2008 3ème Cru Classé Saint Estèphe

Colour Red
Origin France, Bordeaux
District Left Bank
Sub-district Haut Médoc
Village Saint Estèphe
Classification 3ème Cru Classé
ABV 13.5%

80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Merlot, 2% Petit Verdot. 13.5% Alc. from 40hl/ha. Deep ruby to purple, tightly textured. Rich and aromatic blackberry fruit, very precise and dry and cool, at the limit of sweetness. Really lovely grown-up claret. Rating: 92++ L&S (Apr 2009)

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There are a lot of powerful flavours on the nose firm but rich fruit. The palate starts with sweetness lots of ripe blackcurrant and a touch of dark chocolate and liquorice. It is still quite firm towards the back but the fruit feels ripe. 2016-30 Rating: 92 Derek Smedley MW, (Dec 2013)

Tasted ex-chateau and single blind in Southwold. This is a great Calon Segur from the late Mme Gasqueton, surpassing my appraisal in October 2010. The nose is delectable: very lifted perfume, well defined with crisp black fruit, cassis, tobacco and a touch of gravel. Very Saint Estephe. The palate is medium-bodied with an almost understated, very elegant entry that builds nicely towards a very well defined, classy finish. There is very high quality fruit and winemaking in evidence. Tasted January 2012. Drinking range: 2015 - 2030 Rating: 94 Neal Martin, (Mar 2012)

Very dark crimson. Savoury and quite complex. Dense and layered with some real integrity. Very St-Estèphe. 2018-2030 Rating: 17.5 Jancis Robinson OBE MW - (Feb 2012)

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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