2010 Chateau Rauzan-Segla (Case of Six)

Year: 2010
Appellation: Margaux
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 94-97
Wine Advocate: 92-94
Vinous Media: 91-94
Jeff Leve: 94-96
James Suckling: 97-98
Red Wine


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"This is a step ahead of the pack, thanks to its dense, sappy core of kirsch, blackberry and plum sauce that's offset by mouthwatering acidity and a long iron note on the finish. This has weight, but stays velvety and pure, with impressive length." (WS)

"Only 45% of the crop made it into the 2010 Rauzan-Segla, which is a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Merlot, and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. This wine has an average pH of 3.6, but at 13.9%, the alcohol is the highest ever measured. The tannin levels in this wine suggest the great 1986 Rauzan-Segla, while the personality of the wine comes close to mirroring the 2005. Dense purple, with hints of menthol, blueberry, black currant and sweet, earthy notes, the wine is full-bodied and displays terrific purity, texture, and overall precision. The tannin levels are high, but the wine balances them out with its impressive level of concentration. This wine will probably need 5-10 years of cellaring when released and drink well for 30 or more years, given the fact that the 1986, at age 25, is still an adolescent. " (WA)

"(60% cabernet sauvignon, 35% merlot, 3.5% petit verdot and 1.5% cabernet franc; 3.8 pH; 14% alcohol) Good, full ruby. Expressive aromas and flavors of redcurrant, candied red cherry, iron, licorice and tobacco. Rich, creamy and sweet but with harmonious acids giving a crisp quality to the mid-palate. Finishes smooth and long, with a cool, refined quality. This should develop slowly in bottle: drink from 2018 through 2040." (IWC)

"Rauzan-Segla – Only 45% of the crop was used in the Grand Vin. Produced from an assemblage of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot, the Bordeaux wine reached 14% alcohol, which is slightly higher than they achieved in 2009. Alluring scents of fresh flowers, truffle, cassis and jammy black plums combine with silk and velvet textures to produce an opulent, powerful, sensuous Margaux wine that coats your mouth with sensations of supple tannin and intense purity. When comparing this with the highly regarded 2009, it is not a question of quality or score, it’s a matter of style. The 2009 is more sensuous, while the 2010 offers more power and lift from higher acidity." (JL)

"What a wonderful wine with flower, currant and hints of minerals and wet earth with some smoke. Full bodied, with chewy and creamy tannins. The texture is incredibly long with notes of citrus, dark fruits, and ripe raspberries. Super distinguished style.$$" (JS) "Big tannins here, very dry, but the fruit seems rich enough to support it. It is finely structured, very dense, made for the long haul." (JL)