel appreciation over time.
With 40 years steeped in the world of enology and viticulture, it is noteworthy how the 2007 vintage has matured into a specimen displaying delicate sophistication with underlying resilience. This is indeed a testament to both Mother Nature and the skilful hands at Chateau Rauzan-Segla that sculpted such a memorable offering from an otherwise challenging year.
In rounding off, enthusiasts will acknowledge that the 2007 Chateau Rauzan-Segla encapsulates an elegant portfolio of Margaux characteristics. It's this very singularity that not only renders it enjoyable now but frames it as an intelligent addition to diversified fine wine investments portfolios.
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Scores and tasting notes
Deep garnet colored, the 2007 Rauzan-Ségla is scented of cigar box, baking spices and preserved plums with nuances of pencil shavings, leather and bay leaves. The medium-bodied palate is delicately styled with maturing earth and spice flavors plus a chewy frame, finishing with an herbal lift. The blend this year is 59% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot, harvested between September 21st and October 10th, at an average yield of 43 hectoliters per hectare. It was aged for 18 months in French oak, 60% new. The alcohol is 13.5%.
Lisa Perrotti-Brown - The Wine Advocate, 9 April 2020