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Château Calon-Ségur

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2018 Château Calon-Ségur  (St. Estèphe) 98

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 alcohol, 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% alcohol 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

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2017 Château Calon-Ségur  (St. Estèphe) 95

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% alcohol with a pH of 3.70. The harvest took place September 15 to September 29.

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2016 Château Calon-Ségur  (St. Estèphe) 97

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.

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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% alcohol with a pH of 3.75. The harvest took place from September 20 to October 25.

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2015 Château Calon-Ségur  (St. Estèphe) 91

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% alcohol 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

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2014 Château Calon-Ségur  (St. Estèphe) 94

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% alcohol 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

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2013 Château Calon-Ségur  (St. Estèphe) 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.

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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% alcohol. 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

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2012 Château Calon-Ségur  (St. Estèphe) 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.

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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

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2011 Château Calon-Ségur  (St. Estèphe) 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.

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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% alcohol. 90-92 Pts

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2010 Château Calon-Ségur  (St. Estèphe) 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.

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2009 Château Calon-Ségur  (St. Estèphe) 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.

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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.

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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.

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2008 Château Calon-Ségur  (St. Estèphe) 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.

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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.

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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.

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2006 Château Calon-Ségur  (St. Estèphe) 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.

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2005 Château Calon-Ségur  (St. Estèphe) 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.

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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.

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2004 Château Calon-Ségur  (St. Estèphe) 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.

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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.

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2003 Château Calon-Ségur  (St. Estèphe) 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.

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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.

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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.

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2002 Château Calon-Ségur  (St. Estèphe) 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.

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2001 Château Calon-Ségur  (St. Estèphe) 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.

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2000 Château Calon-Ségur  (St. Estèphe) 86

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.

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1996 Château Calon-Ségur  (St. Estèphe) 90

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.

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1995 Château Calon-Ségur  (St. Estèphe) 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.

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1990 Château Calon-Ségur  (St. Estèphe) 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.

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1989 Château Calon-Ségur  (St. Estèphe) 88

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.

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1982 Château Calon-Ségur  (St. Estèphe) 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.

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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.

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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.

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1970 Château Calon-Ségur  (St. Estèphe) 75

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

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1955 Château Calon-Ségur  (St. Estèphe) 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.

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1953 Château Calon-Ségur  (St. Estèphe) 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.

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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.

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1949 Château Calon-Ségur  (St. Estèphe) 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!

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1934 Château Calon-Ségur  (St. Estèphe) 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.

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1929 Château Calon-Ségur  (St. Estèphe) 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.

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