Chateau Rauzan-Segla, AOC Margaux, Margaux-Cantenac (commune of), Gironde, Nouvelle Aquitaine, France, 2003
This wine: a second tier wine of the anachronistic 1855 classification, lot No. L218176, a blend of cabernet sauvignon, merlot, cabernet franc and petit verdot, coated natural cork closure, 12.5% abv, BBR, ~£70 (gift 01/18)
Consumer tasting note: faulty.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, medium intensity garnet, showing tears [a very small quantity of fine sediment with about ten quite large, ~1.5mm, tartrate crystals].
Nose: clean, medium (+) intensity, fully developed, with aromas as they come, of kirsch edged with low-key warm toast, cedar, spicy red plum jam, squashed ripe black berry, hint of violets, leaf humus, warm beeswax, dried herbs, a hint of funk (brett), hint of black liquorice, old leather, a hint of mint.
Palate: dry, high acidity, medium (+) tannins, medium alcohol, medium body, medium intensity, with flavours of hints of stewed red plum, a bit porty, touch of kirsch, coffee grounds, hints of hazelnut and mushroom. A medium length with a clean yet markedly drying finish.
Quality: faulty, the strong acidity and marked tannins, together with the porty character, do not result in a harmonious wine, and whilst there is a decent evolving complexity on the nose, there little on the palate – the nose suggests an element of underlying brett, which would account for the stunted flavour intensity and profile, and the drying finish, on just a medium length.
Drinking readiness/ageing potential: faulty.