CHÂTEAU CALON SÉGUR
2001 3ème Cru Classé Saint Estèphe
|Grapes||Merlot, Cab Sauv, Cab Franc|
|Classification||3ème Cru Classé|
35% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc, 50% Cabernet Sauvignon. Super deep rich ruby colour. The attack is in perfect balance, fruit ripe but not overripe, pure and full. And fruit is what one tastes, despite 50% new wood, and 25% malo-lactic in barrel. Tannins are there, and are firm, but not out of proportion to the fruit and volume of the wine. Very good. I like this lots. The Merlots were picked before the rain (in just four days, starting 25th September) and nearly all this wound up in the Grand Vin. L&S (Mar 2005)
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The nose is still very tight but behind the firmness there are attractive black fruits in evidence. The start of the palate is firm with tough structured tannins rather holding back the fruit but towards the back the weight of flavour shows with lots of cassis and black cherry. 2012-22 Rating: 91 Derek Smedley MW, www.dereksmedleymw.co.uk(Dec 2013)
I suspect this 2001 will shut down (as most young Calon-Segurs do), although it appears more forward and evolved than the huge, backward, but totally dormant 2000. The plum/ruby-colored 2001 reveals aromas of damp earth, cranberries, cherries, herbs, and forest floor. While lighter than its older sibling, it is medium-bodied, elegant, and should emerge from its post-bottling sleep in 4-5 years, and drink well for 14-15. Think of it as a lighter-weight 1988 (one of the stars of the vintage). 2008-2019 Rating: 90 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, www.RobertParker.com(Apr 2008)
Château Calon Ségur
St Estèphe Troisième cru 1855 Château Calon Ségur is the northernmost Grand Cru estate classified in 1855, sitting just north of the village of St Estèphe. It was once part, as the name suggests, of the vast holdings of the Ségur family, owners amongst others of Lafite and Latour. In the 18th Century, Nicolas-Alexandre Ségur is said to have remarked "I make my wine at Lafite and Latour but my heart is in Calon", and the label bears his heart to this day. In the early years of the 19th Century, the then owner Etienne Dumoulin became interested in an underdeveloped part of the estate, which was cleared and planted with vines. Such was the quality that the rump of Calon-Ségur was sold off, and Etienne's new estate went on to become Château Montrose. Calon-Ségur came into the hands of the Gasqueton family in 1894, and it is still owned by the family. A solid performer, especially recently, the Grand Vin is made with a relatively high proportion of Cabernet Sauvignon (as high as 90% in some vintages). The vineyards are 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc and the wines spend 18 months in wood. The second wine is Marquis de Calon.
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