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2023 Château Rauzan Ségla En Primeur

Released this morning for sale en primeur are the 2023 vintages from Châteaux Canon (£572 per six) and Rauzan-Ségla (£360 per six), two estates at the very top of their game, under the charismatic leadership of head winemaker Nicholas Audebert.

Canon comes with potentially perfect scores from both Lisa Perotti-Brown MW and James Suckling, whilst Rauzan is described as 'nothing short of stellar' by Galloni.  Visiting both châteaux this year, we were once again impressed by the obvious calibre and dedication of the team, who seem almost fervent in their pursuit of making the best possible wines. 

We also enjoyed what has become a new tradition of our en primeur trip.  Being invited to taste multiple samples from various barrels, to compare the influence of different cooperages is a rather clever move by the châteaux.  Clearly, Audebert has brought with him his mastery of assemblage, learned during his time making wine at Krug.  Tasting the nuances of impact on tannins and aroma from different types of barrel is a great way to show the intricate artistry with which the wines are constructed during their élevage.       

2023 Canon and Rauzan were both breathtaking, with saline freshness and elegance in the St-Emilion and a super-refined, polished Margaux texture in the Rauzan, as well as dark, dense intensity to its fruit.  We cannot recommend these wines highly enough this year.

Offered en primeur.  Landing spring 2026.

Magnums available with £20 ex-VAT bottling surcharge per six, please enquire for other formats.

All previous offers of 2023 Bordeaux can be found here.

To order, e-mail us at sales@richardkihl.ltd.uk

Château Rauzan Ségla

Producer Profile

Château Rauzan Ségla

ABOUT CHATEAU RAUZAN SEGLA

Château Rauzan-Ségla is a deuxième Cru Classé estate in Margaux and was once part of the enormous Rauzan estate owned by Pierre de Mesures de Rauzan in the mid-17th century. Over time, this estate was divided into the estates of Château Rauzan-Gassies, Château Rauzan-Ségla, Château Desmirail, and Château Marquis de Terme. In the 1980s the estate hired eminent Bordeaux oenologist Émile Peynaud. In 1994 the property was sold to the Wertheimer family of Chanel. Rauzan-Ségla has 51 hectares of vines, with an annual production of 8000 cases. The second wine is named Ségla.  Canon and Berliquet are under the same ownership and Nicholas Audebert leads the winemaking at all three estates.

RED 2023 Château Rauzan Ségla 75cl £360 per case of 6 Château Rauzan Ségla
2023 / / 75cl
£360 per case of 6
IB
Tasting Notes"The 2023 Rauzan-Ségla was picked from September 7 until 29 at 30hL/ha, matured in 55% new oak. It contains more Cabernet Sauvignon this year (85%) due to the mildew-affected Merlot being parsed out of the blend. This has a very aromatic bouquet of wilted violets, black cherries and hints of camphor, with a faint oyster shell note lingering in the background. The palate is medium-bodied with fine-grained tannins. This is endowed with tension and purity, while a light marine influence imparts character. Armed with an energetic, spicy finish, this is a more classical Rauzan-Ségla that deserves five or six years in bottle. Even so, it already conveys an air of sophistication. 93-95 points" Neal Martin, Vinous.com------"The 2023 Rauzan-Ségla shows considerable promise, unwinding in the glass with aromas of cherries, dark berries and plums mingled with hints of pencil shavings and violets. Medium to full-bodied, layered and concentrated, it's deep and fleshy, with terrific purity of fruit, supple tannins and a long, resonant finish. This classic in the making is a blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13.5% Merlot and 1.5% Petit Verdot. 94-96 points" William Kelley, RobertParker.com------"Inkier and more luscious in texture than the Ségla, this has rich layers to its aromatic palate, showing rhubarb, savoury cassis and blueberry, peony, rose petals, soot, gunsmoke, graphite, flint, weight and texture, spiralling upwards. Wonderful expression of a wine that seems supremely Margaux and supremely Rauzan Ségla. 50% new oak. 96 points" janeanson.com------"The 2023 Rauzan-Segla is deep garnet-purple in color. It prances out with flamboyant notes of Morello cherries, blackcurrant pastilles, violets, and licorice giving way to suggestions of rosebud tea, crushed rocks, and Sichuan pepper. The medium-bodied palate delivers amazing tension to offset the shiny black and red berry layers, framed by velvety tannins, finishing long and perfumed. This is gorgeous! The blend is 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13.5% Merlot, and 1.5% Petit Verdot, aging 18 months in oak, 55% new, with pH 3.61 and yield 30 hl/ ha. 95-97 points" Lisa Perotti-Brown, The Wine Independent------"The 2023 Rauzan-Ségla is fabulous. Rich, dense and explosive, the 2023 soars out of the glass with captivating aromatics. Readers will find a vertical, deep Margaux endowed with tremendous character and nuance. All the elements are so well-balanced. Crushed rocks, plum, blood orange, spice and leather are some of the notes that explode into the finish. In 2023, the Grand Vin is distinctly red-fruited and vibrant. Rauzan-Ségla is one of the most memorable wines of the vintage. It was nothing short of stellar on the four occasions I tasted it. 96-98 points" Antonio Galloni, Vinous.com------"Rauzan-Segla with solid tannins that are muscular, well toned and beautiful. Black currants, blueberries and flowers. Chewy finish. One for the cellar. Classic. The cabernet went to the gym. 85% cabernet sauvignon, one of highest percentages ever. 97-98 points" jamessuckling.com

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