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Château Calon-Ségur

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2023
96
The black fruits, dark red berries, flowers, licorice, spice, smoke, and crème de cassis in the perfume is a knockout! The wine is rich, balanced, well-defined, supple, creamy, and vibrant. The fruits have weight, depth, length, and purity. The concentrated layers of fruit start off strong, and keep on going. The refreshing waves of red with black fruits, sprig of mint, and touches of spice hang with you for close to 50 seconds in the up-beat finish. The wine blends 72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc, and 1% Petit Verdot. 14% ABV, 3.7 pH. The harvest took place September 6 - September 30. Only 55% of the harvest was placed into the Grand Vin. Drink from 2030-2060. 95-97 Pts.

The black fruits, dark red berries, flowers, licorice, spice, smoke, and crème de cassis in the perfume is a knockout! The wine is rich, balanced, well-defined, supple, creamy, and vibrant. The fruits have weight, depth, length, and purity. The concentrated layers of fruit start off strong, and keep on going. The refreshing waves of red with black fruits, sprig of mint, and touches of spice hang with you for close to 50 seconds in the up-beat finish. The wine blends 72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc, and 1% Petit Verdot. 14% ABV, 3.7 pH. The harvest took place September 6 - September 30. Only 55% of the harvest was placed into the Grand Vin. Drink from 2030-2060. 95-97 Pts.

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2022
98
Inky dark in color, the wine pops with crème de cassis, blackberries, smoke, lead pencil, 5 spice, and flowers in the aromatics. The wine explodes with endless waves of cassis, peppery blackberries, Asian spice, espresso, and dark chocolate on the palate. Everything is in place here. The wine coats your teeth, palate, and gums with fruit, and freshness that sings. The seamless finish is made even better with a refreshing hit of chocolate mint at the end. The wine builds, and expands in the finish as it crosses the 60 second mark. The wine blends 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot, 5% Cabernet franc and 1% Petit Verdot. 15% ABV, 3.8 pH. The harvest took place September 6 - September 27. The is the earliest harvest in the history of the property. Yields were 26 hectoliters per hectare. Only 53% of harvest was placed into the Grand Vin. The wine is aging in 100% new, French oak barrels for 20 months before bottling. Drink from 2028-2060. 97-99 Pts.

Inky dark in color, the wine pops with crème de cassis, blackberries, smoke, lead pencil, 5 spice, and flowers in the aromatics. The wine explodes with endless waves of cassis, peppery blackberries, Asian spice, espresso, and dark chocolate on the palate. Everything is in place here. The wine coats your teeth, palate, and gums with fruit, and freshness that sings. The seamless finish is made even better with a refreshing hit of chocolate mint at the end. The wine builds, and expands in the finish as it crosses the 60 second mark. The wine blends 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot, 5% Cabernet franc and 1% Petit Verdot. 15% ABV, 3.8 pH. The harvest took place September 6 - September 27. The is the earliest harvest in the history of the property. Yields were 26 hectoliters per hectare. Only 53% of harvest was placed into the Grand Vin. The wine is aging in 100% new, French oak barrels for 20 months before bottling. Drink from 2028-2060. 97-99 Pts.

2,845 Views   Tasted
2021
94
This is an elegant, energetic, vibrant, lifted, almost high-toned, refined vintage here. The fruit expresses purity, lift, and refinement, meshed with classicism. The perfume intrigues you to know more with its flowers, tobacco leaf, cherries, spicy currants, espresso, and orange profile. The medium-bodied wine is forward, and should be approachable with just a few years of aging, which is a good thing, as this is already quite charming. The finish delivers a nice, spicy, minty, uplifted endnote. The wine was produced from 81% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Cabernet Franc, 7% Merlot and 1% Petit Verdot. Drink from 2026-2055.

This is an elegant, energetic, vibrant, lifted, almost high-toned, refined vintage here. The fruit expresses purity, lift, and refinement, meshed with classicism. The perfume intrigues you to know more with its flowers, tobacco leaf, cherries, spicy currants, espresso, and orange profile. The medium-bodied wine is forward, and should be approachable with just a few years of aging, which is a good thing, as this is already quite charming. The finish delivers a nice, spicy, minty, uplifted endnote. The wine was produced from 81% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Cabernet Franc, 7% Merlot and 1% Petit Verdot. Drink from 2026-2055.

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Dark garnet in color, tobacco leaf, spicy currants, dried flowers, and blackberries are found on the nose. Medium-bodied, fresh, vibrant and lifted, the fruit is on the elegant, classic side with good sweetness and should be relatively precocious. The finish delivers a nice, spicy, minty, uplifted endnote. The wine was produced from 81% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Cabernet Franc, 7% Merlot and 1% Petit Verdot, 12.9% ABV, 3.65 pH. The harvest took place September 28, finishing October 13. Drink from 2025-2047. 94-96

Dark garnet in color, tobacco leaf, spicy currants, dried flowers, and blackberries are found on the nose. Medium-bodied, fresh, vibrant and lifted, the fruit is on the elegant, classic side with good sweetness and should be relatively precocious. The finish delivers a nice, spicy, minty, uplifted endnote. The wine was produced from 81% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Cabernet Franc, 7% Merlot and 1% Petit Verdot, 12.9% ABV, 3.65 pH. The harvest took place September 28, finishing October 13. Drink from 2025-2047. 94-96

3,462 Views   Tasted
2020
98
Powerful, rich, deep, long, and packed with layers of dark, red, and black fruits, Asian spice, boysenberry, black currants, cedar, licorice, cocoa, tobacco leaf, lead pencil, and a refreshing hint of mint in the nose. The wine offers intensity, depth of flavor, power, ripe tannins, vibrance, blackberry, and a currant lingering finish with nuances of spice, chocolate, and creme de cassis on the back end. Give it a few years in the cellar, and enjoy it for up to 3 decades after that. Drink from 2026-2055.

