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CHÂTEAU CALON SÉGUR

2016 3ème Cru Classé Saint Estèphe

Grapes Cab Franc, Cab Sauv, Petit Verdot, Merlot
Colour Red
Origin France, Bordeaux
Sub-district Haut Médoc
Village Saint Estèphe
Classification 3ème Cru Classé

60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 18% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot. Yields were 43hl/ha, down from 47 in 2015. Tasted at the château next to the pristine new winery - just one part of an ambitious investment programme being undertaken at the estate. The nose really shows off Calon's beautiful Cabernet. There is a deep core of fresh, sweet, blackberry and cherry fruit framed with cedar and a streak of graphite. No wonder Vincent Millet is looking to increase the vineyard plantings to 70% by 2028. Cabernet really sings in this terroir and 2016 has provided a beautiful score. The palate delivers all the lovely concentrated sappy fruit you were promised on the nose but it isn't at all overdone. Somehow it tastes pristine and weightless. Besides the lively acidity and ripe tannins, there is something else dark and savory lurking in the background that keeps the fruit flowing on and on without losing precision, drive or freshness. It's astonishingly long and utterly beguiling. Rating: 94-96 L&S (Apr 2017)

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A monumental wine in the making, the 2016 Château Calon-Ségur is blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 18% Cabernet Franc, and 2% Petit Verdot that spent a full 20 months in all new French oak. It offers an incredibly powerful, concentrated, classic style in its crème de cassis, graphite, scorched earth, tobacco, and lead pencil aromas and flavors. These give way to an inky, full-bodied 2016 that has perfectly integrated acidity and tannins, subtle background oak, thrilling depth and purity of fruit, and a great, great finish. My money is on it being the greatest wine ever made at this address. Although it shines even today on its purity and balance, it needs 5-7 years of bottle age to hit prime time and will keep for three to four decades. Drinking range: 2024 - 2064 Rating: 97 Jeb Dunnuck, www.jebdunnuck.com(Feb 2019)

he 2016 Calon Segur is a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Cabernet Franc, 20% Merlot and 2% Petit Verdot cropped at 42 hectoliters per hectare between 29 September and 15 October (finishing with the Cabernets and the Petit Verdot). Notice that Cabernet Franc, which excelled not just here but around Saint Estèphe in this vintage, given that there was not a drop in the 2015. It has a very elegant bouquet, very pure with small macerated black cherries, blueberry, a hint of licorices and juniper berries, all effortlessly detailed and exuding what I term "controlled opulence." The palate is medium-bodied with a sense of symmetry on the entry, the acidity very well judged and the tannins far less rustic than the Calon-Ségurs of old. What I like about this Calon-Ségur is that it could not come from anywhere apart from Saint Estèphe: that structure, that obduracy counterbalanced by the opulence bestowed by the growing season. There is freshness locked in here from start to finish, with a subtle tang of seaweed and black pepper on the long aftertaste. For me this is a serious step up from the 2015, and the structure augurs a Calon-Ségur destined to last as long as those legendary wines from the 1920s and 1940s. Chapeau to winemaker Vincent Millet and estate director Laurent Dufau. This is easily the best Calon-Ségur that I have tasted from barrel. Drinking range: 2026 - 2060 Rating: 95-97 Neal Martin, www.vinous.com(Apr 2017)

60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Cabernet Franc, 20% Merlot, 2% Petit Verdot. Rich, deep, glowing purplish crimson. Pungent and really interesting and layered on the nose already. Creamy texture and massive energy. Lots of tannin but all beautifully balanced. This is seriously intriguing rather than just ticking boxes. Glows on the end. Old-vine influence – really gives layers and intrigue. Sweetness of tannin. But the freshness really lifts it. Drinking range: 2028 - 2055 Rating: 18.5 Jancis Robinson OBE MW - www.JancisRobinson.com(Apr 2017)

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