Château Rauzan-Ségla: Left Bank Luxury

Retail Team | December 23, 2023

Any discussion of the greatest estates in Margaux that does not include the name Rauzan-Ségla would be woefully incomplete. A Second Growth renowned for blending precise classicism and power, it’s “blessed with some of the finest terroir in Bordeaux” according to Vinous.

The property experienced a significant turnaround in 1994 when it was purchased by Chanel owners Alain and Gerard Wertheimer. The new owners instilled Rauzan-Ségla’s operations with a distinct note of Gallic luxury, including having the interiors of the château designed by Karl Lagerfeld.

Nicolas Audebert, Rauzan-Ségla’s current winemaker, took over with the 2015 vintage and his tenure so far has been nothing short of masterful. By introducing a more precise, intensive approach to vineyard management, Nicolas has brought greater detail, finesse, and transparency to the wines. This approach has coincided with a string of fantastic vintages, cementing Rauzan-Ségla’s reputation as a collector favorite on the Left Bank.

Sotheby’s Wine is pleased to present four vintages from this magnificent estate that span almost a decade. 2019, the most recent, is destined for classic status – a wine of harmony and hidden depths. 2018 was a tour de force that wowed critics – extolled by Nicolas as “an extraordinary vintage for Rauzan-Ségla.” The 2017 is fragrant and balanced, with notes of ripe red and black berry fruit. Lastly, the 2010 – produced by Nicolas’s predecessor, John Kolasa – has become a benchmark for Rauzan-Ségla, flirting with perfection and with decades of life to go.