Powerful, rich, deep, long, and packed with layers of dark, red, and black fruits, Asian spice, boysenberry, black currants, cedar, licorice, cocoa, tobacco leaf, lead pencil, and a refreshing hint of mint in the nose. The wine offers intensity, depth of flavor, power, ripe tannins, vibrance, blackberry, and a currant lingering finish with nuances of spice, chocolate, and creme de cassis on the back end. Give it a few years in the cellar, and enjoy it for up to 3 decades after that. Drink from 2026-2055.

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If you are not familiar with everything going on with Calon Segur these days, you need to taste this wine. Deeply colored, without hesitation the wine shoots from the glass with Asian spice, boysenberry, black currants, cedar, cigar box, tobacco leaf, lead pencil and forest leaf. Full-bodied, concentrated, powerful and rich, yet it is also balanced, refined, and intense. There is purity in the fruits, freshness and symmetry, ending with seamless waves of perfectly ripe, creme de cassis. Let this rest for at least a decade and enjoy for 3 or more decades after that. The wine blends 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot. 13.8% ABV. 96-98 Pts

If you are not familiar with everything going on with Calon Segur these days, you need to taste this wine. Deeply colored, without hesitation the wine shoots from the glass with Asian spice, boysenberry, black currants, cedar, cigar box, tobacco leaf, lead pencil and forest leaf. Full-bodied, concentrated, powerful and rich, yet it is also balanced, refined, and intense. There is purity in the fruits, freshness and symmetry, ending with seamless waves of perfectly ripe, creme de cassis. Let this rest for at least a decade and enjoy for 3 or more decades after that. The wine blends 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot. 13.8% ABV. 96-98 Pts

12,649 Views   Tasted
2019
98
Power, purity, complexity, and richness combine to produce stunning levels of intensity, length, and freshness. The depth of fruit here is almost off the charts. Almost opaque in color, the wine is all about its display of spices, blackberries, black plums, black currants, mint, espresso, and tobacco leaf character. Perfectly balanced, poised, and rich, the tannins are polished and refined, making this beauty effortless to drink. This is a very textural wine that is clearly one of the stars of the vintage. Drink from 2030-2060.

Power, purity, complexity, and richness combine to produce stunning levels of intensity, length, and freshness. The depth of fruit here is almost off the charts. Almost opaque in color, the wine is all about its display of spices, blackberries, black plums, black currants, mint, espresso, and tobacco leaf character. Perfectly balanced, poised, and rich, the tannins are polished and refined, making this beauty effortless to drink. This is a very textural wine that is clearly one of the stars of the vintage. Drink from 2030-2060.

8,367 Views   Tasted
Dark in color, not quite opaque, but close to it. The wine sports Asian spices, cedar, mint, charcoal, blackberry and espresso in the nose. On the palate, the wine is opulent, bordering on decadent, silky, velvety and rich. The fruit glides over your palate displaying its purity with back notes of chocolate, black cherry, tobacco and herbs. This is a very textural wine that is clearly one of the stars of the vintage. The wine was made from blending 73% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot, reaching 14.5% ABV, which is a good thing so all my American friends can buy this beauty! 96-98 Pts

Dark in color, not quite opaque, but close to it. The wine sports Asian spices, cedar, mint, charcoal, blackberry and espresso in the nose. On the palate, the wine is opulent, bordering on decadent, silky, velvety and rich. The fruit glides over your palate displaying its purity with back notes of chocolate, black cherry, tobacco and herbs. This is a very textural wine that is clearly one of the stars of the vintage. The wine was made from blending 73% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot, reaching 14.5% ABV, which is a good thing so all my American friends can buy this beauty! 96-98 Pts

20,312 Views   Tasted
2018
98
Deeply colored, everything here is intense starting with the perfume. The nose rocks with its espresso, boysenberry, blackberry, spice, tobacco leaf, thyme and cocoa. Full-bodied, powerful, dense and intense, the wine lingers for over 50 seconds on your palate, which is a good thing, because you want to hold on to all those, creamy, opulent, voluptuous, ripe, sweet, pure fruits for as long as possible. The wine was produced from 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot, 14.9% ABV, with no touch of heat.

Deeply colored, everything here is intense starting with the perfume. The nose rocks with its espresso, boysenberry, blackberry, spice, tobacco leaf, thyme and cocoa. Full-bodied, powerful, dense and intense, the wine lingers for over 50 seconds on your palate, which is a good thing, because you want to hold on to all those, creamy, opulent, voluptuous, ripe, sweet, pure fruits for as long as possible. The wine was produced from 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot, 14.9% ABV, with no touch of heat.

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Dark, inky with deep purple accents, the wine is dense, concentrated, full bodied, fleshy and powerful. The fruit shows lift, sweetness and purity. Even though the wine is quite high in ABV, you never sense it. There is no heat or jammy aromatics. Instead your palate is ensconced in waves of ripe, intensely pure, spicy, red pit fruits. The wine was produced from 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot, reaching 14.9% ABV with a pH of 3.75. The harvest took place September 19-October 8. The Grand Vin was made from 40% of the harvest. 97-99 Pts

Dark, inky with deep purple accents, the wine is dense, concentrated, full bodied, fleshy and powerful. The fruit shows lift, sweetness and purity. Even though the wine is quite high in ABV, you never sense it. There is no heat or jammy aromatics. Instead your palate is ensconced in waves of ripe, intensely pure, spicy, red pit fruits. The wine was produced from 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot, reaching 14.9% ABV with a pH of 3.75. The harvest took place September 19-October 8. The Grand Vin was made from 40% of the harvest. 97-99 Pts

10,679 Views   Tasted
2017
95
Dark blackberries, and fresh, red fruits bend together perfectly with all the spice, tobacco, espresso bean, and smoke nuances in the nose. Medium-bodied, vibrant, elegant, energetic, and showing a cool, touch of mint on the palate, this is going to be even better in a few years, though it can be enjoyed in its youth. Drink from 2024-2045.

