2013 Rauzan-Ségla, Margaux (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1159053 93-95 points Wine Enthusiast

 Barrel Sample. This is a full-bodied, rounded wine that’s already rich, with the fruit riding over the tannins and wood flavors. It is firm, complex and likely to age well.  (4/ 2014)

89-92 points Antonio Galloni

 The 2013 Rauzan-Ségla is one of the brawnier wines I tasted in Margaux. Black cherries, plums, smoke, tobacco and menthol wrap around the palate. Savory and floral notes appear later, adding aromatic nuance. The 2013 impresses for the purity of its fruit and its overall balance. All the signatures are in place, but in miniature, which suggests the 2013 is likely to be a medium term drinker. The blend is 58% Cabernet Sauvignon, 39% Merlot, 2% Petit Verdot and 1% Cabernet Franc. Taste twice.  (4/ 2014)

91-92 points James Suckling

 A 2013 with a firm and silky tannin texture and fresh and clean fruit. Medium to full body, with lovely textured mouth feel and a long finish. Savory and delicate.  (4/ 2014)

88-91 points Wine Spectator

 Good flesh to the plum and cherry paste notes. Finish is relatively rounded, with a good red licorice edge. Not a ton of range but this managed to get some flesh, and delivers nice mouthfeel too.  (4/ 2014)

88-90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Full red-ruby. Tangy aromas of plum, blueberry and musky torrefaction. Silky and suave in the mouth, with fruit-driven flavors of dark plum, blueberry, chocolate and sexy oak lifted by fresh herbs. Finishes with sweet tannins and supple lingering fruit.  (6/ 2014)

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By: Ralph Sands |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 5/8/2014  | Send Email
Amazing consistency and what a classy perfectly balanced wine from front to finish. Lovely.**

By: Trey Beffa |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 5/8/2014  | Send Email
Big and chewy, dark, meaty fruit, smoke, big tannins, masculine wine; 88-90 points.

By: Alex Pross |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 5/8/2014  | Send Email
If not for the two wines from Palmer this might be the wine of the appellation. Duty berry notes, subtle spice, berry fruit, great delineation and elegance and impressive length.

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Varietal:

Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.
Country:

France

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of France.
Sub-Region:

Bordeaux

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Specific Appellation:

Margaux

- Margaux is the southern most of all of the appellations of the Haut Medoc. Located near St. Julien, it has more cru classe producers than the other four villages of the area. In addition to the legendary Chateau Margaux, there are five second-growths: Rauzan Gassies, Rauzan Seglas, Dufort-Vivens, Lascombes, and Brane Cantenac. While more people are probably familiar with the third growth Chateau Palmer, there are nine other wineries with the same ranking in addition to a trio of fourth growths and a pair of fifth growths. Because Margaux is comprised of five communes… Margaux, Cantenac, Soussans, Labardes and Arsac, the wines styles are diverse throughout the region with the more masculine tannic wines coming from the Cantenac side of the appellation. Because of a high percentage of Merlot planted in the region, many wines from Margaux are more round, feminine, and exotic that the other appellations of the Haut Medoc.