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Chateau Rauzan-Segla

rauzan-segla.jpgRauzan-Segla is a second-growth that perhaps flies under the radar of many Bordeaux lovers.  Perhaps it's the (relatively) modest nature of its Chateau, or that it sits back from the main road out of sight of passers by.  Or the fact that dismal wine was made here from the 1950s until the mid 1980s, when personnel changes (and later ownership transfer) resulted in greater investment, both experiential as well as financial, in the vineyards and the winery and as a result, returning the wine to its rightful place as a strong second growth.

Today, Rauzan-Segla is at the top of its game, producing stunning wines consistently.  From just over 50 hectares of vines, planted to 54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 41% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot and 1% Cabernet Franc, Rauzan-Segla produces two wines - its grand vin and a second label simply called 'Segla'.  Much of these vineyards were replanted in the 1980s with superior clones, greater vine density, and much-improved drainage in some plots was installed in the mid 1990s.  All of these undertakings helped improve the wine.rauzan-segla-tractor-2.jpg

Winemaking is relatively straightforward, with individual plots fermented separately in small, stainless steel vats.  Blending takes place in February following the harvest, and the wine is aged for around 18 months in 50% new barriques.  The wine is bottled unfiltered, but with a light egg-white fining.

rausan-segla-barrels.jpgRauzan-Segla was ranked only behind Brane-Mouton (Mouton Rothschild) as a second growth in the 1855 Classification, and it is clear that it has long been an underperforming property compared to its potential.  The wines of the past decade or so have been little short of fabulous.

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