2015 - Ch Calon-Ségur 3ème Cru St Estèphe
06B5CALS6PK _ 2015 - Ch Calon-Ségur 3ème Cru St Estèphe - 6x75cl
Colour
Red
Producer
Château Calon-Ségur
Region
St Estèphe
Grape
Cabernet Sauvignon / Merlot / Cabernet Franc
Drinking
2022 - 2034
Case size
6x75cl

2015 CH CALON-SÉGUR 3ÈME CRU ST ESTÈPHE - 6x75cl

Colour
Red
Producer
Château Calon-Ségur
Region
St Estèphe
Grape
Cabernet Sauvignon / Merlot / Cabernet Franc
Drinking
2022 - 2034
Case size
6x75cl

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Tasting Notes

  • GDH

    Goedhuis, April 2016,
    Score: 91-93

    Wine director Laurent Duffau took the decision to pick this Cabernet dominant wine (84%) slightly ahead of some of his neighbours, to preserve the freshness and purity of fruit in his 2015. The result is a wonderfully perfumed and aromatic wine, full of violets and summer fruits. It has a firm mid-palate and finishes rounded and uplifting.

  • NM1

    Neal Martin, July 2019,
    Score: 94

    The 2015 Calon-Ségur has a fresh and very well defined bouquet of raspberry, wild strawberry and crushed stone aromas, very focused and beautifully integrated new oak. The palate is medium-bodied with fine grain tannin, well judged acidity, lightly spiced and quite saline toward the marine-tinged finish that fans out beautifully. There is classiness in this Saint-Estèphe and it should age with grace. Tasted blind at the Southwold 2015 Bordeaux tasting.

  • NM1

    Neal Martin, July 2019,
    Score: 94

    The 2015 Calon-Ségur has a fresh and very well defined bouquet of raspberry, wild strawberry and crushed stone aromas, very focused and beautifully integrated new oak. The palate is medium-bodied with fine grain tannin, well judged acidity, lightly spiced and quite saline toward the marine-tinged finish that fans out beautifully. There is classiness in this Saint-Estèphe and it should age with grace. Tasted blind at the Southwold 2015 Bordeaux tasting.

  • AG

    Antonio Galloni, April 2016,
    Score: 90-93

    The 2015 Calon Ségur is super-polished, silky and exceptionally beautiful, especially for the vintage and appellation. Creamy, expressive and inviting, the 2015 possesses striking nuance and delineation throughout. Dark blue and purplish fruits, lavender, herbs, menthol and licorice add the closing shades of nuance. I don't think the 2015 will match the superb 2014, but it is a very pretty, if somewhat smaller-scaled, wine. Tasted three times.

  • RP

    Robert Parker, Feb 2018,
    Score: 93/100

    Composed of 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Merlot and 2% Petit Verdot, the 2015 Calon-Segur was aged in 100% new French oak barrels for 20 months. It has a deep garnet-purple color and nose of warm blackberries, cassis, black cherries and licorice with touches of roses and dark chocolate. The medium-bodied palate is firm and chewy with good concentration and a spicy finish. Lisa Perrotti Brown Score 93/100 Drink Dates 2020-2042

  • JS

    James Suckling, April 2016,
    Score: 93-94

    This is very fine and integrated with black currant, walnut and fresh tobacco. Full body, pretty polish. Sophisticated. Well done for the vintage for this appellation.

  • DC

    Decanter, April 2016,
    Score: 95

    Really lovely bouquet: totally aromatic and full of finesse and restrained power. Great charm and purity of fruit on the palate, showing lovely precision and persistence. This château continues on its progression to the top.

  • MJ

    Matthew Jukes, April 2016,
    Score: 18+

    (82 Cabernet Sauvignon, 16 Merlot, 2 Petit Verdot) | 100% new oak – will be matured for 20 months. | 13.3% alc. Very direct and very pure, this is a remarkably restrained wine and while the acid level is exactly the same as in 2009 it seems more pliable and more forward than any young Calon I can remember. The acidity is its key. This wine is a facsimile of an ancient style of Bordeaux, with tender fruit and firm acidity. The tannins are fully integrated, crisp and refreshing. Winemaker Vincent Millet thinks it will make 40 years, while admitting that it already looks ravishing. The great difference these days is the physiological ripeness of the grapes at balanced alcohol levels and this makes the wine much more acute and also more delicious in its youth. The weather was rainier here than in most places but they have great exposition and very good aeration and so the wine is very clean and fresh. The tannins are tense but not drying on the finish and the nose is already floral and hypnotic - this is a truly dreamy wine and it accurately resembles the heart it wears on its label.

  • JR

    Jancis Robinson, April 2016,
    Score: 17+

    82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Merlot, 2% Petit Verdot. 47 hl/ha. 20 months in 100% new oak. Dark crimson. Pure and aromatic. Pretty dense and dry with a hint of sweet oak. Solid and concentrated. All set for the long term. Pretty introvert. Edgy finish but more sweetness than there used to be. Intense - more intense than usual for this property. A little attenuated on the end. Very solid indeed! 13.3% Drink 2024-2036

  • TA

    Tim Atkin, May 2016,
    Score: 94

    Among the top performers in St. Estèphe, as it nearly always is, Calon has made a stylish, refined red in 2015. Perfumed and floral, with structured, chalky tannins and intense black and red fruits. A triumph over adversity in a tricky vintage for the northern Médoc. Drink: 2024-32

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Producer

Château Calon-Ségur

The most northerly classified growth in the Médoc, Château Calon-Ségur has had a gracious history. In the 18th century, it was the most beloved property of its owner, the Marquis Nicolas-Aléxandre Ségur. Though he also owned such celebrated châteaux as Lafite and Latour, he would proudly state: "I make my wine at Lafite and Latour, but my heart is in Calon." He immortalised his affection by creating a heart on the label - a symbol that exists to this day. Calon-Ségur was owned and managed for many years by Mme. Denise Capbern Gasqueton, a magical hostess who captures the essence of La Vieille France with all its tradition, elegance and etiquette. She sadly passed away in 2011 but the inate quality of the vineyards ensures Calon-Ségur's place among the top wines of the appellation.

Region

St Estèphe

St Estèphe is the most northern of Médoc communal crus. Its unique terroir is made up of layers of gravel which are supported by a dense clay base. This subsoil retains water in dry seasons and works particularly well with Merlot, a largely planted variety which is used to flesh out Cabernet Sauvignon. This clay base also creates powerful, textured tannins which enable St Estèphe to stand out from the pack. Like St Julien, it is one of the four most important communal appellations of the Médoc which does not contain any first growths, despite its southern border being a stone'sthrow from Château Lafite. Nonetheless, it is home to some excellent châteaux making fine wines such as Cos d'Estournel, Montrose, Calon Ségur and Lafon Rochet.