Chateau Rauzan-Segla – a vertical tasting at Le Manoir wine event
Last week ArtMark hosted the most interesting wine event organized in Bucharest so far. The event was organized by Le Manoir over two days – Sept 29th and 30th, and the purpose was to introduce their premium products to new restaurants, corporations and private clients, but also to familiarize their already established customers with the current offer. There was a large number of presentations hosted by each producer over the two days. Producers that showcased their wines were: Ch Rauzan-Segla, Ch Canon(St Emilion Grand Cru) and Dourthe from Bordeaux, Joseph Drouhin from Burgundy, La Spinetta from Piedmont, Michel Redde from Sancerre and Pouilly Fume; there were the wines of Michel Rolland presented by David Lesage, his son-in-law; Emilio Moro from Ribera del Duero, Armagnac Château de l’Aubade and Calvados Comte Louis dc Lauriston. The event ended on FRI evening with an auction of rare wines.
The last event on FRI, just before the auction, was hosted by Chateau Rauzan-Segla and was a vertical tasting of 4 different vintages: 2007, 2004, 2002 and 2001. Earlier during the day I also tasted the 2006 vintage at their booth.
Chateau Rauzan-Segla 2006 appears to be in a very closed stage now both on the nose as on the palate, however the wine is well structured and with great potential for development, but needs time in the bottle. As of now it is better to let it age for a few years.
The vertical of the 4 vintages of Rauzan-Segla took place in a small chamber decorated with beautiful paintings of famous Romanians painters and was attended by about 10 people. The wines were served in a descending order and the Chateau representative gave full details about each vintage and wine tasted.
Just some brief information about Ch Rauzan-Segla: situated in Margaux appellation, the property was reborn in 1994 when Chanel became its owner. The terroir of Rauzan-Segla was entrusted to John Kolasa whose task was to assemble the necessary resources and people to give the Chateau back its good reputation. They own 50 ha of vines situated on deep and fine gravel and grow 54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot and 1% Cabernet Franc. There is a density of 6600 to 10000 plants per Ha, while the average age of the vines is around 30 years. The wines are usually aged in new and old French oak for 14 to 18 months depending on the quality of the vintage. Also, depending on the quality of the vintage, the proportion of new oak is variable.
Chateau Rauzan-Segla 2007
Blend of 59% Cab Sauv, 35.5% Merlot, 5.5% Petit Verdot(including 14.5% press wine). Aged in 60% new French oak. Yields of 43 hl/ha.
Dark red ruby color. A youthful and developing nose, smoky, with aromas of green vegetables, red currant and graphite. Medium bodied and really approachable in the mouth, with supple tannins. Red fruit, cedar and earthy flavors coat the palate, while the finish is medium. The wine requires a few more years in the bottle to develop the nose, but has a shorter future than the 2002 version. (88-89/100)
Chateau Rauzan-Segla 2004
Blend of 52.5% Cab Sauv, 42% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot, 1.5% Cab Franc(including 13% press wine). Yields at 52 hl/ha. Aging: 50% new French oak barrels.
A deeper dark red ruby color with purple reflections. In this case we have a well developed nose, very smoky, earthy-mineral and a bit sweet prunes-like sensation, with red currant and tobacco aromas. Medium bodied, structured with assertive tannins, a smoky palate and more intense flavors of red fruit and coffee. A medium plus finish with present tannins that maintain shades of greenness and a light bitterness. (90/100)
Chateau Rauzan-Segla 2002
Blend of 58% Cab Sauv, 35% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot and 2% Cab Franc(including 13.5% press wine). Yields of only 27 hl/ha. Aged in 53% new French oak barrels for around 18 months.
Deep dark red ruby color, a little soft at the edge. Less expressive on the nose than the ’04, but well developed, with nice aromatics of red fruit, tobacco, prunes and pencil leads. Medium bodied, balanced, with no hard edges, supple tannins, good concentration and expressive on the palate. Flavors of red fruit, coffee and graphite. Medium plus finish with an interesting espresso bitterness on the aftertaste. A very interesting wine. (89-90/100)
Chateau Rauzan-Segla 2001
Blend of 63.5% Cab Sauv, 33.5% Merlot, 3% Cab Franc (including 13% press wine). Yields of 46 hl/ha. 50% new French oak. Only 39% of the total production ended up in the grand vin in 2001.
Red ruby color. Well developed, but still primary on the nose, with aromas of tobacco, flowers, spices and graphite. Medium bodied, supple and expressive on the palate, well structured, it is the most classical of the line-up. Hints of green vegetables, red currant, cranberries and tobacco sing on the palate. A medium plus finish. The most masculine wine of the vertical, more austere than the other three, but still my favorite. In a Classical Bordeaux style. (91/100)
My top of the tasting was in a descending order: 2001, 2002, 2004 and 2007. Others also indicated 2001 as their favorite wine of the flight. It is nice to observe such an homogeneity in the aromas and typicality for the 4 wines tasted, while they also remain so distinctive and unique.