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Calon Ségur 2012

SubregionSt Estephe
Grape VarietyCabernet Sauvignon/Merlot

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Tasting Notes

The 2012 Calon Ségur, has an opaque ruby/purple color, very sweet black raspberry, black cherry and currant fruit, underlying forest floor notes, wonderfully sweet tannin, surprising up-front opulence and beautiful purity, texture and length. This is an outstanding effort and a strong wine in 2012. Drink it over the next 20 years, as the acidity is quite low and the wine already approachable. Drink 2015-2035.

Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (218), April 2015

The 2012 reveals an opaque ruby/purple color along with sweet tannins, low acidity, medium to full body, and abundant cedary, foresty notes intermixed with black cherries, black currants, caramel and spice box. This medium to full-bodied St.-Estephe should drink well in 4-5 years (atypical for a Calon Segur), and last for two decades.

Calon Segur has one of the top dozen terroirs in all of Bordeaux, so I'm waiting to see how spectacular it can become under its new ownership. Certainly the team brought in to push the quality is the right one. I don't know what the final blend of the relatively soft 2012 was, but I suspect it includes a copious percentage of Merlot, although Cabernet Sauvignon has dominated over recent years.

Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (206), April 2013

Tasted as a barrel sample at the château. The Grand Vin was picked between 1st and 16th October, the Cabernet from the 9th October, the fruit sorted by hand as it enters the winery rather than an optical sorting machine. It has a very fragrant bouquet, very pure with dark cherries and raspberry preserve, like a toned down version of the 2009. The palate is medium-bodied with crisp, chalky tannins. There is plenty of bright red fruit, fine focus and a very composed, quite suave finish that is presently driven by the 100% new oak. This is a great little wine from Calon Segur that should have plenty of class and sophistication once in bottle. Tasted April 2013.

Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, May 2013

A silky and polished red with currant, walnut and black truffle character. Full body, silky tannins and a fine finish. It reminds me of the excellent 1995. Better in 2017

James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, February 2015

Super fresh and floral with raspberry, currant and berry character. Full body, with fine tannins and a long, long finish. Bright and racy. 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, and 2% Petit Verdot.

James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, April 2013
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The 2012 Calon Ségur is dark, powerful and intense. Smoke, game, tobacco and dark stone fruits open up in a distinctly virile, imposing wine. Quite frankly, what stands out most is how much Calon Ségur has come in the years since French insurer Suravenir Assurances bought the property in July 2012. In 2012 the blend is 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot and 2% Petit Verdot. The wine spent 19 months in 100% new French oak barrels. In my view Calon Ségur is one of the most dynamic and exciting reemerging properties in Bordeaux today. It will be fascinating to see what the new team headed by Estate Manager Laurent Dufau does here over the coming years. Drink 2017-2042.

Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, January 2016

Lively and some richness. Dry finish. But great vitality. Long and complete with no concessions to the vintage. Not as dense as Montrose.

Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2013

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. Following the sad demise of Madame Gasqueton last year, the property has recently been sold to a French insurance company. A new manager is in place and, no doubt, there are big plans in place to modernise the wine-making facilities. the 2012, however, is a traditional Calon Segur. Classically structured with red and black cherries. A good core of crunchy fruit and some firm tannins at the finish. This should be approachable when young but will always have a firm edge.

Farr Vintners, March 2013

Dense but pure, offering suave plum, raspberry coulis and black
currant fruit, and tobacco, tar and iron nuances. This is integrated
and refined through the long finish, but lacks the vintage's austerity.
Very nicely done. Best from 2017 through 2025.

James Molesworth, Wine Spectator Insider, January 2015

The nose is deep and brooding with lots of concentrated black fruits. The start of the palate is quite closed but it opens up with a chocolate and liquorice richness in the middle. Although the finish is a bit tight there is a lot more fruit to show. 2018-35

Derek Smedley MW, May 2013

A château that rarely disappoints, even in trickier vintages, Calon-Ségur seems to be
flourishing under its new owners. This is the same blend of grapes as in 2010 and 2011,
but it's the hand of the winemaker, Vincent Millet, that matters. Once again, this is a very
graceful St Estèphe, with no hard edges, polished tannins, plenty of perfume and oak and
the understated concentration needed to age.
Drink: 2020-35

Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com, April 2013
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