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Chateau Rauzan-Segla, Margaux 2001

Second (2ème) Growth estate from hallowed Left Bank appellation of Margaux.

The 19th century originally saw Rauzan-Segla and Mouton-Rothschild on an equal footing in terms of quality – both top rated chateau of Left Bank Bordeaux - but their fortunes diverged with Mouton eventually ascending to Premier Cru status and Rauzan suffering a steadily declining reputation. After this fallow period from the 1950s right up until the early 1990s, significant improvements have taken place, particularly since new owners – Chanel - took over in 1994.

Vine planting ratios are of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot. Terroir is mostly gravel with clay soils. An increase in Cabernet Sauvignon plantings and the reintroduction of Petit Verdot have been an important part of the improvement in quality.

Wines are aged in an average of 50% new French oak barrels for between 18 to 20 months, depending on the vintage.

The 2001 vintage represents well the improvements that have taken place since Chanel took over. It is a wine with power and concentration. Layers of black fruits are framed by dusty tannins. Good ageing potential even now. These are wines to enjoy after a good period of ageing as in youth they are too tannic, powerful and reserved. Peak maturity is estimated at between 18 and 35 years depending upon vintage.

Pair with beef, lamb, game, Asian dishes, mushroom based dishes.

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