2011 3ème Cru Classé Saint Estèphe

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

78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 2% Petit Verdot. Like the Capbern Gasqueton much of the Merlot was left out to keep the stylistic finesse. Calon has been better and better in recent vintages, and the thanks must go to Vincent Millet who seems to have a very tight grip on what goes on here. As he said, he knew before the harvest exactly which parcels would make the Grand Vin. Subtle nose, calmly and sweetly rounder than the Capbern. Rounder on the entry too, with good volume and a warmth of fruit which borders on opulence. Very fine texture throughout. Lovely balance of tannins and ripe, delicately-expressed fruit. Rating: 93 L&S (Apr 2012)

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