The 2006 Rauzan-Ségla actually showed a touch more maturation on the rim compared to the 2004! This bottle was consistent with several encounters in the past, including my ten-year on retrospectives. Harvested from September 21 to October 7, it has an open and expressive bouquet with blackberry, cedar and just a touch of graphite. The palate is medium-bodied with moderate depth, quite straight-laced in style with firm, slightly dry tannin but backed up by sufficient black fruit laced with black pepper and clove. Where this particular vintage is let down is just on the finish. It scarpers out of the exit too hastily whereas the 2004 displayed more bite and energy. Tasted at the Rauzan-Ségla vertical at the château.
Anticipated maturity: 2019-2036
Robert Parker 92.0
Deep garnet in color with a touch of brick, the 2006 Rauzan-SÃ©gla gives up dusty earth, sandalwood, cigar and Indian spices scents with a core of mincemeat pie, prunes and dried mulberries plus a waft of dried roses. Medium-bodied, firm and chewy, it has bags of freshness supporting the muscular core of evolved, spicy fruit, finishing minerally. The blend this year is 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 44% Merlot and 3% Petit Verdot, harvested between September 21st and October 7th, at an average yield of 52 hectoliters per hectare. It was aged for 18 months in French oak, 50% new. The alcohol is 13%.
Anticipated maturity: 2020-2029