Ranked as a Second Growth in the Bordeaux Classification of 1855, Château Rauzan-Ségla is a Left Bank Margaux estate dedicated to Cabernet Sauvignon. As such, its offerings are rich, assertive and bold, making it one of the most sought-after Second Growths on the market.
Founded in the late 17th century, the Château was initially known as Domaine de Rauzan. Its founder, Pierre des Mezures, had a history of his own, having first purchased Châteaux Margaux and Latour. Years later, however, the estate’s ownership went to the Baroness of Ségla, Catherin de Rauzan, who rechristened the property in her own honor.
The 1860s brought the phylloxera plague to the estate, impacting the next several decades to follow. But at the turn of the century, négociant Frederic Cruse carefully brought the estate back to life. Replanting the vineyards as well as reconstructing the living quarters that remain on the property to this day, he set the course for the estate’s newfound glory. By the 1980s, the Château made the leap back from mediocrity to competitive quality wines, and in 1994, the estate was purchased by the Chanel Group design house. The new owners eschewed the previously used machine harvesting and returned to working the vineyards by parcel, with grapes being hand-sorted and aged in oak barrels.
Rauzan-Ségla continues to produce robust, spicy reds, with its signature wine blended from Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot with hints of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Its second wine, Ségla, offers higher percentages of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, delivering a less powerful but enjoyable wine for broader audiences.