Dark blackberries, and fresh, red fruits bend together perfectly with all the spice, tobacco, espresso bean, and smoke nuances in the nose. Medium-bodied, vibrant, elegant, energetic, and showing a cool, touch of mint on the palate, this is going to be even better in a few years, though it can be enjoyed in its youth. Drink from 2024-2045.

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Spicy, sweet, fresh, earthy, red fruits, soft tannins and a sassy attitude create this wine’s demeanor. There is density with strong, chewy tannins. The finish is polished, rich and energetic, delivering a blackberry Asian zing, licorice and a dark cocoa endnote. It will take time -- at least a decade -- before this nonconformist is civilized. The wine was produced from 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot, reaching 13.2% ABV with a pH of 3.70. The harvest took place September 15 to September 29.

Spicy, sweet, fresh, earthy, red fruits, soft tannins and a sassy attitude create this wine’s demeanor. There is density with strong, chewy tannins. The finish is polished, rich and energetic, delivering a blackberry Asian zing, licorice and a dark cocoa endnote. It will take time -- at least a decade -- before this nonconformist is civilized. The wine was produced from 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot, reaching 13.2% ABV with a pH of 3.70. The harvest took place September 15 to September 29.

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2016
98
The attention-seeking nose, with its cigar box, tobacco wrapper, cedar, lead pencil, black currant, and smoke hits the right notes. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied, bright, fresh, and energetic with soft, ripe, present tannins, freshness, length, and a gorgeous creaminess to the layers of deep, black, peppery fruits. This is going to age and develop well for decades. Give it a few more years for additional secondary development and it will be even better! Drink from 2027-2060.

The attention-seeking nose, with its cigar box, tobacco wrapper, cedar, lead pencil, black currant, and smoke hits the right notes. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied, bright, fresh, and energetic with soft, ripe, present tannins, freshness, length, and a gorgeous creaminess to the layers of deep, black, peppery fruits. This is going to age and develop well for decades. Give it a few more years for additional secondary development and it will be even better! Drink from 2027-2060.

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The first thing you notice is the high-quality Cuban cigar notes that are quickly followed by earthy, fresh, powerful, sweet, pure, dense black fruits. Combining power, purity, refinement and lift is not an easy thing to do, but that is what you find in the 2016. This is a very exciting wine that you should be tasting, before prices catch up to its quality.

The first thing you notice is the high-quality Cuban cigar notes that are quickly followed by earthy, fresh, powerful, sweet, pure, dense black fruits. Combining power, purity, refinement and lift is not an easy thing to do, but that is what you find in the 2016. This is a very exciting wine that you should be tasting, before prices catch up to its quality.

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Heart-stoppingly good in every way. Rich, dense, powerful, concentrated, polished, long and complex, the fruits just keep on coming in the non-stop finish. Seamless from start to finish, there is beautiful purity of exotic spicy fruit that leaves a real impression. This will take 15-20 years to show its best, but if you are young enough, it's going to be worth the way. Clearly, this is the best wine ever produced from Calon Segur.

Heart-stoppingly good in every way. Rich, dense, powerful, concentrated, polished, long and complex, the fruits just keep on coming in the non-stop finish. Seamless from start to finish, there is beautiful purity of exotic spicy fruit that leaves a real impression. This will take 15-20 years to show its best, but if you are young enough, it's going to be worth the way. Clearly, this is the best wine ever produced from Calon Segur.

16,802 Views   Tasted
Incredibly dense with a beautiful sensation of forbidden fruit in the nose and on the mouth. There is weight, balance, freshness and complexity, imparting perfectly ripe, dark red, pit fruits and minerality is what this beauty does best. The wine was produced from 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 18% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot, reaching 14% ABV with a pH of 3.75. The harvest took place from September 20 to October 25.

Incredibly dense with a beautiful sensation of forbidden fruit in the nose and on the mouth. There is weight, balance, freshness and complexity, imparting perfectly ripe, dark red, pit fruits and minerality is what this beauty does best. The wine was produced from 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 18% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot, reaching 14% ABV with a pH of 3.75. The harvest took place from September 20 to October 25.

11,212 Views   Tasted
2015
94
The past few years have added a lot of complexity and richness to this wine. Now you find some development with nuances of tobacco leaf, cigar box, mint, plums, blackberries, and currants. On the palate, the wine is opulent, lush, round, and polished with a showy, attention-seeking character, finishing with creamy tannins, freshness, and layers of sweet, ripe, lush, Asian spiced fruits. Give it a few more years for additional secondary development and it will be even better! Drink from 2026-2055.

The past few years have added a lot of complexity and richness to this wine. Now you find some development with nuances of tobacco leaf, cigar box, mint, plums, blackberries, and currants. On the palate, the wine is opulent, lush, round, and polished with a showy, attention-seeking character, finishing with creamy tannins, freshness, and layers of sweet, ripe, lush, Asian spiced fruits. Give it a few more years for additional secondary development and it will be even better! Drink from 2026-2055.

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Starting to close in at the moment, you can still catch a glimpse of the bright, crisp red fruits before it goes to sleep. The wine has sweet fruits, ripe tannins and length, but perhaps it lacks some weight on the mid palate.

