In a nutshell: Highly enjoyable second wine from the esteemed Rauzan Segla estate.
The lowdown: Chateau Rauzan Segla produce top Margaux wine and 'Segla', the little brother, is often regarded as the best second wine of the vintage in the area, and this 2014 is no exception. Right in its drinking window the 2014 is a beautiful wine and very approachable at the moment. Red and dark fruit aromas with floral and minerally hints lead onto a smooth medium-bodied palate with good forward ripe fruit flavours and polished tannins.
92/100 - James Suckling
When to drink: Drink now and into the middle of the decade. Classic accompaniments include roast beef, filet mignon, or richer duck dishes.
Being only one of the fifteen Deuxièmes Crus of the official Bordeaux wine classification of 1855, Rauzan-Ségla has always been seen among the premier league of Bordeaux Châteaux. However for much of the twentieth century their wines weren't really at this level and they were long regarded as something of an under-performer. It wasn't until a period under the ownership of Liverpool shipping magnate, John Holt, in the 1980s when new investment was made and the famous consultant Émile Peynaud engaged as enologist that the estate began to head back towards its former glories.
They produced a succession of stellar wines in the late 1980s and in 1994 were acquired by the Wertheimer brothers, the owners of Chanel, who continued the upturn in Rauzan-Ségla's fortunes with continued substantial investment and renovation. During this period winemaker John Kolasa, previously of Château Latour, led the team and continued to push quality upwards. In 2014 following John Kolasa's retirement Nicolas Audebert was appointed head winemaker and continues to keep the estate at at the forefront.
In total they have around 45 hectares of vines two thirds of which are planted with Cabernet Sauvignon, with around a third being Merlot augmented with a very small amount of Cabernet Franc. They produce two wines; the eponymous Rauzan-Ségla is the Grand Vin and, since the late 1990s, a second wine which is known simply as 'Ségla'.