2019 Château Calon-Ségur, Cru Classé St-Estèphe

Over the last few years, Château Calon-Ségur has become one of Bordeaux's most sought after wines, with its value soaring after first release. This year will be no different: it's far to say, this St-Estèphe property is on the march.

Critic score
96.25/100
Pricing
Case, 6 Bottles
En primeur
From a client
1 available
£599.28

WINE DETAILS

  • Region & country
    Saint-Estèphe, Médoc, Bordeaux, France
  • Maturity
    Young 2028 - 2047
  • Colour
    Red
  • Sweetness
    Dry
  • Style
    Still
  • Unit Volume
    Bottle (75cl.)
2019 Château Calon-Ségur, Cru Classé St-Estèphe

TASTING NOTES

This is a brilliant Calon Ségur, absolutely one to search out. Dripping with lush brambled fruit, from ripe damsons to sleek blackberries and touches of hedgerow that add an unforced juiciness through what is a powerful and concentrated wine. The tannins are chewy and very much present, and this has great ageing potential ahead of it. 3.8pH. A yield of 40hl/ha. 100% new oak. 1% Petit Verdot completes the blend.

Jane Anson, Decanter (June 2020)
97/100

A racy, refined red with a solid core of ripe fruit and a long, linear finish. Medium-to full-bodied and subtle, yet structured. Turns salty and spicy with some cloves. Builds on the finish.

James Suckling, jamessuckling.com (May 2020)
95—96/100
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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