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2018 Rauzan-Ségla, Margaux (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1408019 99-100 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark This is one of the most structured and deep Rauzans I have tasted with a full body, layers of fruit and a firm and polished tannin backbone. Compact and composed. Such depth and power. Inner quote mark (4/2019)

97-100 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2018 Rauzan-Ségla is fabulous. Regal and soaring in the glass, Rauzan-Ségla is simply unforgettable. Stunning aromatics and layers of flavor develop in the glass in a drop-dead gorgeous Rauzan that will leave readers weak at the knees. Inky and explosive, the 2018 possesses off the charts intensity and richness. Leather, licorice, spice and grilled herbs add nuance as the 2018 builds to a huge crescendo of aromas, flavors and textures on the finish. I won't be surprised if one day the 2018 is considered among the greatest Rauzan-Séglas of all time. It is a tremendous achievement by the property and the team lead by Technical Director Nicolas Audebert. Don't miss it! Tasted four times. (AG) Inner quote mark (5/2019)

97-99 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2018 Rauzan-Ségla is blended of 56% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot. Cabernet Sauvignon was harvested from September 27 to October 11; Merlot from September 13-27; Cabernet Franc on September 28; and Petit Verdot from September 28-29. The wine has 14% alcohol and aging is anticipated to be 18 months in barriques, 65% new. Deep purple-black in color, it comes bounding out of the glass with exuberant notes of warm plums, crème de cassis, Black Forest cake and candied violets with hints of mocha, Indian spices and fragrant earth plus a waft of crushed rocks. Full-bodied, multilayered and sporting a lot of freshness and tension in the mouth in spite of all its decadent perfumed black fruits, it has a firm, finely grained frame and seamless freshness, finishing long and fragrant. Seduction in a glass. (LPB) Inner quote mark (4/2019)

96-99 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Very concentrated, atypically so for Margaux, with sappy kirsch and plum reduction notes that are well-defined and luxurious in feel, draping beautifully over a graphite underpinning on the finish. Very long. (JM) Inner quote mark (3/2019)

96-98 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark Unquestionably in the same class as the 2016, the 2018 Rauzan-Ségla is magical stuff and plays in the top tier of the vintage. A rough blend of 56% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, and 2% each of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot brought up in 65% new French oak, its deep purple color is followed by complex notes of sweet crème de cassis, cigar tobacco, crushed flowers, lead pencil shavings, and crushed rock-like minerality. Full-bodied, concentrated, and incredibly classic in style, it’s made in a style similar to the 2016 yet is slightly more elegant (possibly not as concentrated), with building structure, beautiful purity, and a great, great finish. Like most vintages from this estate today, it will drink beautifully in its youth yet easily evolve for 30 years or more. For the data-driven people out there, this beauty hit 13.2% alcohol with a pH of 3.68. You probably couldn’t have too much of this in the cellar. Inner quote mark (5/2019)

97 points Decanter

Outer quote mark Rauzan-Ségla is here proclaiming its right to be considered among the wines of the year in Margaux. In the Chanel stable, Canon has had the edge for me in the past few vintges, but here Rauzan Ségla comes roaring back with its mix of elegance and confidence matched by perfectly ripe, Cabernet-dominant fruit. There's a slightly higher percentage of Merlot than usual - partly because it was so good this year and partly because the concentration in the Cabernets took the yields down (a real feature of the vintage, they were at 32hl/ha here). The Merlot adds flesh through the mid-palate, which is followed by freshly crushed mint on the finish which adds precision and lift. Great quality. (JA) Inner quote mark (4/2019)

93-95 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark This is another Margaux estate that has improved impressively. The rich tannins of the fruity wine are dry but have a lift and a life that is already attractive. Its fine, ripe future is assured. (RV) Inner quote mark (4/2019)


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By: Trey Beffa | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/24/2019 | Send Email
One of the top Margaux wines of the vintage, this wine is very dark in color, concentrated and complex core of fruit with a seamless and pure mouthfeel. Lots of concentration and depth, ripe, mouthwatering tannins, Excellent! A blend of 40% Merlot, 56% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot.

By: Alex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/15/2019 | Send Email
Chateau Rauzan Segla produced one of the top wines in Margaux of the vintage, in its classic style. It is made from 56% Cabernet Sauvignon, 42% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc. Delicious, rich blackberries, plums, graphite, smoke and toast on the palate, with such a silky texture and mouthfeel. The finish is pure fruited, long and steady.

By: Ryan Moses | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/16/2019 | Send Email
Rauzan Segla has all the potential to be among the elite of the vintage again in 2018. Ultra-polished, it shows the class, refinement, and finesse that is all too ironic considering their ties with Chanel. The wine itself keep a signature Margaux profile, with plush blackberry and plum, rounding out in mouthwatering tannins with good spice and grip. It is a wine that sticks with you, and certainly shows tons of promise

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