CHÂTEAU CALON SÉGUR
2012 3ème Cru Classé Saint Estèphe
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&8% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 2% Petit Verdot. 13.5%. Harvested starting 1st October as opposed to 3rd September in 2011. Fantastic black fruit depth, mineral, salty, gourmand and appetising. No shortage of guts but has a sweet appeal too - very pure. Rating: 92 L&S (May 2013)
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The 2012 Calon Ségur, has an opaque ruby/purple color, very sweet black raspberry, black cherry and currant fruit, underlying forest floor notes, wonderfully sweet tannin, surprising up-front opulence and beautiful purity, texture and length. This is an outstanding effort and a strong wine in 2012. Drink it over the next 20 years, as the acidity is quite low and the wine already approachable. Drinking range: 2015 - 2035 Rating: 91 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, www.RobertParker.com (Apr 2015)
The nose is deep and brooding with lots of concentrated black fruits. The start of the palate is quite closed but it opens up with a chocolate and liquorice richness in the middle. Although the finish is a bit tight there is a lot more fruit to show. 2018-35 Rating: 90-94 Derek Smedley MW, www.dereksmedleymw.co.uk (Dec 2013)
The Grand Vin was picked between 1st and 16th October, the Cabernet from the 9th October, the fruit sorted by hand as it enters the winery rather than an optical sorting machine. It has a very fragrant bouquet, very pure with dark cherries and raspberry preserve, like a toned down version of the 2009. The palate is medium-bodied with crisp, chalky tannins. There is plenty of bright red fruit, fine focus and a very composed, quite suave finish that is presently driven by the 100% new oak. This is a great little wine from Calon Segur that should have plenty of class and sophistication once in bottle Rating: 90-92 Neal Martin, www.vinous.com (May 2013)
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