Starting to close in at the moment, you can still catch a glimpse of the bright, crisp red fruits before it goes to sleep. The wine has sweet fruits, ripe tannins and length, but perhaps it lacks some weight on the mid palate.

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Bright, fresh, crisp and classic with flavors that shift from cassis to cranberry, raspberry and back again, giving you a wine with a slightly strict and spicy profile. Produced from a blend of 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Merlot and 2% Petit Verdot, this wine reached 13.3% ABV with a pH of 3.75. The blend includes a surprisingly high 22% of press wine, which was added to bring more tannin and backbone to the wine. And then there were three. Keep your eye on Calon Segur. With their spare no sense attitude, they are striving to make it a three way contest as to which estate is making the best wine in the St. Estephe appellation today. 90 - 92 Pts

Bright, fresh, crisp and classic with flavors that shift from cassis to cranberry, raspberry and back again, giving you a wine with a slightly strict and spicy profile. Produced from a blend of 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Merlot and 2% Petit Verdot, this wine reached 13.3% ABV with a pH of 3.75. The blend includes a surprisingly high 22% of press wine, which was added to bring more tannin and backbone to the wine. And then there were three. Keep your eye on Calon Segur. With their spare no sense attitude, they are striving to make it a three way contest as to which estate is making the best wine in the St. Estephe appellation today. 90 - 92 Pts

10,149 Views   Tasted
2014
95
Full-bodied, rich, spicy, intense, long, and captivating, the wine grabs you with its spicy fruits, cedar, tobacco leaf, red plums, blackberry, and floral nuances. Still youthful, yet approachable due to its structure and softness in the tannins, you can enjoy this now, if you like more primary notes, or age it as it is going to develop complexities over the years. The wine blends 67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot. Drink from 2025-2050.

Full-bodied, rich, spicy, intense, long, and captivating, the wine grabs you with its spicy fruits, cedar, tobacco leaf, red plums, blackberry, and floral nuances. Still youthful, yet approachable due to its structure and softness in the tannins, you can enjoy this now, if you like more primary notes, or age it as it is going to develop complexities over the years. The wine blends 67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot. Drink from 2025-2050.

6,372 Views   Tasted
Fans of the older, strict-style wine previously produced at this estate might be scratching their heads but I loved it! It is a rich, dense, fat and well-dressed grande dame of a wine with layers of sweet, ripe, juicy black fruits, supple, polished tannins and outstanding concentration. The plum-filled finish is long and clean, fresh, round and sweet. Produced from a blend of 66% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot, the wine reached 13.8% ABV with a pH of 3.70. Laurent Dufau has clearly upped the ante in the competition for the best wine in the appellation and the best is yet to come! 93-95 Pts

Fans of the older, strict-style wine previously produced at this estate might be scratching their heads but I loved it! It is a rich, dense, fat and well-dressed grande dame of a wine with layers of sweet, ripe, juicy black fruits, supple, polished tannins and outstanding concentration. The plum-filled finish is long and clean, fresh, round and sweet. Produced from a blend of 66% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot, the wine reached 13.8% ABV with a pH of 3.70. Laurent Dufau has clearly upped the ante in the competition for the best wine in the appellation and the best is yet to come! 93-95 Pts

8,611 Views   Tasted
2013
90
Fresh, crisp, red fruits thyme and tobacco in character. The wine is sharp, and fresh, with bright red, crisp, fruits and tobacco from start to finish.

Fresh, crisp, red fruits thyme and tobacco in character. The wine is sharp, and fresh, with bright red, crisp, fruits and tobacco from start to finish.

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The wine delivers, spice, black raspberry and forest leaf aromas with a crisp raspberry and cherry filled, medium bodied, clean, fresh finish. There is a true sense of polish to the tannins. Blending 92% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Merlot and 2% Petit Verdot, the wine reached 13.1% ABV. Thus, representing the lowest yields in years at 36 hectoliters per hectare. The Grand Vin was produced by only using 33% of the crop and is aging in 100% new, French oak. The new owners are quickly improving things at this venerable estate, starting with the 2013 vintage. 90-92 Pts

The wine delivers, spice, black raspberry and forest leaf aromas with a crisp raspberry and cherry filled, medium bodied, clean, fresh finish. There is a true sense of polish to the tannins. Blending 92% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Merlot and 2% Petit Verdot, the wine reached 13.1% ABV. Thus, representing the lowest yields in years at 36 hectoliters per hectare. The Grand Vin was produced by only using 33% of the crop and is aging in 100% new, French oak. The new owners are quickly improving things at this venerable estate, starting with the 2013 vintage. 90-92 Pts

3,490 Views   Tasted
2012
90
Cedar, tobacco, earth and truffle scents work well with the crisp, blackberry. Classic in style, there is a cranberry edge that shows with the firm tannins on the palate in the finish.

Cedar, tobacco, earth and truffle scents work well with the crisp, blackberry. Classic in style, there is a cranberry edge that shows with the firm tannins on the palate in the finish.

5,490 Views   Tasted
The first vintage under the new owners is ruby in color with coffee, blackberry, cassis, spice and earthy notes. It offers bright and fresh fruits with some dryness and tough, rustic tannins in the finish. 87-89 Pts

The first vintage under the new owners is ruby in color with coffee, blackberry, cassis, spice and earthy notes. It offers bright and fresh fruits with some dryness and tough, rustic tannins in the finish. 87-89 Pts

9,345 Views   Tasted
2011
89
Medium bodied, fresh, bright cherries and cassis, with a bright, red berry finish that will drink fine now, and should get a bit better with a few years of age.

Medium bodied, fresh, bright cherries and cassis, with a bright, red berry finish that will drink fine now, and should get a bit better with a few years of age.

