2014 Marquis de Calon, St-Estèphe (Pre-Arrival)
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)
This is very fine for the second wine of Calon with a density and beauty. Full body, pretty fruit and a long finish.
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)