2013 Marquis de Calon, St-Estèphe (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1161059 92 points Wine Enthusiast

 *Editors' Choice* This wine is full of juicy Merlot, ripe with sweet tannins and jammy fruit. It is soft, with the freshness of the year as well as having hints of structure. It is ripe, beautifully fruity and will be ready to drink from 2018. (RV)  (3/2016)

90 points James Suckling

 This is very well done for the vintage with currant and chocolate character. Medium body firm tannins and a savory finish. Velvety texture. Mostly merlot. Drink now or hold.  (2/2016)


 Smoke, tobacco, licorice, black cherries and scorched earth all take shape in the 2013 Marquis de Calon. The style is virile, broad-shouldered and also a bit brawny, but at the same time the 2013 has plenty of flesh to drink well for a number of years. (AG)  (4/2014)

Wine Spectator

 Soft, offering modest cherry, plum and blood orange notes, with a light sandalwood frame on the finish. (Web Only--2016) (JM)

K&L Notes

The second wine of Calon-Ségur.

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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.