5,544 Views   Tasted
From 78% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Petit Verdot, this powerful,classic, tannic, firm, bright, cassis, spice and blackberry filled wine demands a lot of time in the cellar. The wine will be aged in 100% new oak and reached 13.3% ABV. 90-92 Pts

From 78% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Petit Verdot, this powerful,classic, tannic, firm, bright, cassis, spice and blackberry filled wine demands a lot of time in the cellar. The wine will be aged in 100% new oak and reached 13.3% ABV. 90-92 Pts

10,677 Views   Tasted
2010
93
Blending 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot and 2% Petit Verdot produced a tannic, rich, powerful wine that expresses earth, forest floor, tobacco, blackberry, cassis and spice. Fresh, tannic and balanced, give this 10-15 years to soften, open and develop.

Blending 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot and 2% Petit Verdot produced a tannic, rich, powerful wine that expresses earth, forest floor, tobacco, blackberry, cassis and spice. Fresh, tannic and balanced, give this 10-15 years to soften, open and develop.

15,676 Views   Tasted
2009
92
Secondary notes of wet earth, tobacco, truffle, spice are just now coming to the surface. A bit firm for the vintage, with some leafy, herbal nuances accompanying the Cabernet Sauvignon, the wine is still young. Give it another decade in the cellar.

Secondary notes of wet earth, tobacco, truffle, spice are just now coming to the surface. A bit firm for the vintage, with some leafy, herbal nuances accompanying the Cabernet Sauvignon, the wine is still young. Give it another decade in the cellar.

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Just a few years has added more depth and softness to the wine. The rich, supple textures that are often the signature of the vintage are peeking through. The fruits are ripe, the tannins are polished and the nose is already adding a bit of secondary nuance. Give this until it hits between 12-15 years of age, and it should be even better than expected.

Just a few years has added more depth and softness to the wine. The rich, supple textures that are often the signature of the vintage are peeking through. The fruits are ripe, the tannins are polished and the nose is already adding a bit of secondary nuance. Give this until it hits between 12-15 years of age, and it should be even better than expected.

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From a blend of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot and 3% Petit Verdot, the wine is big, broad and tannic. Clearly, there is a lot of fruit and density, but unlike many wines from the vintage, the wine is tight and hard to read in its youth. With effort, you get a sense of its deep coffee, blackberry, earth and spicy black cherry core. However, it's best to let this rest for at least a decade before popping a cork. I love this vintage for St. Estephe. My guess is, when the opens, it will score higher as many of the wines from the appellation are stunning in 2009.

From a blend of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot and 3% Petit Verdot, the wine is big, broad and tannic. Clearly, there is a lot of fruit and density, but unlike many wines from the vintage, the wine is tight and hard to read in its youth. With effort, you get a sense of its deep coffee, blackberry, earth and spicy black cherry core. However, it's best to let this rest for at least a decade before popping a cork. I love this vintage for St. Estephe. My guess is, when the opens, it will score higher as many of the wines from the appellation are stunning in 2009.

10,085 Views   Tasted
2008
90
Even though it is young, you can already sense the tobacco, cedar and wet forest secondary character. The wine is firm, austere and a bit stoic. This has concentration of flavor, as well as a wealth of tannin that needs perhaps 12-15 more years to soften before this is fun to drink.

Even though it is young, you can already sense the tobacco, cedar and wet forest secondary character. The wine is firm, austere and a bit stoic. This has concentration of flavor, as well as a wealth of tannin that needs perhaps 12-15 more years to soften before this is fun to drink.

6,974 Views   Tasted
Medium/full bodied with a spicy, peppery, cedar, cassis and tobacco character. Classic in nature, the finish is quite bright and fresh. This needs at least another decade in the cellar.

Medium/full bodied with a spicy, peppery, cedar, cassis and tobacco character. Classic in nature, the finish is quite bright and fresh. This needs at least another decade in the cellar.

8,748 Views   Tasted
Far too young to be popping a cork on this wine, but there are times when you need to open a wine in the name of science, and this was one of those times. Paired with a rare, grilled Flannery steak, which helped ameliorate the wall of tannins, with a few hours of air, the aromas of dark red fruits, tobacco, Asian spice and minerals emerged. Full bodied, big and powerful, this tannic wine demands at least a decade, and probably more time in the cellar before it softens and hits its sweet spot. The wine was made from a blend of 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Merlot and 2% Petit Verdot.

Far too young to be popping a cork on this wine, but there are times when you need to open a wine in the name of science, and this was one of those times. Paired with a rare, grilled Flannery steak, which helped ameliorate the wall of tannins, with a few hours of air, the aromas of dark red fruits, tobacco, Asian spice and minerals emerged. Full bodied, big and powerful, this tannic wine demands at least a decade, and probably more time in the cellar before it softens and hits its sweet spot. The wine was made from a blend of 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Merlot and 2% Petit Verdot.

5,673 Views   Tasted
2007
86
Austere, rustic and lean, the medium-bodied wine is on the bright red, cranberry side of the style range with strong green accents. I suppose lovers of old-school classics will like this more than I did.

Austere, rustic and lean, the medium-bodied wine is on the bright red, cranberry side of the style range with strong green accents. I suppose lovers of old-school classics will like this more than I did.

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2006
90
Tobacco,, cigar box, cassis and tobacco notes create the nose. On the attack, the wine is equally young and strict, with a tannic personality. This requires real patience, so give it at least another decade in the cellar.

Tobacco,, cigar box, cassis and tobacco notes create the nose. On the attack, the wine is equally young and strict, with a tannic personality. This requires real patience, so give it at least another decade in the cellar.

