CHÂTEAU CALON SÉGUR
2006 3ème Cru Classé Saint Estèphe
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33% Merlot, 64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Petit Verdot. Nose of warm ripe berry fruit. On palate pure ripe rasberries and a silky suave feel. Taut acidity. Good juicy style - relatively simply and attractively balanced and long. Rating: 91 L&S (Apr 2007)
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(64% cabernet sauvignon, 33% merlot and 3% petit verdot) Red-ruby. Perfumed, highly complex nose offers black cherry, currant, iron, mocha, smoked meat, flowers and a whiff of bonfire. Rich, sweet and densely packed, with lovely delineation and inner-mouth aromatic character. The cool August shows in the wine's slight medicinal austerity, but this is juicy, pure and vibrant, and the tannins are quite fine. May not show the grip or length of a great year but this is an outperformer for this appellation in 2006. The estate did a gentle extraction, with a maceration limited to 18 days, in search of silky tannins, according to Madame Gasqueton. Rating: 89-92 Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar(May 2007)
A lovely wine with a solid core of fruit, silky tannins and chocolate, berry and light spice character. Long and balanced. Reminds me of the 1995. Rating: 92-94 James Suckling, The Wine Spectator(May 2007)
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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