2016 Chateau Rauzan-Segla
By Chateau Rauzan-Segla
2016 Chateau Rauzan-Segla from Chateau Rauzan-Segla, Margaux, Bordeaux
The 2016 vintage from Chateau Rauzan-Segla heralds from a year that many connoisseurs recognise as one of Margaux's momentous modern benchmarks. This illustrious parcel of vines, meticulously tended by Nicolas Audebert and his accomplished team, has yielded a vintage that aptly encapsulates the regal terroir of the region.
A Vintage Defined by Poise and Precision
The 2016 Chateau Rauzan-Segla manifests itself as an emblem of balance, an exquisite testament to a season graced by harmonious climatic rhythms. The growing year, marked by a damp spring but followed by a paramount summer drought, culminated in optimal ripening conditions. The September reprieve hailed gentle rainfall that ushered the vineyards towards a flawless harvest.
In the glass, this wine presents with an alluring assortment of complexities – amethyst in hue, it unfurls with layers of dark red fruits, accompanied by dainty floral aromas indicative of Margaux. The palate is caressed by silken tannins and underpinned by an exquisite acidity. Cedar and violet notes interlace with blackcurrant and subtle graphite tones, projecting a finish that whispers poise yet resonates long into remembrance.
The Intersection of Sophistication and Investment Savvy
As a fine wine for investment, the 2016 Chateau Rauzan-Segla is already signaling its latent potential. Dynamic in texture yet statuesque in structure, it represents not only a majestic drinking experience but also a formidable asset for any discerning investor’s portfolio.
Chateau Rauzan-Segla has once again affirmed its prowess within Bordeaux’s vaunted echelons. This vintage, without doubt, will continue to enchant and evolve, revealing further dimensions over time while remaining steadfastly anchored in the greatness of its lineage.
In conclusion, those captivated by the legacy and lore of Bordeaux will find the 2016 Chateau Rauzan-Segla an indispensable addition to both their cellar and their collection. Investors and aficionados alike would do well to secure allocations of this laudable vintage—an embodiment of Margaux's quintessence and an enduring testament to a superb year.
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Scores and tasting notes
A solid red with currant and blackberry character. Full body, soft tannins and a flavorful finish. Shows richness and excitement. Juicy and sexy undertone to this.
James Suckling - jamessuckling.com, April 4th 2017
Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2016 Rauzan-Ségla drifts effortlessly from the glass with fragrant rose hip tea, candied violets and chocolate box scents over a core of fresh blackcurrants and black cherry compote plus wafts of tobacco and dusty soil. Medium to full-bodied, it delivers a great mid-palate of softly textured black and blue fruits with loads of floral nuances and a refreshing lift on the finish. The blend this year is 68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 2% Petit Verdot, harvested between September 20th and October 15th at an average yield of 45 hectoliters per hectare. It was aged for 18 months in French oak, 60% new. The alcohol is 13.5%, and the pH is 3.6.
Lisa Perrotti-Brown - The Wine Advocate, 9 April 2020
This has nice vivacity, featuring plum and cassis notes laced with bay, pepper, tobacco and iron accents. Stays fresh and racy through the finish. On the right track. With some added weight, this could move up.—J.M.
Wine Spectator - The Wine Spectator (James Molesworth)
Really lifted, savoury nose. Well mannered. Nothing out of step. Could do with a bit more acidity and drive? A bit too diplomatic on the palate?
Jancis Robinson - jancisrobinson.com