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Château Rauzan-Ségla, Ségla Margaux 2009

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Rauzan Ségla has undergone a magnificent transformation since the 1990s and is today both highly-regarded and greatly sought-after.

Once considered the equal of Mouton-Rothschild, it has gone from strength to strength over recent years with critics and consumers alike raving over the wines.

Ségla is the estate's second wine, the ‘little brother’ to the Grand Vin. All that really means is that the fruit is typically from younger vines and the oak ageing a little less. It's a wine designed to give drinking pleasure whilst remaining unmistakeably Margaux - and in 2009 it delivers that in spades.

2009 was a terrific vintage producing deeply enjoyable wines with lots of ripe fruit that makes for delicious drinking. Superb wines were made at all levels, which makes it the perfect vintage to pick up second wines like the Ségla!

Right in the middle of its drinking window, the 2009 Ségla will give great pleasure right now - and at under half the price of the Grand Vin, it's a great deal!

About the wine

A typical blend of cabernet sauvignon and merlot, with splashes of cabernet franc and petit verdot, the 2009 Ségla opens up with scents of cassis, red fruit and a touch of plum and spice - it really couldn't be anything other than Bordeaux! The palate combines the sweet, ripe fruit of the vintage with the elegance for which Margaux is known. Soft and silky in the mouth with rounded, polished tannins and a lovely freshness on the finish, this is quintessential Bordeaux at an eminently affordable price!

Ségla is the so-called ‘second wine’ of Château Rauzan Ségla and the idea of John Kolasa (ex-Latour) who was brought in to lead the winemaking when the property was taken over by the Wertheimer family. It was he who really brought the property to international recognition by making positive changes in both the vineyards and winery. His hard work and vision for the Château is now in the hands of Nicolas Audebert.

Winemaker: Nicolas Audebert
Appellation: AOC Margaux, Bordeaux

- 92pts, James Suckling
- 16.5/20, Jancis Robinson
- 90pts, Tim Atkin MW
- 4.1/5 Stars, Vivino Rating

GrapesCabernet Sauvignon 57%, Merlot 34%, Cabernet Franc 6%, Petit Verdot 3%
Vineyard: Rauzan-Segla
ABV: 14%
Drink: 2018-2021

About the winery

Rauzan-Ségla has a long and distinguished history, even by Bordeaux standards! Founded in 1661, by the end of the eighteenth century, it was so famous that Thomas Jefferson ordered 10 cases in 1787, declaring that it was the best of all the Second Growth wines.

Unfortunately, that era - when it was considered the equal of Mouton Rothschild (not yet a first growth) - was Rauzan-Ségla's high point and many, many decades of underinvestment saw it drop in reputation until in 1983, huge investment was made to re-vamp the winery and bring everything up to date.

The modern era of Rauzan-Ségla though begins in 1994 with its purchase by the Wertheimer family, who own Chanel. This has been the making of this property whose wines can now strut their stuff on the wine catwalk with their bottle tops held high.

It is all about investment and Chanel hasn’t been shy of the task. There has been extensive replanting in the vineyards whilst the winery, vat rooms and cellars received an equal level of attention.  On the people front, John Kolasa (previously manager at Latour) was recruited by the Chanel group to revive the estate’s fortunes and this he did with considerable success.

Following his subsequent decision to step down, he was replaced by Nicolas Audebert who had the good fortune to work alongside his predecessor for one year to learn all about the estate and the vineyards.

Rauzan-Ségla has once again taken its rightful place amongst the best of the Second Growths.

About the vineyard

The vineyards are planted on the deep, poor, gravelly soils for which Margaux is famed the world over. Vines are, on average, 35 years old, with cabernet sauvignon being the most widely planted variety (59%), with merlot (36%) and much smaller parcels of petit verdot and cabernet franc.

As you might expect, there’s strict grape selection during the hand harvest.


92 Points - James Suckling

Black cherry and fresh mushroom, with hints of currants and sweet tobacco. Full- bodied, with chewy, yet polished tannins. Lovely berry and cherry. Racy and pretty. So delicious now."

16.5/20 Jancis Robinson

Polished crimson. Very nice and Margaux-ish. Not over the top. Very Good Value" 

90 Points - Tim Atkin
“Attractive Margaux made in a very approachable style, even for a 2009, with sweet cassis fruit and stylish oak integration. The wine has good acidity for the vintage, with elegant, fine-grained tannins and good palate length.” 

"...This was delicious , perfect with Lamb. Enticing aromatic start. Violets and blueberries. Blueberries and violets. Palate followed thru with intensity of dark fruits but with enough acidity and spice / cigar box notes to keep it all balanced. Fruit was creamy. Finish had some distance. This second wine of Rauzan-Segla ( second grand cru classe). So this is the second wine of second cru ; but a first place finish tonight. Sante"  4/5 Stars

"Dark, big wine. Very expressive nose with blueberries, spices, cigar box and all components seem to be in place. Drinking surprisingly well now." 4/5 Stars

"GORGEOUS! beautifully deep, seductive, velvety, ripe, a clean but long finish. A remarkable, memorable, sensual journey. Can not recommend this enough "  4.5/5 Stars

"It was full-bodied with lots of black fruits and hints of oak. Easy to drink. Deep velvet red color. So nice! Want more but alas I had that only one bottle" 4.5/5 Stars


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"Gorgeous" Margaux from the terrific 2009 vintage - the 'little brother' of the famed Rauzan-Ségla
"Delicious" Second wine from a Second Growth - Elegant Margaux from a top vintage
"Black cherry and fresh mushroom, with hints of currants and sweet tobacco. Full- bodied, with chewy, yet polished tannins. Lovely berry and cherry. Racy and pretty. So delicious now." James Suckling
"Polished crimson. Very nice and Margaux-ish. Not over the top. Very Good Value" Jancis Robinson
Rauzan Ségla, once considered the equal of Mouton-Rothschild, has undergone a magnificent transformation since the 1990s and is today both highly-regarded and greatly sought-after. Ségla is the estate's second wine, the ‘little brother’ to the Grand
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