|Grapes||Cab Sauv, Merlot, Cab Franc|
Sweeter and more accessible than the Capbern, a simple slightly jammy sweetness to start, but the texture still clarety, pure elegant. There is proportionately less Merlot than usual , as the Cabernet Franc is mostly in this second wine, making up over 10% of it. The rest is 33% Cabernet Sauvignon and 57% Merlot. Rating: 89-90 L&S (Apr 2016)
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In a tricky vintage in St Estèphe, Vincent Millet has made some impressive wines. This second label, sourced from younger vines, has classic Calon tannins, balanced by sappy freshness and acidity. Pretty serious and structured for a lesser wine. Drinking range: 2020 - 2028 Rating: 92 Tim Atkin MW, www.timatkin.com (May 2016)
The second wine of Calon-Ségur. The blend is 57% Merlot, 33% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Cabernet Franc. This takes 55% of the crop this year, leaving 5% to be sold to the négoce. Quite a cool and gravelly nose, quite a contrast to the voluptuous style offered by Merlot-dominated right-bank wines. I get more of that dried blackcurrant, curranty note. A surprisingly cool and tense character on the palate, a very elegant poise, with a gentle midpalate texture that builds, with considerably ripe tannins beneath. Cool, albeit with a ripe structure, medium-grained, with a rather lean substance for the structure, the tannins fairly prominent in the middle. Clean, lightly juicy, with a short finish. Rating: 14.5-15.5/20 Chris Kissack, www.thewinedoctor.com (Apr 2016)
Fine, St-Estèphe nose. Some richness, certainly full ripeness. Classic, very satisfying, well-balanced stuff. GV Drinking range: 2020 - 2030 Rating: 16.5+ Jancis Robinson OBE MW - www.JancisRobinson.com (Apr 2016)
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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