Deep garnet colored, the 2009 Rauzan-Ségla bursts from the glass with bold, vivacious Black Forest cake, blackberry pie and warm blueberry scents plus nuances of cardamom, candied violets, smoked meats and Chinese five spice with a waft of dusty soil. Full-bodied, rich, plush and decadent, it completely coats the palate with densely packed preserved black berries layers, finishing very long and spicy.
The blend this year is 58% Cabernet Sauvignon and 42% Merlot, harvested between September 22nd and October 11th, at an average yield of 41 hectoliters per hectare. It was aged for 18 months in French oak, 50% new. The alcohol is 14%, and the pH is 3.69. LPB
The 2009 Rauzan-Ségla has a very fine bouquet with tightly packed blackberry and wild strawberry fruit, melted tar and pencil shavings, leaning a little towards Saint-Julien in style (like the Giscours.) The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, gorgeous red berry fruit laced with all spice and cumin, gently fanning out towards the grippy but precise finish that is pure class. This is the best bottle that I have encountered, though the less said about the late Karl Lagerfeld's designed label the better! Tasted at BI Wines & Spirits Ten Year On tasting. - vinous.com, March 2019
[58CS/42M] Tight ripe fruit and marked mineral / gravel on the nose; very nicely balanced, finely tannic middleweight wine, fresh in acidity with a good concentration, but remaining very Margaux in proportions; a pure, transparent flavour, ripe without being overly so, quite powerful yet delicate at the same time; dark fruit, marked gravel, easy texture, long and fine; excellent, warm, spicy aromatic persistence. Fine Margaux, fine Rauzan-SÃƒÂ©gla. 2018-35
Deep, spicy and earthy, but with plenty of cabernet sauvignon cassis aroma and solid tannins giving it a serious structure. It's not the most polished Médoc of the vintage, but there's plenty of concentration and energy driving the long firm finish. Give it more time. Try after 2021. (Horizontal Tasting, London, 2019) - Stuart Pigott, jamessuckling.com, March 2019
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