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Segla by Chateau Rauzan Segla 2016

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The Wine

Created in 1989, Segla is produced from vines located on the mosaic of terroirs surrounding the historic centre of Chateau Rauzan-Segla. It derives its name from Baron Pierre-Louis de Segla whose marriage with Catherine de Rauzan gave the full name of the property in 1785. Worked by the same team and according to the same requirements as the Grand Cru Classé. Ségla comes from the vineyards that gravitate around the central vineyards. "Segla is made up of three to four grape varieties and a mosaic of soils with the young vines at the heart of the clay gravel terrace, the clay-limestone satellites near the river and the fine sands near the forest.

Vinified exactly the same as the estate wine albeit the elevage sees less new oak and the cuvee tends to be less Cabernet Sauvignon dominant, depending on the vintage. 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 53% Merlot, 1% Petit Verdot, 1 % Cabernet Franc. 18 months in barrel, 20% new oak.

“This is one of the most structured Séglas for a long time with full body, a sold core of fruit and firm, chewy tannins that are polished and focused. Tight at the end. Hazelnut finish. Drink in 2024” 93 points – James Suckling 

The Details
Variety - Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, 
Country - France
Region - Bordeaux
Sub-Region - Margaux
Extra - Cork
Year - 2016
Volume - 750ml

About the Wine Maker

The first vines were planted on the property in 1661, but the official birth date of Chateau Rauzan-Segla is 1763, when it split from the neighboring Rauzan-Gassies. The estate was gradually partitioned through successive generations of the Rauzan family, but its reputation grew, and come its classification in 1855, it shared the Deuxieme Grand Cru Classe stage with the likes of Chateau Mouton Rothschild (which was promoted 118 years later). Its late 19th century wines have become legendary. However, any subsequent success was besieged with obstacles – a decline in area under vine, obsolete cellar equipment and a proprietor who prioritised quantity over quality, to name but a few – and soon Rauzan Segla was overtaken by other second growth chateaux. The estate then came into the hands of negociant Echenhauer, who initiated a program of renovation, expanding the vineyard, replacing old, fruitless vines and installing modern stainless steel tanks. Subsequent owners have continued improvements, helping to consolidate the Grand Vin as a true super-second, and in 1994 the property was taken over by the Alain and Gerard Wertheimers, grandsons of Chanel founder Pierre Wertheimer, giving the estate an injection of luxury. Rauzan-Ségla’s 70 hectares of vineyards are planted with the four Bordeaux grape varieties. They cover the array of geologies and soils found in the Margaux appellation and proudly reflect this diversity. Château Rauzan-Ségla’s grand vin is crafted with infinite care and its grapes sourced from the main vineyards where the finest and, in particular, the old Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot vines grow in perfectly worked soils. When the Cabernet Franc and the Petit Verdot are included in the blend, they add yet another layer of complexity to the wine. The use of small vats enables Rauzan Segla to create a number of batches corresponding to the increasingly carefully-demarcated plots.