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CHÂTEAU CALON SÉGUR

2013 3ème Cru Classé Saint Estèphe

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

92% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Merlot, 2% Petit Verdot. The style of the Capbern Gasqueton is here too, with focus, clarity and definition, but this is more sophisticated and richer, with a touch of real savoury, and even a bit of spice. Very fine liquid silk feel on palate, just edged with a tiny tannic astringency. Blackcurrant and damson edged with sloe. And length! Vincent Millet says the floral spiciness of the Cabernet comes from their clay soils. Rating: 91-92 L&S (Apr 2014)

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The 2013 Calon Segur is unquestionably one of the stars of the vintage. The harvest ran from early October for the Merlot grape and to the second full week of October for the Cabernet Sauvignon. I don’t recall (although I’d have to go through all my notes for the last 3-4 years) a Calon Segur with this high a percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon, as Merlot has always been a prominent player in the final blend. It is opaque purple in color with a glorious nose of incense, creme de cassis, licorice and a touch of graphite. The wine is full-bodied, opulent, fleshy and surprisingly deep and dense, especially for a wine from this vintage. It is almost atypically thick and rich for a 2013. Nevertheless, the tannins are soft and the wine should be relatively approachable after 2-3 years bottle age. This is a property on the move, upward. Smart and shrewd readers will take a look at this vintage, as well as future vintages of Calon Segur, a terroir with true first-growth potential. Calon Segur was purchased from the Gasqueton family by Suravenir, a large French insurance company. It is no secret that this is one of the greatest vineyards in Bordeaux, if not the world, and while the wines have always been impressive, there has always been considerable room for improvement. 2013 may mark an historic transition from a consistently excellent-to-outstanding wine, to one that is poised to be another potential first-growth of the Medoc. The yields were 36 hectoliters per hectare producing a final blend of 92 % Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Merlot and 2% Petit Verdot with an impressive natural alcohol level of 13.1%. Rating: 92-94 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, www.RobertParker.com(Aug 2014)

(92% cabernet sauvignon and cabernet franc, 6% merlot and 2% petit verdot): Good full ruby. Bright raspberry, blackberry, minerals, espresso and a whiff of violet on the nose. Fine-grained and fresh in the mouth, with a floral quality adding lift to the dark fruit, flint and cocoa flavors. I had this wine on two different occasions with vastly different results: one sample was dense and horizontal, with very attractive floral fruit, while the other was thin and vegetal. As the former description is more in sync with what Calon Segur usually comes up, I'll give that description here. The combined 92% for the cabernets refers to the fact that Vincent Millet, Calon Segur's very talented winemaker and technical director, said he can't be sure just how much franc there is planted among the cabernets as the old vines were often haphazardly co-planted. Rating: 88-91 Ian d'Agata - Stephen Tanzer website(May 2014)

Fragrant and floral the nose has lots of violets and the start of the palate is bright and fresh fruited. Cassis and black cherry give a richer feel in the middle but the back palate has the firmness of black cherry structured and slightly tight. 2019-28 Rating: 89-92 Derek Smedley MW, www.dereksmedleymw.co.uk(May 2014)

The swanky new cellar at Calon doesn’t seem to have affected the quality of the wine, thank goodness, because this remains the most graceful and nuanced of St Estèphes. It’s comparatively light, with chiselled acidity, filigree tannins and gentle red fruits sweetness. 2018-28 Rating: 94 Tim Atkin MW, www.timatkin.com(May 2014)

(92 Cabernet Sauvignon, 6 Merlot, 2 Petit Verdot) Nice power, discreet, reserved and tender, too. The oak has been completely absorbed by the wine and the result is a very elegant, pristine Cabernet. It is reminiscent of an old-fashioned Calon but with the brightest, slimmest Cabernet fruit imaginable. There is a crisp, tangy finish but no dry tannins and the fruit theme is plum-soaked and not too dark. Production is down 20% and the selection to make a wine of this calibre was very severe. Apparently the price will be ‘decreased to show goodwill’ – let’s see how far! Rating: 17.5+ Matthew Jukes www.matthewjukes.com(Apr 2014)

Wonderful expression of Cabernet Sauvignon (92%), cassis, slightly smoky, all elegance from St-Estèphe, a finely polished wine. Drink: 2018-2030. Rating: 17.75 Steven Spurrier(Apr 2014)

This has freshness and cut, with lively bay and savory notes leading the way for a mix of red and black currant fruit. Iron-tinged minerality lines the finish, featuring judicious, integrated toast. A very solid effort. Rating: 89–92 James Molesworth, The Wine Spectator(Apr 2014)

This is fresh and spicy with currant and berry character. Medium to full body with hazelnut, currant and hints of cloves. Rating: 89-90 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com(Apr 2014)

The Calon Segur 2013 is a blend of 92% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Merlot and 2% Petit Verdot delivering 13.1% alcohol raised for 20 months (eventually) entirely new oak. There was a little chaptalization with respect to the Cabernet Sauvignon. It actually included 19% vin de presse, which was included in this sample. The wood comes through quite strongly on the aromatics at first and at the moment it seems to dominate the fruit. The palate is medium-bodied with tobacco infused black fruit. This is balanced with well-judged acidity, a little softer towards the finish than previous recent vintages. It is a pleasant Calon-Segur but it needs to develop more personality, but it is a successful wine considering the growing season. Rating: 89-91 Neal Martin, www.robertparker.com(Apr 2014)

The 2013 Calon Ségur is refined and polished to the core. Sweet tobacco, graphite, crushed rocks and dark fruit all meld together in the glass. A wine of notable grace and elegance, the 2013 is all about finesse. A pure crystalline finish rounds things out in style. This is a promising showing. Rating: 90-92+ Antonio Galloni, www.vinous.com(Apr 2014)

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