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1996 Rauzan-Ségla, Margaux

SKU #110398 91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark Full red-ruby. Explosive aromas of boysenberry juice, espresso and smoky oak. Thick and lush, with terrific volume in the mouth; harmonious acidity gives the flavors clarity and brightness. Very long, sweet finish. (ST) Inner quote mark (6/1999)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 1996 Rauzan-Segla now at 20 years of age has an 'airy,' perfumed bouquet with wilted rose petals, undergrowth and dried orange peel scents. What it lacks is a sense of presence. Perhaps it is enduring a dumb phase? The palate is much better than the aromatics, showing fine balance and crisp tannins. The acidity is well judged and lends this Margaux plenty of freshness and it unfurls on the finish with white pepper, cedar and sea salt notes that linger long in the mouth. What starts as a modest wine ends really rather lovely and it should continue to give a decade or two of more drinking pleasure. (NM) Inner quote mark (10/2016)

90 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Intense aromas of blackberry, chocolate and currant follow through to a full-bodied palate, with soft tannins and a long decadent aftertaste. (JS, Web Only-2007) Inner quote mark

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark Looks more evolved than the 1995. Lightly floral nose – very pretty. Very beautifully balanced and very Margaux. Fragrant and lovely lift. But with good fully ripe fruit underneath. 9% press wine in here. Really riding the crest of a wave. They are starting to serve this vintage at meals, decanting two hours before. Sweet finish. Real lightness of touch – just what claret is about. Fine tannins on the end. The only slight weakness is on the finish – not that persistent. 17.5/20 Inner quote mark (2/2011)

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