Rauzan Segla 2001 Ex-Chateau (750ML)
Critic Scores, Reviews & Descriptions
93 VM / 93 DE
The 2001 Rauzan-Ségla, picked September 28 to October 11, shows moderate maturation on the brick rim. The bouquet is quite intense, embracing both primary and secondary aromas at 17-years of age, blackberry, sage, clove, and just a hint of black olive and violet. This is quite complex and enticing. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, crisp acidity, maybe a little rustic compared to latter-day Rauzan-Séglas, but with fine balance and focus. Moving toward its second half it develops a light ferrous touch, earthy and edgy, a drop of balsamic appearing towards the finish. This is perfect to drink now but it should age nicely over the next ten or fifteen years. Tasted at the Rauzan-Ségla vertical at the château.
At this point Rauzan-Ségla was clearly making brilliant wines, but not quite at the level of precision that the estate hit from 2005 onwards. Spiced plum and lush raspberry aromatics abound through the palate, with roasted coffee notes playing gently underneath. This is a lovely wine that showcases the excellence of this estate, and it's very much in its stride and drinking window, ready to be enjoyed. 50% new oak. 46hl/ha yield. Drinking Window 2018 - 2026. Jane Anson, Decanter (Sep 2018)