Robert Parker 87
The 1995 Rauzan-Segla is a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot and 4% Cabernet Franc. Medium to deep brick colored, the nose is looking a little oxidized with faded fruit, leather and rusty nail scents plus wafts of iodine and sweaty leather. Medium-bodied, firm and chewy, with a pleasant, lingering bit of savory-laced fruit, it finishes a tad hard. Drink up!
Anticipated maturity: 2020-2021
Dark, meaty, savoury nose. Lots of alcohol. Harsh, very dry (as opposed to sweet). No charm. Dry finish. Exaggerated, possibly over-extracted. Others liked it more.
Saturated ruby-red, even darker than the ’96. Currant, raspberry, tobacco and cedary oak on the nose. Full and sweet in the middle palate, with strong, lively flavors. Here the toothcoating tannins seem slightly less well integrated today but they are ripe and even. Really creamy in the mouth, but with the structure to age.