2014 Marquis de Calon, St-Estèphe (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1201300 90-93 points Vinous

 I have to admit, I was quite surprised when Managing Director Laurent Dufau and Winemaker Vincent Millet showed me their 2014 Marquis de Calon after the Calon Ségur. A rich, extroverted wine, the 2014 Marquise de Calon is another unqualified success for the château. Crème de cassis, menthol, licorice, smoke, blackberry jam meld into new leather, tobacco, savory herbs and smoke in a wine that deftly balances rich, unctuous fruit with drive and freshness, qualities that are highly unusual to find together. Hints of lavender and rose petal add the final layers of nuance. Readers should expect a super-ripe, opulent, Merlot-driven wine in fairly classic frame. The 2014 tips the scales at 14.8% alcohol, yet holds all of its richness very well. Best of all, the 2014 should be a fabulous value. The blend is 64% Merlot and 36% Cabernet Sauvignon. (AG)  (4/2015)

91-93 points Wine Enthusiast

 Barrel Sample. Ripe and juicy, this wine is attractive and immediately accessible. While dense tannins pervade, the palate brings delicious fruitiness with touches of spice that add nuance.  (4/2015)

89-90 points James Suckling

 This is very fine for the second wine of Calon with a density and beauty. Full body, pretty fruit and a long finish.  (4/2015)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The Le Marquis de Calon-Ségur 2014 is a blend of 67% Merlot (now including young vines planted in front of the château by Vincent Millet and the late Mme. Gasqueton) and 33% Cabernet Sauvignon. Because of the high alcohol content of the Merlot vines, that average alcohol level comes in at 14.7%. Matured in 50% new oak, it has a rich, almost decadent bouquet with crème de cassis and blueberry jam, a touch of warmth coming from the alcohol. This is very heady within the context of the vintage. The palate is full-bodied, rich and powerful with layers of super-ripe Merlot fruit: fleshy in the mouth, almost ravishing with a very sweet finish that needs to find more precision and focus. It's a rare example of a blockbuster deuxième vin! (NM)  (4/2015)

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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 M├ędoc 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.


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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.