Its bigger sister, the well-made 2011 Calon Segur boasts a dense ruby/purple color, sweet cassis and black cherry fruit intermixed with hints of earth, oak and spice, medium body, moderate tannin, a pure mouthfeel and a long finish. Give it 3-4 years of bottle age and enjoy it over the next 10-15 years.
|Score: 90||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (212), April 2014|
The great Madame Denise Gasqueton, a Bordeaux icon whom I always visited early in the morning (8:15 a.m. for nearly 20 consecutive years), passed away on the first day of the 2011 harvest. The 2011 Calon-Segur is a fitting tribute to her extraordinary passion and love for this fabulous estate in the northern sector of St.-Estephe. A very strong effort (this property was untouched by the hail storm that swept through the area on September 1), it boasts an opaque purple color as well as surprisingly sweet tannin and abundant quantities of black cherry, black currant and dusty, loamy scents. Medium to full-bodied with beautifully integrated tannins and sensational purity and length, this super effort is a wonderful homage to the memory of Madame Gasqueton. Moreover, it is potentially one of the longest-lived wines of the vintage and should drink well for 25 or more years.
|Score: 92/94||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (200), April 2012|
A blend 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot and 2% Petit Verdot and this includes the vin de presse. It has a refined bouquet of dark berries, wild hedgerow and a touch of rose petals, and seems lighter than the 2009 or 2010, although it displays fine delineation and sense of femininity. The palate is medium-bodied with a pleasing, rounded entry where the Merlot neatly fleshes out the Cabernet. It is not a complex Calon Segur, neither does it possess the spine-tingling backbone and tension of the 2010. But is has a satisfying purity and a lovely smooth, silky texture towards the finish and a minerally aftertaste that lingers longer than I expected. This may merit a higher score after bottling. Tasted April 2012.
|Score: 90/92||Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, April 2012|
A red with wonderful aromas of blackberries, spices and plums that follow through to a full body, with lovely integrated tannins and a polished, fine finish. Better in 2017.
|Score: 92||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, February 2014|
The picking started at Calon on the 3rd September with the Merlot. 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot and 2% Petit Verdot. This is well done and reminds me of the 1996 at this stage, which was excellent. Pretty aromas of spices, berry and earth follow through to a full body, with firm and silky tannins and a juicy finish. Very fresh.
|Score: 91/92||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, April 2012|
The nose has a mix of black fruits with the richer sweeter cassis backed by the freshness of bilberries. The fruit on the mid palate feels sweet but behind there is acidity and firm structured tannins that tend at the moment to hide the full fruit potential
|Score: 90/93||Derek Smedley MW, April 2012|
The wines from this under-rated château are not the most concentrated in the commune, but they have a freshness and elegance that often elude its neighbours. Grassy, lead pencil Cabernet notes, with grainy tannins, this is deceptively forward and drinkable. Lovely oak integration and polish. 10+ years.
|Score: 95||Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com, April 2012|
This classic Chateau has one of the greatest terroirs of Bordeaux. Quality is always high but en primeur prices are usually reasonable - especially so in comparison to those of traditional rivals and neighbours Cos d'Estournel and Montrose. Winemaker Vincent Millet was brought in from Chateau Margaux a few years ago. 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 2% Petit Verdot. Fresh red berries, cool, classy and sophisticated. A very elegant Calon Segur with good grip matching the ripe, smooth-textured fruit. Not great intensity but precise and classic in style.
|Score: 15.5||Farr Vintners, March 2012|
Wonderful purity and elegance. Fresh, fragrant and long with fine, silky tannins. Less opulence than the 2010 but analytically the same. Drink 2020-2035
|Score: 18||Steven Spurrier, Decanter.com, April 2012|