1986 Rauzan-Segla 750ml

France - Bordeaux - Margaux | Second Growth/ Red / Bordeaux Blend
1986 Rauzan-Segla
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Bordeaux Book(1998) | 96

An extraordinary success for this estate (and also the finest wine they produced in the decade of the eighties), the 1986 remains extremely backward. It reveals an impressively saturated dark purple color, followed by a tight but promising nose of sweet blackberries, cassis, licorice, earth, and smoke. Full-bodied and excruciatingly tannic, with layers of concentration, this exceptionally endowed wine is still an infant in terms of its evolution.

Drink Dates: 2002-2030
Author: Robert Parker


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Score: 98
Author: rsfj
Trust Rating: 92
Tasted On: 01/20/2013
Score: 96
Author: Toby Thomas
Trust Rating: 92
Tasted On: 02/27/2010
Score: 96
Author: peppe
Tasted On: 05/27/2009
Displaying a deep ruby colour with an orange peel rim, a lovely aroma of ripe cherry, violets and crushed stones delicately balanced with some oaky secondary well integrated nouances. The wine develops in the mouth with a powerful sweet and velvety feel of cherries and secondary flavours of mushrooms prunes and liquorice. The finish is fairly long and balanced, sweet and smooth.
Score: 100
Author: jab
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 03/01/2007
Drink Dates: 2007-2010
Best we tasted this trip.
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About This Producer


This Bordeaux chateau is a Second Growth property located in the Left Bank commune of Margaux. The estate was purchased by Pierre des Mesures de Rauzan in 1661, but the land had been divided in two by the time of the 1855 Medoc classification. The two vineyards remain today, Rauzan-Segla and Rauzan-Gassies. Phylloxera plagued the vineyards in the 1860s, leaving them ravaged for the next few decades. In 1903, however, negociant Frederic Cruse took over the estate and set about replanting vines, renovating the facilities, and constructing the house that remains today. In the 1980s, after years of mediocre-performing wines, quality returned to Rauzan-Segla thanks to manager and winemaker Jacques Theo. In 1994, under new ownership of the Chanel Group, the name of the chateau changed from Rausan to Rauzan, its original name. The chateau produces long-lived wines that age for decades. In their youth, they show characteristics of cherry, blackberry, and violets, while cassis and spice take over with maturity. Wines from the late '80s into the early '90s performed extremely well, specifically the '89, '90, and '95. Rauzan-Segla's second wine is simply called Segla.

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