Chateau Rauzan-Segla

Listed Wines Chateau Rauzan-Segla
Owner Wertheimer family
President Alain Wertheimer
Annual Production ​(Grand Vin) 8,000 cases
Classification Second growth
Appellation Margaux
Second Wine Segla
Interesting Fact Head designer of fashion label Chanel Karl Lagerfeld was brought in to create a label for the 2009 vintage, which was released in 2011 to celebrate 350 years of winemaking at the property.
Chateau Rauzan Segla

Brand

The influence of Chanel is apparent everywhere, from the interiors of buildings to the label of the Grand Vin itself (designed by Chanel designer Karl Largerfeld, no less), and no doubt it’s the financial clout of the fashion house that is slowly and steadily pulling the estate back up to its former glory. Plus, its own history aside, Rauzan Segla is no doubt hampered by the wider image of Margaux being an inconsistent appellation compared to others in the region.

There has also been some consternation regarding its pricing structure, which some have dubbed inconsistent and overly ambitious – perhaps indicative of the estate’s desire to attain a higher classification? However, while Rauzan-Segla sits underneath the likes of Chateaux Margaux and Palmer, it certainly looms above the bulk of the cru classes in the region.

While the estate could, perhaps, make more of its association with luxury brand Chanel, it does appear to be getting back on track, and has climbed slowly by surely up value indexes, to position itself firmly as one to watch.

Critic Appraisal

While the chateau’s 19th century wines are the stuff of legend, quality took a turn for the worse during the 1960s and ‘70s – and indeed through much of the ‘80s. Replicating its previous applause has been a slow process for the chateau, but some vintages of the last couple of decades have been well-received.

Critics, however, appear to be divided. While James Suckling has bestowed consistently high scores (92 for the 2008 vintage, 97 for the 2009 and 98 for the 2010, for example) Robert Parker has been harder to please, awarding 90+, 95 and – surprisingly – 89 points respectively.

However, the (quickly diminishing) confusion and uncertainty around the estate means there’s good quality wine on offer for good value – especially for a super-second. Most critics agree on the 2009 vintage, which has nearly doubled in value over the last four years, while its latest 2013 release has score solidly across the board, and could well be worth investing in before the chateau returns full-time to its former glory.

History

The first vines were planted on the property in 1661, but the official birthdate of Chateau Rauzan-Segla is 1763, when it split from the neighbouring Rauzan-Gassies. The estate was gradually partitioned through successive generations of the Rauzan family, but its reputation grew, and come its classification in 1855, it shared the Deuxieme Grand Cru Classe stage with the likes of Chateau Mouton Rothschild (which was promoted 118 years later). Its late 19th century wines have become legendary.

However, any subsequent success was besieged with obstacles – a decline in area under vine, obsolete cellar equipment and a proprietor who prioritised quantity over quality, to name but a few – and soon Rauzan Segla was overtaken by other second growth chateaux.

The estate then came into the hands of negociant Echenhauer, who initiated a program of renovation, expanding the vineyard, replacing old, fruitless vines and installing modern stainless steel tanks. Subsequent owners have continued improvements, helping to consolidate the Grand Vin as a true super-second, and in 1994 the property was taken over by the Alain and Gerard Wertheimers, grandsons of Chanel founder Pierre Wertheimer, giving the estate an injection of luxury.

Chateau Rauzan-Segla Pricing

Wine Vintage Producer Market price Unit size
Chateau Rauzan-Segla 2017 Chateau Rauzan-Segla £564.00 12x75cl
Chateau Rauzan-Segla 2016 Chateau Rauzan-Segla £700.00 12x75cl
Chateau Rauzan-Segla 2015 Chateau Rauzan-Segla £910.00 12x75cl
Chateau Rauzan-Segla 2015 Chateau Rauzan-Segla £480.00 6x75cl
Chateau Rauzan-Segla 2014 Chateau Rauzan-Segla £574.00 12x75cl
Chateau Rauzan-Segla 2014 Chateau Rauzan-Segla £300.00 6x75cl
Chateau Rauzan-Segla 2013 Chateau Rauzan-Segla £480.00 12x75cl
Chateau Rauzan-Segla 2013 Chateau Rauzan-Segla £240.00 6x75cl
Chateau Rauzan-Segla 2012 Chateau Rauzan-Segla £579.00 12x75cl
Chateau Rauzan-Segla 2012 Chateau Rauzan-Segla £300.00 6x75cl
Chateau Rauzan-Segla 2011 Chateau Rauzan-Segla £648.00 12x75cl
Chateau Rauzan-Segla 2010 Chateau Rauzan-Segla £940.00 12x75cl
Chateau Rauzan-Segla 2009 Chateau Rauzan-Segla £1,098.00 12x75cl
Chateau Rauzan-Segla 2009 Chateau Rauzan-Segla £85.00 1x75cl
Chateau Rauzan-Segla 2008 Chateau Rauzan-Segla £657.00 12x75cl
Chateau Rauzan-Segla 2008 Chateau Rauzan-Segla £70.00 1x75cl
Chateau Rauzan-Segla 2007 Chateau Rauzan-Segla £610.00 12x75cl
Chateau Rauzan-Segla 2006 Chateau Rauzan-Segla £608.00 12x75cl
Chateau Rauzan-Segla 2005 Chateau Rauzan-Segla £995.00 12x75cl
Chateau Rauzan-Segla 2004 Chateau Rauzan-Segla £726.00 12x75cl
Chateau Rauzan-Segla 2003 Chateau Rauzan-Segla £754.00 12x75cl
Chateau Rauzan-Segla 2002 Chateau Rauzan-Segla £648.00 12x75cl
Chateau Rauzan-Segla 2001 Chateau Rauzan-Segla £808.00 12x75cl
Chateau Rauzan-Segla 2000 Chateau Rauzan-Segla £1,000.00 12x75cl
Chateau Rauzan-Segla 1999 Chateau Rauzan-Segla £795.00 12x75cl
Chateau Rauzan-Segla 1998 Chateau Rauzan-Segla £880.00 12x75cl
Chateau Rauzan-Segla 1997 Chateau Rauzan-Segla £540.00 12x75cl
Chateau Rauzan-Segla 1996 Chateau Rauzan-Segla £889.00 12x75cl
Chateau Rauzan-Segla 1995 Chateau Rauzan-Segla £802.00 12x75cl
Chateau Rauzan-Segla 1990 Chateau Rauzan-Segla £1,721.00 12x75cl
Chateau Rauzan-Segla 1989 Chateau Rauzan-Segla £1,250.00 12x75cl
Chateau Rauzan-Segla 1986 Chateau Rauzan-Segla £3,158.00 12x75cl
Chateau Rauzan-Segla 1982 Chateau Rauzan-Segla £1,081.00 12x75cl

Highest rated vintages for Chateau Rauzan-Segla

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Robert Parker Jr