TN 2006 Calon Segur
I so much wanted to love this wine, but.....
With some of the amazing 2006s out there (Pichon Lalande, d'Issan, Clerc Milon, Montrose) I was really looking forward to a good "old school" Calon Segur. Not to be, or it was slammed shut. The 95 and 96 at a similar age reeked of St. Estephe. This 06, to me, was just another very well made modern Bordeaux - but with no sense of place. A shy nose of black cherry, peppermint, cassis, leather, and oak. Palate follows a similar path with maybe the addition of earth and pencil. I did not get my wet stones, mulch, and pepper that I typically associate with St. Estephe, Calon in particular. As mentioned earlier, maybe it has shut down - no surprise with this wine. I was expecting more, but this is still a very good/excellent wine - though lacking the classic notes of 95 and 96. This is one of the first chateau to inspire my love of Bordeaux and I had my cash ready to buy a bunch; instead I will buy more 06 d'Issan and keep the rest for 96 Calon. Because this may be in the notorious Calon "sleep", I must afford it a proper score. 91+ Pts
Thanks for the post Jamie. Often, I find Calon Segur to be on the hard, austere, tannic side of the style range. It's not a wine I buy. While it's not germane to your tasting note on the 2006, I managed to taste two vintages of Calon Segur that knocked me out this year. 1949 and 1953! Perhaps the wine just needs several decades to come around. If you like, this is a link to my notes on Calon Segur - Calon Segur
Originally Posted by Jeff Leve