2018 Château Calon-Ségur, Cru Classé St-Estèphe

Deep, inky and brooding. Intense and powerful, amazing richness and notes of dark cherry, cassis, crushed rocks and herbs. So much salinity and poise, despite its massive mouthfeel. A tour de force: a brilliant St Estephe.

Limited to 6 bottles per customer

Critic score
97/100

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WINE DETAILS

  • Region & country
    Saint-Estèphe, Médoc, Bordeaux, France
  • Grape
    65% Cabernet Sauvignon
    17% Merlot
    15% Cabernet Franc
    3% Petit Verdot
  • Maturity
    Young 2026 - 2045
  • Colour
    Red
  • Sweetness
    Dry
  • Style
    Still
  • Unit Volume
    Bottle (75cl.)
  • ABV
    15%
2018 Château Calon-Ségur, Cru Classé St-Estèphe

TASTING NOTES

The 2018 Calon-Ségur is blended of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot (14.9% alcohol). It is anticipated to age for 20 months in barriques, 100% new. Deep garnet-purple colored, it needs just a little coaxing before it reveals seductive notes of baked cherries, warm cassis, licorice and smoked meats with nuances of hoisin, camphor, Chinese five spice and dried roses with a waft of cardamom. Full-bodied and completely packed with concentrated black fruit and spice layers, it has a firm frame of grainy tannins and a wicked backbone of freshness giving an energetic lift to the very long finish. There's lots of brightness coming from the Cabernet Franc component in here, but it is nonetheless a decadent expression.

Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (April 2019)
(96—98)/100

An impressive, concentrated and powerful Calon that will win many admirers without a doubt, but I would be a little hesitant if you're a fan of the more classic balance found in the 2016. It has gorgeous chocolate and rich coffee notes, with complex exotic spices and even salted caramel on the finish, along with a lovely mouthwatering quality helped by a relatively low pH of 3.75 and a good yield of 41hl/ha. This will need long ageing, probably 20 months. I tasted it on several occasions and there are no arguments that it's a stunning wine but I would probably favour the 2016 if looking to cellar something, because it's more in character for what is one of my favourite properties in the appellation. 3% Petit Verdot completes the blend. 100% new oak.

Jane Anson, Decanter (April 2019)
(96)/100

The quality of the tannins is most notable here; they are present, but totally integrated and folded into the wine. Medium-to full-bodied with lovely savory fruit and a persistent and long finish. Very harmonious and fine. Yet, with air, it takes off with tannin power.

James Suckling, jamessuckling.com (April 2019)
(97—98)/100

A stratospheric, regal wine, Calon Ségur embodies all the best qualities of the vintage. Rich to the point of being exotically ripe, 2018 reminds me of the 2014 in its composition, but with more of everything. On the palate, the 2018 is towering and statuesque, with soaring structure and tremendous overall intensity. Striking aromatic top notes and bright saline underpinnings give the 2018 its energy, tension and nuance. As in 2014, the entirety of the château's Cabernet Franc went into the Grand Vin. Inky, powerful and explosive, Calon Ségur is a headspinning wine. Don't miss it!

Antonio Galloni, vinous.com (April 2019)
(96—99)/100
Château Calon-Ségur

Calon-Ségur is the most northerly classed growth in St-Estèphe. Vine growing began here in the 12th century, but it didn’t acquire its name until the 18th century. The Marquis de Ségur, owner of Lafite, Latour and Margaux at the time, added his name to the estate along with the word ‘Calon’ - the boats which transported timber down the Gironde. He is famous for reputedly proclaiming, “I make wine at Lafite and Latour but my heart is at Calon-Ségur,” and the famous heart was added to the label at the beginning of the 20th century. Calon-Ségur is notable for its single, 75-hectare vineyard which is surrounded by an unbroken, 1,200m long, thick stone wall. The vineyards' easy-draining clay and gravel soils contain an unusually high proportion of Cabernet Sauvignon and some years can see up to 90% Cabernet used in the Grand Vin. The second wine, Marquis de Calon, is predominantly Merlot based and the estate also grows small amounts of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot.

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