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2008 Chateau Rauzan-Segla

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2008 Chateau Rauzan-Segla from Chateau Rauzan-Segla, Margaux, Bordeaux

Bordeaux aficionados will vividly recall the 2008 vintage as one that triumphed over initial adversity. It was a year when the profound expertise of winemakers at esteemed establishments like Chateau Rauzan-Segla played a pivotal role in crafting wines of remarkable quality, including the 2008 Chateau Rauzan-Segla from the fabled Margaux appellation.


Enigmatic Elegance: A Vintage Shaped by Nature and Nurture

Indeed, 2008 in Bordeaux was characterised by capricious weather, with a wet summer creating considerable tension before an auspicious Indian summer salvaged what could have been an underwhelming harvest. This gift of late sunshine allowed the Cabernet Sauvignon, a significant component of the 2008 Chateau Rauzan-Segla, to reach optimal ripeness, encapsulating the vintage's quintessential expression—a testament to the resilience and adaptability of Margaux vines.


The Connoisseur's Perspective: Investment-Worthy Merits

For the astute wine investor, certain vintages shine through with an alluring combination of pedigree and promise; the 2008 Chateau Rauzan-Segla fits this category impeccably. Upon uncorking, one is greeted by an aromatic finesse suggestive of dark cherries and subtle truffle, enlivened by a bouquet that develops with splendid complexity. On the palate, this vintage exhibits a tapestry woven from robust tannins and poised acidity—harbingers of enviable longevity and investable qualities for collectors.

Fine wines like this offering from Chateau Rauzan-Segla not only enliven taste buds but also financial portfolios. This harmony of prestige and performance in liquid form represents a savoury opportunity to integrate into one's oenological treasury.


Maturation and Moment: The Future of the 2008 Margaux

The 2008 Chateau Rauzan-Segla from Margaux commands respect for its ageing potential. While already exhibiting grace and depth, it retains a vitality that signals further evolution awaits. As time marches on, its narrative will undoubtedly grow richer, indelibly marking it as one of Margaux's more intriguing chapters.

As palates evolve and markets fluctuate, one thing remains certain—the 2008 Chateau Rauzan-Segla from Margaux not only stands as one of the most noteworthy outcomes of its year but also reaffirms its stature as a paragon of viticulture resilience. For those seeking to indulge in or invest within Bordeaux's liquid history, this vintage from Chateau Rauzan-Segla presents an admirable chapter to savour and speculate upon.

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Deep garnet in color, the 2008 Rauzan-Ségla has a rather rustic nose of sweaty leather, tobacco and dried herbs over a core of dried mulberries, prunes and underbrush. Medium-bodied, the mid-palate has just enough earthy/savory flavors with chewy tannins and a drying finish. The blend this year is 62% Cabernet Sauvignon and 38% Merlot, harvested between October 2nd and 21st, at an average yield of 47 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

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