Rauzan Segla 2000
Tasting Notes and Scores
While the bottled 2000 still reveals a certain sternness in addition to tough tannin, it is sweeter and more expansive and flavorful. The dark ruby/purple color is saturated and impressive. With coaxing, notes of lead pencil shavings, black currants, earth, cedar, and spice box emerge from a relatively closed, firm, medium to full-bodied wine or, as the French would say, a classic vin de garde (for long-term cellaring). Although austere, it is a classic, authoritatively flavored effort that requires patience. I would like to see sweeter tannin and more flesh built into the mid-palate, but there is no denying the classicism and purity of this 2000. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2025.
This is a very expansive, expressive nose that fans out with aeration. Quite minerally and stony, this has a certain “coolness” about it, despite its fragrance. Then other notes emerge: cedar, sous-bois, blackberry and hedgerow. Masculine in style. The palate is still tight and tannic with a slight coarseness that I hope with disappear with more ageing. Quite dry and foursquare on the finish, this is a rather stoic 2000 but with the depth and concentration to suggest great longevity. Drink 2015-2040. Tasted September 2007.