CHATEAU RAUZAN SEGLA
This 66-hectare property was once part of a much larger holding that existed in the mid-17th Century. By the time of the 1855 Classification it had been carved up into four pieces that included Rauzan-Ségla, thanks to some "family issues" (we all know that story, don’t we?).
This is Second Growth status, and supposedly once a favourite tipple of Thomas Jefferson. Yes, that one. Chanel took charge in 1994. They put John Kolasa in charge as Managing Director, which turned out to be a very good move. Sustainable practices, plot by plot management, hand harvesting and double sorting prior to fermentation have all contributed to an elevation in quality.
The gravel-based soils are planted in 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Merlot, and 1.5% apiece of Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. This is a Margaux designed to age gracefully – rich, tannic and harmonious, and with great concentration. The wines are not made for early drinking. The recent vintages are amongst the finest wines in the estate’s history.
Margaux, Bordeaux, France
Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc