Rauzan-Segla is a Second Growth from Margaux, joining the likes of Palmer and Brane-Cantenac to take pride of place after Chateau Margaux itself.
The Chateau was initially founded under the name Domaine de Rauzan in 1661 by Pierre Desmezures, an important figure in Bordeaux’s history who, at the time, also owned châteaux Margaux and Latour. Eventually, the property came under the control of the Baroness of Ségla, Catherin de Rauzan, who named it Rauzan-Ségla for herself. Thomas Jefferson ordered ten cases of Rauzan-Segla in 1790 after visiting Bordeaux in 1787, immediately declaring it as one of the top Second Growths.
Fast forward to modern history, Rauzan-Ségla changed hands several times throughout the 80s and early 90s. Since 1994 the Estate has been owned by the Wertheimer Family of Chanel, who have put in place a superb wine making team headed up by David Orr and John Kolasa of Chateau Latour. Machine harvesting was eliminated, and there was a move to work the vineyards plot by plot. There are now 45 hectares of vineyards at Rauzan-Ségla and the grapes are sorted by hand, fermented in temperature-controlled, stainless steel tanks. The wine is then matured in barriques (60% new) for 18 months. The grand vin is carefully blended from Cabernet Sauvignon, with Merlot and a small amount of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot.
The Chateau produces only 10,000-12,000 cases a year and with the quality being on the rise since the 90’s, today this is a highly sought-after Second Growth.