CHANEL purchased Château Rauzan-Ségla in April 1994 and immediately started a full renovation programme. The vineyard has been drained — a 15-kilometre network is now in place, two parcels of Petit Verdot were planted and three hectares of vines were grafted over with Merlot.
Today, 51 hectares are in production for an average total production of 200 000 bottles – Château Rauzan-Ségla and its second wine, Ségla. The winery has been adapted and large vats progressively replaced by smaller capacities – matching the parcels' sizes. From the 2004 picking on, grapes will be sorted on two 10-metre long vibrating tables, so that each single berry is checked before entering the vats.
Maturation cellars have been completely renovated and a new room built for the bottling-labelling machines – making Château Rauzan-Ségla fully independent for the entire production process. And thanks to a renovation carefully carried out according to the original plans of 1904, the Château itself looks again as it used to one century ago. After three and a half centuries, Château Rauzan-Ségla has now gained all the required assets to remain true to its reputation.
Notes and Reviews
Robert Parker (90)
While the bottled 2000 still reveals a certain sternness in addition to tough tannin, it is sweeter and more expansive and flavourful. The dark ruby/purple colour is saturated and impressive. With coaxing, notes of lead pencil shavings, black currants, earth, cedar, and spice box emerge from a relatively closed, firm, medium- to full-bodied wine or, as the French would say, a classic vin de garde (for long-term cellaring).
Although austere, it is a classic, authoritatively flavoured effort that requires patience. I would like to see sweeter tannin and more flesh built into the mid-palate, but there is no denying the classicism and purity of this 2000.
|Grape Varieties||Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot|
|Age of Vines||25 years old|
|Vinification||6-8 days' fermentation and 10-14 days' maceration in stainless steel vats|
|Elevage||18-20 months in oak barrels (65% new oak)|
|Soil Type||Gunzian gravel|