2020 - Ch Calon-Ségur 3ème Cru St Estèphe
Colour
Red
Producer
Château Calon-Ségur
Region
St Estèphe
Grape
Cabernet Sauvignon / Merlot / Cabernet Franc
Drinking
2026 - 2050
Case size
6x75cl
En Primeur

2020 CH CALON-SÉGUR 3ÈME CRU ST ESTÈPHE - 6x75cl

Colour
Red
Producer
Château Calon-Ségur
Region
St Estèphe
Grape
Cabernet Sauvignon / Merlot / Cabernet Franc
Drinking
2026 - 2050
Case size
6x75cl
En Primeur
In Bond
Case price £470.00 (Ex. VAT)
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Tasting Notes

  • NM

    Neal Martin, May 2021,
    Score: 92-94

    The 2020 Calon Ségur was picked from 24-30 September at 33hl/ha and after a 3-day cold soak at 10°C it underwent a 18-21 cuvaison. Matured entirely in new oak, it is backward on the nose, well defined, but broody and requires coaxing from the glass. It eventually reveals blackberry, cedar, wild mint and pressed iris petal aromas. The palate is medium-bodied with firm tannins, a little angular on the entry, good acidity. The second half, though, feels just a little brutish at the moment, granular and grippy on the saline, briny finish. I appreciate the way in which the DNA of this estate comes through, though the 2019 showed far more finesse and panache. It may end up at the top of my banded score if it can pull together more clarity and complexity. Drink 2027 - 2040

  • WA

    Wine Advocate, May 2021,
    Score: 95-97

    The 2020 Calon-Ségur is a blend of 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot. It is aging in 100% new French oak barrels for an anticipated 18 to 20 months. The alcohol is 13.8%. Displaying a deep purple-black color, it straight away springs up with bright scents of freshly picked black raspberries, kirsch and blackberries, needing considerable swirling to reveal a vast array of nuances—rose oil, cardamom, iron ore, graphite, lavender and aniseed. The medium-bodied palate has a solid structure of firm, ripe, grainy tannins and plenty of freshness supporting the tightly wound red and black fruit layers, accented by lots of mineral and floral sparks, finishing with impressive length and depth. Beautiful, beautiful wine! Drink 2026-2060

  • DC

    Decanter, May 2021,
    Score: 98

    A return to form in my eyes for Calon Ségur after the atypical 2018, rippling with elegance, balance and savoury blue fruits of Cabernet, with rose and peony flowers. Concentrated, chiselled and juicy, this has clear personality and equals the great, classically balanced vintages of Calon like 2016. A yield of 33hl/ha, 3.85pH, 100% new oak. Vincent Millet is now overall director as well as technical director, since the departure of Laurent Dufau in 2020. Drink 2029-2048 (JA)

  • GDH

    Goedhuis, May 2021,
    Score: 96-98

    78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot A superb Calon Segur putting this wine amongst the very top Médocs in 2020. So controlled and complex, with an extraordinary array of dark currants, blackberry and cassis. It is powerful and yet polished. The palate starts bright and racy, with a rich juicy volume, and a touch of graphite and earthy minerality. Exceptionally long, this has been a real highlight amongst so many lovely 2020s.

  • WCI

    Wine Cellar Insider, May 2021,
    Score: 96-98

    If you are not familiar with everything going on with Calon Segur these days, you need to taste this wine. Deeply colored, without hesitation the wine shoots from the glass with Asian spice, boysenberry, black currants, cedar, cigar box, tobacco leaf, lead pencil and forest leaf. Full-bodied, concentrated, powerful and rich, yet it is also balanced, refined, and intense. There is purity in the fruits, freshness and symmetry, ending with seamless waves of perfectly ripe, creme de cassis. Let this rest for at least a decade and enjoy for 3 or more decades after that. The wine blends 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot. 13.8% ABV. 96-98

  • JR

    Jancis Robinson, April 2021,
    Score: 18

    Classically structured and Cabernet-driven without the opulence of 2018 or the finesse of 2019. Pure and precise on the nose with cassis notes prevalent. Crunchy fruit on the palate with powdery tannins that build and drive to a dry finish. Verticality as in 2019. Perhaps a little chew but clean and saline on the finish. (JL) 13.8%. Drink 2030 – 2050

  • JD

    Jeb Dunnuck, May 2021,
    Score: 95-97

    The flagship 2020 Château Calon Ségur is also brilliant and certainly brings up the intensity, depth, and richness, although it’s nowhere near the exotic, almost over-the-top style of the 2018. Gorgeous crème de cassis, tobacco, roasted coffee beans, lead pencil, and sappy herbs all define this beauty, which is full-bodied, beautifully balanced, and has incredible purity of fruit. It might have some up-front appeal as well, yet smart money will hide bottles for at least 7-8 years.

  • MJ

    Matthew Jukes, April 2021,
    Score: 19+

    This is a completely single-minded Calon with the most amazingly determined cassis flavour I can remember on both the nose and palate. The oak is extraordinary – so discreet and yet so critical to this wine’s complex array of deeply satisfying nuances. This is an all-encompassing performance from Calon and it grows in the glass exponentially with the nose filling the room with the most exquisite Cabernet perfume. The palate lengthens at the same time and as it does so it then widens and courses across every taste bud filling them with astounding flavours. This is a truly monumental creation and the tannins are as majestic as I have seen in 2020. While this is a sensationally grand wine it is not in any way showy or posturing and this makes it even more enviable and worthy of respect. This is not a blockbuster but a medium-weight wine drenched in the most extraordinary concentration of fruit. I tasted it six times over two days and it maintained its astounding determination throughout these rigorous assessments. This is, without a doubt, one of the wines of the vintage.

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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.