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Calon Ségur 2015

Subregion France > Bordeaux > Left Bank > St Estèphe
Grape VarietyCabernet Sauvignon/Merlot

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Tasting Notes

Aromas of blackberries, currants, cedar and tobacco. Full-bodied, layered and dense. Great fruit yet tight and structured. A classically proportioned red with so much intensity. A wine for the future. Try it in 2022.

James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, February 2018

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. 2020 - 2042

Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (Interim Fe), February 2018

Tasted blind. Dark crimson. Strangely metallic note on the nose. Slightly austere on the end. Edgy and a tad green. Other tasters preferred this to me.
Drink 2024-2036

Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, February 2019

I loved the 2015 Calon Segur and while it’s true the northern Médoc is less successful in 2015, this beauty is certainly one to seek out. Based on 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Merlot and the rest Petit Verdot aged all in new barrels, its deep ruby/purple color is followed by gorgeous notes of crème de cassis, blackcurrants, toasted spices, lead pencil shavings, and hints of dried flowers. While it’s not the most concentrated wine of the vintage, it has medium to full-bodied richness, polished tannin, and a gorgeous elegance about it that keeps you coming back to the glass. Drink it over the coming 20-30 years. 2018 - 2043

Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com, November 2017

Perfumed a touch of spice the nose is fresh and fragrant. The start of the palate light but there is mid sweetness the fruit underpinned by fine tannins. It fills out a bit at the back some ripe cassis but the finish is fresh, light and fragrant.

Derek Smedley MW, DerekSmedleyMW.co.uk, April 2016

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

Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com, April 2016

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.

Matthew Jukes, Matthew Jukes' Blog, April 2016
Read more tasting notes...

The 2015 Calon Segur is a blend of 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Merlot and 2% Petit Verdot (no Cabernet Franc in the Grand Vin this year). It was picked from 8 September until 5 October at a yield of 47 hl/ha and is matured in 100% new oak for the next 20 months. The Cabernet Sauvignon dominates the aromatics with blackberry, cedar and graphite aromas: quite linear, nicely focused and reserved compared to the 2014 last year. The palate is understated on the entry, the tannin very fine and the acidity very well judged. Like the nose, the Cabernet drives this wine forward: structured and a little "brittle" in the mouth, perhaps the most Pauillac-like Calon-Segur that I have encountered over many years of tasting. Afford this several years in bottle. Drink 2022-2040

Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (224), April 2016

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.

James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, March 2016

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

Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2016
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