5,521 Views   Tasted
2005
91
Mushroom, truffle, cedar wood, forest floor and spicy cassis are found in the nose. Full bodied, fresh, crisp and tannic, with a stern, masculine edge to its character, the wine demands at least another decade before it is fun to drink. The wine was produced from a blend of 43% Merlot, 43% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot.

Mushroom, truffle, cedar wood, forest floor and spicy cassis are found in the nose. Full bodied, fresh, crisp and tannic, with a stern, masculine edge to its character, the wine demands at least another decade before it is fun to drink. The wine was produced from a blend of 43% Merlot, 43% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot.

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Tannic, powerful, dense, tight and structured to age, this needs another decade or two before the wine softens and comes together. With its cassis, spice, earth, blackberry, plum and tobacco character, the wine, produced from a blend of 60% Caberent Sauvignon and 40% Merlot has a lot of potential to improve, if you have the time and patience for long term cellaring.

Tannic, powerful, dense, tight and structured to age, this needs another decade or two before the wine softens and comes together. With its cassis, spice, earth, blackberry, plum and tobacco character, the wine, produced from a blend of 60% Caberent Sauvignon and 40% Merlot has a lot of potential to improve, if you have the time and patience for long term cellaring.

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2004
89
Herbal, leaf and cassis and earth aromas, medium bodied, dark red fruits and a dash of bell pepper with some dryness in the finish of this classic styled wine.

Herbal, leaf and cassis and earth aromas, medium bodied, dark red fruits and a dash of bell pepper with some dryness in the finish of this classic styled wine.

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Tannic, tough, meaty and masculine, with some, dry, green notes in the cassis and cranberry personality. This will need at least another decade in the bottle, if not more time, before this old school styled wine comes around.

Tannic, tough, meaty and masculine, with some, dry, green notes in the cassis and cranberry personality. This will need at least another decade in the bottle, if not more time, before this old school styled wine comes around.

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2003
93
This continues aging and developing in a positive direction, the wine offers its sweet, ripe, spicy, earthy blackberry, tobacco, cigar box and cedar qualities with ease. Full bodied, with round tannins and an expressive finish, time in the cellar will allow this to continue adding more softness and complexities.

This continues aging and developing in a positive direction, the wine offers its sweet, ripe, spicy, earthy blackberry, tobacco, cigar box and cedar qualities with ease. Full bodied, with round tannins and an expressive finish, time in the cellar will allow this to continue adding more softness and complexities.

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Like most 2003 from the St. Estephe appellation, this has developed nicely. The tannins have a nice polished feeling to them that coupled with the earthy, tobacco, cassis and dark berry filled personality, it really delivers on the pleasure meter. This is one of the few vintages of Calon Segur that does not require decades of aging.

Like most 2003 from the St. Estephe appellation, this has developed nicely. The tannins have a nice polished feeling to them that coupled with the earthy, tobacco, cassis and dark berry filled personality, it really delivers on the pleasure meter. This is one of the few vintages of Calon Segur that does not require decades of aging.

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Another fabulous 2003 St. Estephe Bordeaux wine. From an assemblage of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot, the wine popped with fresh cassis, spice, earth, black raspberry and tobacco scents. Rich and opulent in texture, this felt like a Pomerol. This classy Bordeaux wine is still young. Give it at least another decade.

Another fabulous 2003 St. Estephe Bordeaux wine. From an assemblage of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot, the wine popped with fresh cassis, spice, earth, black raspberry and tobacco scents. Rich and opulent in texture, this felt like a Pomerol. This classy Bordeaux wine is still young. Give it at least another decade.

19,188 Views   Tasted
2002
89
Better on the nose, with its earthy, tobacco, cedar, forest floor and blackberry aromas than the palate, with its old school, rustic, crisp, tannic character. Produced from a blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon and 35% Merlot.

Better on the nose, with its earthy, tobacco, cedar, forest floor and blackberry aromas than the palate, with its old school, rustic, crisp, tannic character. Produced from a blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon and 35% Merlot.

6,501 Views   Tasted
2001
90
Spicy, red and black fruits, with an edge towards the red fruit side side of the style range, tobacco and earthy notes open to lighter, medium bodied, style of Calon Segur that will deliver pleasure earlier than most vintages from this estate.

Spicy, red and black fruits, with an edge towards the red fruit side side of the style range, tobacco and earthy notes open to lighter, medium bodied, style of Calon Segur that will deliver pleasure earlier than most vintages from this estate.

5,915 Views   Tasted
2000
91
Firm. bright, crisp, and a bit tart offering an earthy, red currant, cranberry, strawberry with plenty of tobacco, cedar, peppery herbs and spice. Years of cellaring has added a lot to this wine, but it is on the stern, old-school, crunchy, classic side of the style range, which some will love, and others will not. Another 5 years of age could help soften the wine.

Firm. bright, crisp, and a bit tart offering an earthy, red currant, cranberry, strawberry with plenty of tobacco, cedar, peppery herbs and spice. Years of cellaring has added a lot to this wine, but it is on the stern, old-school, crunchy, classic side of the style range, which some will love, and others will not. Another 5 years of age could help soften the wine.

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This showed a spice, mineral tobacco and earthy nose. But the pleasure stopped there. This full bodied wine was filled with mouth drying tannins along with its brawny, masculine, old school personality.

This showed a spice, mineral tobacco and earthy nose. But the pleasure stopped there. This full bodied wine was filled with mouth drying tannins along with its brawny, masculine, old school personality.

20,303 Views   Tasted
1996
90
Better on the nose, with its secondary tobacco, cedar, underbrush, herb, and bright red berry nose, than on the medium-bodied, firm, lean, tannic, crunchy, crisp palate.

Better on the nose, with its secondary tobacco, cedar, underbrush, herb, and bright red berry nose, than on the medium-bodied, firm, lean, tannic, crunchy, crisp palate.

