2009 Calon-Ségur, St-Estèphe (Pre-Arrival)
Delivers gorgeous aromas of blackberry, blueberry and licorice, with hints of tobacco and spice. Full-bodied, offering a lovely texture and refinement. Very long and beautiful, with tangy acidity and lively fruit. A rich, yet very balanced, Calon. This is almost all Cabernet Sauvignon instead of the normal blend with 40 percent Merlot. The château is now using 100 percent new wood. Like the changes.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
MThe 2009 has the highest percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon (90%) ever included in a Calon-Segur (the rest is Merlot and Petit Verdot). Completely different from its St.-Estephe brethren, it is more backward and structured with a dense purple color, lots of black cherry, black currant, loamy earth, forest floor and spice notes, excruciatingly high levels of tannin, and a wonderful inner core of sweetness and concentration. It could behave like the 1982, which, at age 30, is just becoming mature. The 2009 is an uncompromising, masculine, massive style of wine that needs 15-20 years of cellaring even in this luscious, flashy, flamboyant vintage. It is super-tight and needs lots of coaxing and aeration. Anticipated maturity: 2025-2050+. Sadly, Madame Gasqueton, one of the great grands dames of Bordeaux, passed away recently. She was a no nonsense, always gracious lady who normally received me early in the morning, sometimes before the sun had even risen. I have many fond memories of her for her professionalism and her talent in making long-lived, traditional Bordeaux.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Good dark red. Musky, highly complex nose offers plum, blackcurrant, camphor, menthol, violet and lavender. Remarkably silky and fine-grained, combining outstanding subtle concentration and terrific inner-mouth energy. This very rich but classically dry Saint-Estephe finishes with lush, noble tannins and outstanding complexity. A great vintage for this estate, and a classic claret in a traditional style.
One of K&L's picks for Top 10 wines of the vintage! **+ 90% Cabernet Sauvignon. Great wine. Superb balance. Fabulous. Jammy nose of sweet black cherry. Thick texture and layers on the palate. Sweet red licorice flavors. Sexy, elegant wine. Delicious. Alex: This wine is gorgeous, with incredible, complex red fruits that feel almost Burgundian in style. Such delineation! Ralph: I agree. This is their best since 1995. When Calon is good, it's really good. Note: Futures item. Wine will arrive late 2011 to 2013. You will be contacted for delivery instructions.