Château Rauzan-Ségla 2018 Margaux 2e Grand Cru Classé

  • Smaakprofiel
    Krachtig & complex
  • Druivenras
    Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot
  • Herkomst
    Frankrijk, Bordeaux
€ 109,50
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ClassificatieAOC Margaux
SmaakprofielKrachtig & complex
DruivenrasCabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot
WijnmakerChâteau Rauzan-Ségla
Op dronk vanaf2024
Op dronk tot2050
Parker: The 2018 Rauzan-Ségla is blended of 56% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot. Cabernet Sauvignon was harvested from September 27 to October 11; Merlot from September 13-27; Cabernet Franc on September 28; and Petit Verdot from September 28-29. The wine has 14% alcohol and aging is anticipated to be 18 months in barriques, 65% new. Deep purple-black in color, it comes bounding out of the glass with exuberant notes of warm plums, crème de cassis, Black Forest cake and candied violets with hints of mocha, Indian spices and fragrant earth plus a waft of crushed rocks. Full-bodied, multilayered and sporting a lot of freshness and tension in the mouth in spite of all its decadent perfumed black fruits, it has a firm, finely grained frame and seamless freshness, finishing long and fragrant. Seduction in a glass.“It was a tough year—a killer year,” began Technical Director Nicolas Audebert. “In fact, it was a disaster in June and July. We had a very hard time in the vineyard to try to balance things. The vineyard workers worked so hard during this time, to be sure to have volume without too much volume. The weather turned at the end of June, making the ripeness go very far and fast. The risk was to have too much concentration, density, etc.” When I questioned him about the yields at Rauzan-Ségla in 2018, Audebert replied, “Our yields were a bit lower than average, but we are extremely pleased with the balance we have at those yields. We came in at around 32 hectoliters per hectare.” There’s notably more Merlot in the Rauzan-Ségla blend this year—40% in 2018 as opposed to 36% in 2017, 30% in 2016 and 33% in 2015. “This year the Merlot has that density and juiciness we are looking for,” Audebert told me. “My top tanks are Merlot this year. People are saying forget Merlot because of climate change, but this year proves how great it can be. It should stay!” Rauzan-Ségla’s finished blend has been done for four months. My tasting sample was from one-year-old barriques.

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