2009 La Chapelle de Calon, St-Estèphe

SKU #1109522

This wine is made by the team that also brings you the wonderful and long-lived Château Calon-Ségur. Coming from a property that produces very tannic and structured wines for their first wine, this small production wine provides plenty of substance in a great vintage like 2009. Made from 65% Cabernet, 20% Merlot and 15% Cab Franc, it has big chocolaty aromas that follow to the palate. Decant for an hour or more; it then comes around nicley, and enjoy with a steak or prime rib or some fancy cheese! Very limited production. Great pedigree.

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By: David Driscoll |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 10/4/2012  | Send Email
Keeping my hands off of this will very tough. This is the third wine of Calon Segur, one of my favorite Bordeaux producers, and this has absolutely incredible fruit. Juicy, soft, integrated tannins. Perfect wine.

By: Steve Bearden |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 8/30/2012  | Send Email
This is essentially the second wine of the great Third Growth Calon Segur and the pedigree and intense stucture really shows. After an hour in a decanter the aromas of deep red fruit, earth and dried herb become quite intense. The high percentage of Cabernet really shines in this concentrated and classy effort where the layered middle is followed by a finish of fine, ripe tannins, mouth coating mineral and a touch of damp clay.

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Varietal:

Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.
Country:

France

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Sub-Region:

Bordeaux

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Specific Appellation:

Saint Estephe

- The northern-most of the Medoc communes, St. Estephe is quickly becoming one of the favorite areas for both high quality and great value Bordeaux reds. While it has fewer classified growths than the other communes, it also boasts some of the hottest up and coming chateaux of the last several. The most famous chateaux are the second growths Montrose and Cos d'Estournel with Calon Segur (3rd growth), Lafon Rochet (4th growth), and Cos Labory (5th growth) rounding out the cru classe wines. Cabernet Sauvignon dominates the area, but plantings of Merlot are on the rise resulting in rounder, fatter, flashier wines than in years past.