Château Calon Segur 2017 Saint Estephe Troisième Cru Classé 12 x 75cl 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot.
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Inky core with black-cherry rim. Ripe, dark and with a fine mineral cast to the cassis fruit, which is ripe but not sweet. Paper-fine tannins in many layers. Great ageing potential but also accessible. Deceptively accessible, suggesting lack of ageing ability, but I don't think that is the case. Cool, fresh, serious, fine cassis fruit. The finesse comes from the lack of sweetness but there's no lack of fruit. Dry, firm and very St-Estèphe, with tannin structure. But the structure is filled molecule by molecule with the fruit. It's so finely balanced. There's more firmness than in Cos but there's still excellent harmony. Opens to a hint of violets. Super-moreish and juicy even with the structure of the terroir. (JH)
Critics Scores (JH) Julia Harding jancisrobinsoin.com : 17.5+ (JS) James Suckling jamessuckling.com : 94-95 (LPB) Lisa Perroti-Brown robertparker.com : 92-94 (NM) Neal Martin vinous.com : 92-94
Yield : hl/h ABV: 13.2% Additional sizes available please order by phone or email. Half's 24 x 37.5cl, Magnums 6 x 150cl, Double Magnums 3 x 300cl, Jeroboam 1 x 500cl, Imperial 1 x600cl, Melchior 1 x 1800cl.
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Release price history for recent vintages where known. 2016: £ 2015: £ 2014: £