Chateau Calon Segur 3rd Growth St Estephe, Bordeaux, France, 2009
Grapes: A blend of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon with Merlot & Petit Verdot making up the balance. All handpicked fruit with both mechanical and hand sorting used. The vineyards average 21 years of age with yields of 45hl/ha. Ageing of around 18-20 months in 100% new oak for the Grand Vin with egg white fining. Typical "Left Bank" soils of deep gravels over a clay based sub-soil.
Just coming into its drinking window, this traditional St Estephe is built for the long haul with the potential to live past 2050. A chateau with a long history of winemaking going back to the 12th century Gallo-Roman period, Calon Segur has remained unchanged since the 1855 classification. Vines cover 55ha in one walled block with the majority being planted to Cabernet Sauvignon.
Ownership of the property in the 18th century was by the Marquis Nicolas-Alexandre de Ségur who, at the time, also owned Chateaux Latour, Lafite & Mouton. Lucky, or what? Huge investment, since 2013, under a new management team, has brought about a leap in quality. A new vat room with 75 stainless steel tanks was constructed to make use of a gravity flow vinification process allowing more gentle handling of the grapes in the winery.
2009 was a fabulous vintage in Bordeaux and Calon Ségur was rated 96/100 points by Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate, March 2019.
"The 2009 Calon-Ségur is deep garnet in color and opens with a beautiful fragrance of redcurrant preserves, cassis, black cherry compote and red roses plus nuances of cigar box and cinnamon stick. Medium-bodied and wonderfully elegant in the mouth, it has a compelling line of very ripe, fine-grained tannins and oodles of freshness supporting the fragrant layers, finishing long and perfumed."
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