2010 Rauzan-Ségla, Margaux (Pre-Arrival)
Beautiful clarity of fruit with raspberries and currants on the nose. Roses and other flowers too. It's almost hard to describe, but there's a real purity. Full body, with fabulous balance and depth. It has everything in the right place. Best ever? Try it in 2018.
One of the top Margaux wines, this is in top form, finely balanced and as elegant as it is powerful. It is darkly structured, dense yet balancing tannins with ripe black plums. It expresses the complexity of the vintage. A wine for serious, long-term aging.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
To reiterate, the 2010 Rauzan Segla is like a super-duper version of the 1986. Displaying fabulous density, an inky purple color and a superb nose of forest floor with a hint of menthol as well as loads of creme de cassis, mocha and touches of chocolate and subtle oak, this full-bodied, deep, concentrated wine represents only 45% of the estate's production. It is certainly not for those who can’t wait a few years for it to round into shape, as I suspect it needs at least 5-8 years of bottle-age, but it should last for half a century or more. (95+)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Good, full ruby. Expressive aromas and flavors of redcurrant, candied red cherry, iron, licorice and tobacco. Rich, creamy and sweet but with harmonious acids giving a crisp quality to the mid-palate. Finishes smooth and long, with a cool, refined quality. This should develop slowly in bottle: drink from 2018 through 2040.
Flashy style of Margaux, with alluring warm cocoa and black tea aromatics followed by cashmere-textured plum sauce, steeped fig and blackberry confiture notes. The well-integrated structure makes this seem almost accessible now, but the ample length and a smoldering tobacco note make a case for cellaring. Best from 2014 through 2030.
Fragrant and savoury all at once. Classic integration of cassis and cedar aromas that only Bordeaux can do. Then really rich and creamy on the palate even though the tannins are dense and firm. Chocolate rules on the finish though there's freshness to balance. 17.5/20 points.
60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 3.5% Petit Verdot, 1.5% Cabernet Franc. "A stunning wine from Rauzan Segla," adds Robert Parker, "kudos go to administrator John Kolasa for turning out this profound wine, which should prove to be a timeless classic from the appellation of Margaux." (02/2013)