2013 Rauzan-Ségla, Margaux (Pre-Arrival)
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.
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.
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.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Thirty-nine percent of the production made it into the 2013 Rauzan Segla, a blend of 58% Cabernet Sauvignon, 39% Merlot and the rest Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. One of the stars of the appellation, it reveals fatness and texture, which were not easy to achieve in this vintage. A dense ruby/purple color is followed by loads of black currant, licorice and smoky oak in the background. Medium-bodied with sweet tannin and good acidity that provides uplift and vibrancy, this successful 2013 can be consumed over the next decade or more.
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.
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.