About Château Rauzan-Ségla

By Paul Caputo

Château Rauzan-Ségla is one of the great historic estates of Bordeaux’s left bank. In 1855 it was categorised as a second growth as part of 1855 Medoc classification. Only the quartet of Château Lafite Rothschild, Château Latour, Château Margaux and Château Haut-Brion were rated above it. When Château Mouton Rothschild was awarded 1st growth status in 1973 it was left heading the second tier of chateaux.

Its history can be traced back as far as the mid 17th century when Pierre des Measures de Rauzen, a well known Bordeaux figure of the time (owning Pichon Longueville Baron and Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande) planted the vines. Upon his death the estate was inherited by his many children who, over the next 50-60 years, bickered and sold aspects of the vineyards. In 1763 an unreconcilable disagreement between the heirs meant that the estate had to be divided. One half became Chateau Rauzen Gassies and the other became Domaine de Rauzen, proud owner of 25 hectares of vineyard in Margaux.

The estate’s reputation continued to grow under various different managers and in 1790 it earned further notoriety when American president Thomas Jefferson ordered 10 cases. By the time Napoleon III asked the Bordeaux chamber of commerce to rate and classify Bordeaux’s left bank wines in 1855, Chateau Rauzen-Segla was already widely known and respected as one of the best sources of red wine in France.