Rauzan Segla 2009
Tasting Notes and Scores
A classic Margaux, this blend of 57% Cabernet Sauvignon and 43% Merlot reveals a dense plum/blue/purple color in addition to a sumptuous perfume of subtle new oak interwoven with underbrush, black currants, black raspberries, spring flowers, and a hint of dusty, loamy soil. Medium to full-bodied with sweet but abundant tannin, and beautiful purity, texture and equilibrium, the 2009 Rauzan Segla will provide enjoyable drinking over the next three decades.
About the only thing controversial about the 2009 Rauzan Segla will be the label designed by Chanel’s artistic director, Karl Lagerfeld, for the estate’s 350th anniversary.
Robert Parker (Wine Advocate #199, Feb 2012)
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