2007 3ème Cru Classé Saint Estèphe

Colour Red
Origin France, Bordeaux
Sub-district Haut Médoc
Village Saint Estèphe
Classification 3ème Cru Classé
ABV 13%

75% Cabernet Sauvignon. Good deep colour, spiced red and black fruit on the nose. Pure and mid-weight, an oakiness evident (100% new wood) which is very different to the high-toast flashiness on Cos, but just as attractive - a tight-grained firmness. Raspberry and damson interweave on the palate, great succulent purity to the fruit, very fine-grained tannins. A lovely aromatic fatness to the finish which is very long. 'it is all down to the great Cabernets' said Mme de Gasqueton, in the blending 'the aromatic majesty of the Cabernets was ruined by the Merlots, so not much went into the Grand Vin, although the Merlots in themselves were not bad and will make a very fine Marquis de Calon'. Rating: 91-92 L&S (Apr 2008)

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Medium red-ruby. Redcurrant, smoke, pepper and tobacco leaf on the nose, with a hint of floral lift and a rustic leathery nuance. Quite dry, even austere, in the middle, with peppery acidity currently keeping the red fruit and smoke flavors under wraps. The slightly dry finish features a green edge. Seems distinctly clenched today; will this wine blossom with bottle aging? Rating: 87 Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (Jul 2010)

(a 76/24 blend of cabernet sauvignon and merlot) Good bright, deep ruby-red. Complex aromas of blackcurrant, chocolate, smoke, leather and flowers. Sweet, lush and ripe, with a rather soft texture to the flavors of chocolate, mocha, brown spices, menthol and black olive. In spite of its noteworthy breadth, this conveys a rather high-pH mouth feel and good rather than outstanding intensity. Finishes with good length and rather soft tannins. Rating: 87-89 Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (May 2008)

Rating: 86-88 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, (May 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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