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Notes of tobacco, spice box, cassis, cigar box and leaf, medium bodied, with a fresh, bright, crisp red and black fruit finish. This is developing at a faster pace than I thought, as Calon Segur usually takes decades to come around.

Notes of tobacco, spice box, cassis, cigar box and leaf, medium bodied, with a fresh, bright, crisp red and black fruit finish. This is developing at a faster pace than I thought, as Calon Segur usually takes decades to come around.

9,740 Views   Tasted
1995
91
1995 Calon Segur offered cassis, earth, spice and tobacco aromas. Full bodied, powerful and tannic in style. For a wine from a vintage that is slowly earning the sobriquet of a modern day version of 1975, the wine was already approachable. Still young, this robust, masculine style of St. Estephe will improve over the next several years.

1995 Calon Segur offered cassis, earth, spice and tobacco aromas. Full bodied, powerful and tannic in style. For a wine from a vintage that is slowly earning the sobriquet of a modern day version of 1975, the wine was already approachable. Still young, this robust, masculine style of St. Estephe will improve over the next several years.

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1990
91
While not at the level of its 2 rivals in the appellation, this is showing its stuff today. The spicy, earthy, tapenade, leaf, tobacco, cedar, blackberry and cassis nose is the better half here. There is a bright freshness to the dark red fruits, and the continued softening of its stern side that is settling in making this quite nice to drink today.

While not at the level of its 2 rivals in the appellation, this is showing its stuff today. The spicy, earthy, tapenade, leaf, tobacco, cedar, blackberry and cassis nose is the better half here. There is a bright freshness to the dark red fruits, and the continued softening of its stern side that is settling in making this quite nice to drink today.

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1989
88
Firm, with a stern edge, a bit of green in the tannins, and a crunchy red berry, peppery, herbal, cedar, and cigar-packed palate, this is a wine from a throwback from a different era that some tasters will like more than I did. Drink from 2022-2032.

Firm, with a stern edge, a bit of green in the tannins, and a crunchy red berry, peppery, herbal, cedar, and cigar-packed palate, this is a wine from a throwback from a different era that some tasters will like more than I did. Drink from 2022-2032.

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Definitely starting its slow fade, the wine is a solid example of rustic, old school Bordeaux wine. It has a rusticity to it, with bright red fruits, hints of cranberry, herbs, leaf, tobacco, cedar and green olives. The tannins are dry in the finish. The wine requires drinking.

Definitely starting its slow fade, the wine is a solid example of rustic, old school Bordeaux wine. It has a rusticity to it, with bright red fruits, hints of cranberry, herbs, leaf, tobacco, cedar and green olives. The tannins are dry in the finish. The wine requires drinking.

4,263 Views   Tasted
1986
88
Firm, crisp, meaty, chewy, old-school styled, classic Bordeaux with rustic tannins and cedar, tobacco, and leafy herbs that accents the crunchy red currants. Drink from 2022-2040.

Firm, crisp, meaty, chewy, old-school styled, classic Bordeaux with rustic tannins and cedar, tobacco, and leafy herbs that accents the crunchy red currants. Drink from 2022-2040.

2,487 Views   Tasted
1982
90
Firm, masculine, beefy and tannic, there is a rusticity to the tannins and textures, coupled with a definitive green olive and herbal edge to the wines character that will be more of a turn on those that prefer the days gone by styles of wine. I can like this to some degree, but there is never going to be love found in this wine.

Firm, masculine, beefy and tannic, there is a rusticity to the tannins and textures, coupled with a definitive green olive and herbal edge to the wines character that will be more of a turn on those that prefer the days gone by styles of wine. I can like this to some degree, but there is never going to be love found in this wine.

6,301 Views   Tasted
On the rustic side of the style range. Better on the nose, with its tobacco, cedar chest, gravel and spicy cassis scents, than the palate with its chewy, firm, tannic personality. At 30 years pf age, perhaps this is a look back at how Bordeaux used to be made. It's not a bad wine, it's more a matter of stylistic preference. On the the other hand, if this is your style of wine, it's good for at least another 30 years.

On the rustic side of the style range. Better on the nose, with its tobacco, cedar chest, gravel and spicy cassis scents, than the palate with its chewy, firm, tannic personality. At 30 years pf age, perhaps this is a look back at how Bordeaux used to be made. It's not a bad wine, it's more a matter of stylistic preference. On the the other hand, if this is your style of wine, it's good for at least another 30 years.

6,608 Views   Tasted
When a wine approaches it's 30th birthday, it's an anomaly when it's still young and tannic. Mr. Taster, meet 1982 Calon Segur. Earth, barnyard, tobacco, cassis, spice and cranberry offer a good perfume, along with a semi rustic, masculine personality. But the wine is still tannic and demands at least another 5-10 years before it comes together. I pity the taster buying this as a future. That's a long time to wait.

When a wine approaches it's 30th birthday, it's an anomaly when it's still young and tannic. Mr. Taster, meet 1982 Calon Segur. Earth, barnyard, tobacco, cassis, spice and cranberry offer a good perfume, along with a semi rustic, masculine personality. But the wine is still tannic and demands at least another 5-10 years before it comes together. I pity the taster buying this as a future. That's a long time to wait.

9,387 Views   Tasted
1970
87
Meaty, rustic, firm, and loaded with tobacco, herbs, cigar wrappers, and crisp, red fruits, with a strong dose of mint, this classic-styled, old-school wine is a blast from the past. Drink from 2023-2030.

Meaty, rustic, firm, and loaded with tobacco, herbs, cigar wrappers, and crisp, red fruits, with a strong dose of mint, this classic-styled, old-school wine is a blast from the past. Drink from 2023-2030.

