The 2019 is a blend of 72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verfot. The yield is similar to 2018 with 40hl/ha, and the wine will be aged for 20 months in 100% new French oak. Deep purple in colour, this is one of the most aromatic wines we have tasted, full of clove, damson, rich blackcurrant and pink peppercorn. The palate follows with more exotic clove-like spice, complementing a rich and dense core of black fruit. The tannins are plentiful but it is the depth of fruit that carries the wine and subsumes all else. Extremely complex with both sweet and savoury tones, the acidity brings freshness and lift to leave an almost floral, chalky and unerring finish. A triumph again in 2019.
|Score: 18||Farr Vintners, Farr Tasting, May 2020|
The 2019 Calon Ségur was cropped at 40hl/ha between 25 September and 9 October, underwent a 20-day cuvaison and matured entirely in new oak from nine cooperages. Like the second wine, it is initially closed on the nose, yet all it needs is five minutes for the aromas to burst from the glass with raspberry, bilberry, crushed violet and freshly rolled tobacco. The palate is the smoothest that I have ever encountered at this stage, silky and refined, framing the pure black fruit infused with minerals. This 2019 is a step up from the previous vintage, a Calon Ségur with newfound elegance and wind in its sails. Bon vin. 2027 - 2055.
|Score: 95/97||Neal Martin, vinous.com, June 2020|
Displaying a very deep purple-black color, the 2019 Calon-Ségur strides confidently out of the glass with classic notes of warm cassis, blackberry preserves, pencil shavings and clove oil plus nuances of lilacs, cinnamon stick, chocolate box and menthol. The medium to full-bodied palate is packed with tightly wound, muscular black fruits and loads of bright floral accents, framed by firm, fine-grained tannins and bold freshness, finishing long and graceful.
|Score: 95/97+||Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (June 2020 ), June 2020|
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.
|Score: 95/96||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, May 2020|
A total knock-out, the 2019 Calon Ségur is shaping up to be truly epic. Rich, dense and explosive, the 2019 soars out of the glass with stunning intensity. Graphite, pencil shavings, crème de cassis, new leather, spice and chocolate infuse the 2019 with stunning intensity. The 2019 is looking to be a wine for the ages.
|Score: 96/98||Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, June 2020|
73% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot. Barrel sample.
Deep, dark and dense with a whiff of liquorice and menthol. Takes off on the palate with real verticality (‘an autoroute’ says winemaker Vincent Millet). Perhaps a hint of chocolate added to the dark fruit. Big tannic frame but enrobed in generous fruit so practically gourmand. Huge persistence. Again, one for the cellar. (JL) 14.5%
Drink 2030 – 2050
|Score: 18||James Lawther MW, JancisRobinson.com, June 2020|