Mon 13 Apr 2015

Tasting Rauzan-Ségla and Canon with John Kolasa


John Kolasa tasting

The picture displays the riches that were on offer at The Assembly Rooms in Edinburgh recently but cannot begin to convey the whole experience shared by forty members and their guests. A re-run of a tasting held in London four years ago (just 10 wines then, 14 this time in Scotland) this event brought John Kolasa ‘home’ to Scotland to share his observations and passions over his 40+ years in Bordeaux, eight of which at the helm of first growth Château Latour, the last twenty presiding over Châteaux Rauzan-Ségla in Margaux and Canon in St-Emilion on behalf of the Wertheimer family of Chanel.

The tasting spanned a range of vintages from 2011 back to 1998 across these two fine properties, including second wines Clos (now Croix) Canon and Ségla.

Quality, predictably, was high – to be expected from two top classed growth properties in such safe and experienced hands and with the backing of one of the world’s great fashion houses. The wines also displayed a sense of place coupled with clear vintage differences. A fascinating and very special event we wish more could have enjoyed, especially given the positive feedback from John’s fellow Scots on the night.

Jo Locke MW
Society Buyer


  1. Mike Dodson says:

    Nice to see but for those not able to go, who have bought Segla on primeur, we would like to hear what you thought of each vintage. I am especially interested in 05 and 09.

    • Martin Brown says:

      Be delighted to find out for you, Mr Dodson; are you able to confirm it was Segla (as opposed to Rauzan Segla) that you were interested in?
      Martin Brown
      The Wine Society

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