1,764 Views   Tasted
Earth, tobacco, cranberry, spice and perhaps a hint of VA. The wine felt hard and austere on the palate. Drink up.

Earth, tobacco, cranberry, spice and perhaps a hint of VA. The wine felt hard and austere on the palate. Drink up.

4,417 Views   Tasted
1961
92
Loads of great, old-school charm here. The bright red fruits have lift, definition and a crisp, peppered edge. The wine is complicated with nuances of lead pencil, forest floor, cigar box, tobacco, ash and green leafy aromas. The finish lingers with its sweet, ripe, red fruits. Well-stored bottles are worth seeking out.

Loads of great, old-school charm here. The bright red fruits have lift, definition and a crisp, peppered edge. The wine is complicated with nuances of lead pencil, forest floor, cigar box, tobacco, ash and green leafy aromas. The finish lingers with its sweet, ripe, red fruits. Well-stored bottles are worth seeking out.

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1959
94
With the patina of age in the texture, coupled with cedar, lead pencil, leather, leafy herbs, tobacco, iron, and crisp red currants, this rosehip tea-colored wine is a sublime treat that does not warrant future cellaring. Pop, pour, and enjoy this classic gem at full maturity. Drink from 2022-2029.

With the patina of age in the texture, coupled with cedar, lead pencil, leather, leafy herbs, tobacco, iron, and crisp red currants, this rosehip tea-colored wine is a sublime treat that does not warrant future cellaring. Pop, pour, and enjoy this classic gem at full maturity. Drink from 2022-2029.

2,486 Views   Tasted
1955
89
Firm, stoic and a bit stern, especially for the vintage, the wine was more interesting on the spicy, cassis, tobacco, cedar and cigar box nose, than on the rustic palate. Perhaps it was just this bottle, as with wines at 60 years of age, anything can happen.

Firm, stoic and a bit stern, especially for the vintage, the wine was more interesting on the spicy, cassis, tobacco, cedar and cigar box nose, than on the rustic palate. Perhaps it was just this bottle, as with wines at 60 years of age, anything can happen.

4,641 Views   Tasted
1953
97
From a magnum, this stunner exploded from the glass the moment it was poured as you would expect for a wine that had been cooped up for 67 years! Here, you find all the cedar chest, forest floor, tobacco leaf, herbs, cigar wrapper, spice and bright red fruit you could hope for. Still concentrated, a bit rustic, and also full, deep and regal, every sniff and sip was just great.

From a magnum, this stunner exploded from the glass the moment it was poured as you would expect for a wine that had been cooped up for 67 years! Here, you find all the cedar chest, forest floor, tobacco leaf, herbs, cigar wrapper, spice and bright red fruit you could hope for. Still concentrated, a bit rustic, and also full, deep and regal, every sniff and sip was just great.

2,631 Views   Tasted
Truffle, smoke, Asian spice, Cuban cigar, earth, cassis, cherry and stone scents are easy to spot. In the mouth, the wine is soft, elegant, and almost exotic. Slightly past fully mature years ago, I imagine this was sublime about a decade ago. Calon Segur is not a wine I have been fond of over the years. After tasting two fully mature examples this year, the 1949 and now the 1953, I need to rethink my opinion on the wine.

Truffle, smoke, Asian spice, Cuban cigar, earth, cassis, cherry and stone scents are easy to spot. In the mouth, the wine is soft, elegant, and almost exotic. Slightly past fully mature years ago, I imagine this was sublime about a decade ago. Calon Segur is not a wine I have been fond of over the years. After tasting two fully mature examples this year, the 1949 and now the 1953, I need to rethink my opinion on the wine.

6,793 Views   Tasted
1949
95
Majestic accurately describes the soaring aromatics chocked full of tobacco, truffle, Asian spice, cigar box, ash, earth, cherry and stone. Refined, soft, round and generous, with a fresh, spicy, pure cherry finish, this was treat. Perhaps the reason I have not followed Calon Segur is, I've never tasted a properly aged example. That situation has now been rectified!

Majestic accurately describes the soaring aromatics chocked full of tobacco, truffle, Asian spice, cigar box, ash, earth, cherry and stone. Refined, soft, round and generous, with a fresh, spicy, pure cherry finish, this was treat. Perhaps the reason I have not followed Calon Segur is, I've never tasted a properly aged example. That situation has now been rectified!

5,396 Views   Tasted
1934
88
It is not often a wine is better on the palate than the nose. But due to a marked VA note, that's what took place here. Opened to celebrate my fathers birthday, once past the nose, the wine was still delivering an earthy, tobacco, forest, herbal, leaf and full-bodied, cherry note on the palate. I was surprised by how much volume and depth remained for a wine that's close to 85 years of age.

It is not often a wine is better on the palate than the nose. But due to a marked VA note, that's what took place here. Opened to celebrate my fathers birthday, once past the nose, the wine was still delivering an earthy, tobacco, forest, herbal, leaf and full-bodied, cherry note on the palate. I was surprised by how much volume and depth remained for a wine that's close to 85 years of age.

2,590 Views   Tasted
1929
91
From a bottle that was recorked and based on the color and relative youth, topped off with some younger vintage, there was a lot to enjoy here, with its cigar, spice, leaf and peppery, bright, red, cassis, cherry and strawberry notes. The texture combined sterness with a round character, finishing with spicy, red fruits.

From a bottle that was recorked and based on the color and relative youth, topped off with some younger vintage, there was a lot to enjoy here, with its cigar, spice, leaf and peppery, bright, red, cassis, cherry and strawberry notes. The texture combined sterness with a round character, finishing with spicy, red fruits.

2,239 Views   Tasted