To reiterate, the 2010 Rauzan Segla is like a super-duper version of the 1986. Displaying fabulous density, an inky purple color and a superb nose of forest floor with a hint of menthol as well as loads of creme de cassis, mocha and touches of chocolate and subtle oak, this full-bodied, deep, concentrated wine represents only 45% of the estate’s production. It is certainly not for those who can’t wait a few years for it to round into shape, as I suspect it needs at least 5-8 years of bottle-age, but it should last for half a century or more. ||A stunning wine from Rauzan Segla, kudos go to administrator John Kolasa for turning out this profound wine, which should prove to be a timeless classic from the appellation of Margaux. Wine Advocate.February, 2013
Cropped over four weeks instead of three because of the uneven flowering of the Merlot, the Rauza-Segla delivers 14% alcohol with a pH of 3.6, a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 35% Merlot 3.5% Petit Verdot and 1.5% Cabernet Franc. Tasted three times, it has a very “strict”, tightly wound bouquet. It takes time to open up, with faint notes of shellfish inflecting the very fresh blackberry and graphite fruit. The palate is very well balanced with saturated tannins, vibrant acidity, that Cabernet Sauvignon (yet again) imparting graphite and mineralité into the wine. Quite linear towards the finish, long in the mouth. A great wine...though I suspect that the 2009 may turn out to be the pick of the two. Tasted April 2011. Neal Martin erobertparker.com
What a wonderful wine with flower, currant and hints of minerals and wet earth with some smoke. Full bodied, with chewy and creamy tannins. The texture is incredibly long with notes of citrus, dark fruits, and ripe raspberries. Super distinguished style. jamessuckling.com
This is a step ahead of the pack, thanks to its dense, sappy core of kirsch, blackberry and plum sauce that's offset by mouthwatering acidity and a long iron note on the finish. This has weight, but stays velvety and pure, with impressive length. James Molesworth, winespectator.com
Very sweet, purple-fruited notes on the nose. Sweet and simple and open with some minerality. Dry finish. There is lots to love here! Cool finish. jancisrobinson.com
Deep expression of complex Cabernet fruit and fine aromatic lift of wild violets, the ripeness backed by perfect tannis, all in depth and harmony, a very exciting wine with a great future. Drink 2020-45. Steven Spurrier, decanter.com
The 2010 Margaux, sharpened with acids, were challenging to taste so early in the first week of April. Rauzan-Segla was hardly approachable. the tannins were also accentuated but will have been diffused even within six weeks of the first tasting. Its record alcohol level was at least 13.9%. Less than half the grapes had been selected to make the medium- to full-bodies concentration. From its pelagian purple depth small red fruits, hints of wild berries, apricot and bergamot emerged unwillingly. By 2020 it will have integrated but its full measure will not be appreciated until 2050.
Rauzan-Segla - Only 45% of the crop was used in the Grand Vin. Produced from an assemblage of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot, the wine reached 14% alcohol, which is slightly higher than they achieved in 2009. Alluring scents of fresh flowers, truffle, cassis and jammy black plums combine with silk and velvet textures to produce an opulent, powerful, sensuous Margaux that coats your mouth with sensations of supple tannin and intense purity. When comparing this with the highly regarded 2009, it is not a question of quality or score, it?s a matter of style. The 2009 is more sensuous, while the 2010 offers more power and lift from higher acidity. winecellarinsider.com
I tasted 2 samples of the deep ruby 2010 Rauzan-Segla: one was very closed with a dry finish and the second was more expressive, with aromas of cedarbox, tobacco, plums and cassis, but still very restrained. Although I found the fruit lacked dimension and depth, the tannins were soft, making the wine fairly easy to enjoy and destined to be approachable at a young age. asianpalate.com
A very reserved soapy, Margaux nose with just a whiff of weedy black fruit. Super-concentrated and a HUGE mouthfull of wonderful creamy, sappy dark fruit. Very structured and hugely impressive.