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2008 Calon-Ségur, St-Estèphe

SKU #1071624 94 points John Gilman

Outer quote mark The 2008 Château Calon-Ségur is a superb example of this very classic vintage, and surprisingly, this wine was raised in fully one hundred percent new wood- surprising, as it does not really show much new wood influence at all! The deep, pure and still very youthful bouquet offers up a lovely mix of red and black cherries, tobacco leaf, gravelly soil tones, a touch of curry, smoke, currant leaf and a very nicely discreet base of nutty oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, vivid and tangy, with a superb core, classic, chewy structure, a lovely signature of soil, ripe, firm tannins and outstanding length and grip on the focused and still quite youthful finish. The 2008 does not have the same plump core of fruit as the 2009 to buffer its structure, but the wine is in perfect balance and only needs bottle age to blossom into a superb bottle of claret. Inner quote mark (1/2014)

93 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark A solid red, with plum, spices and cedar character on the nose and palate. Coffee too. Full and dense, with a long finish. Solid red here. Superb for the appellation. Best after 2013. Inner quote mark (12/2010)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Tasted from an ex-château bottle at BI Wine & Spirits Calon-Segur dinner in London. I praised the 2008 Calon Segur when I tasted it blind in 2012 and I have no reason to change my opinion three years later. Here it has a surprisingly deep hue for a 2008. The nose is very detailed and lively, more breezy and carefree than the 2009 with vivacious blackberry, cedar and graphite scents. The palate is medium-bodied and slightly brittle in texture on the entry. The acidity is beautifully judged here with superb balance: smooth and harmonious, though it just tapers in towards the edgy, maybe angular finish. This has a sense of joie-de-vivre perhaps not common in Calon-Ségur's wines. It is one of the best Left Bank wines in 2008 and given its price, one of its best values. Tasted March 2015. (NM) Inner quote mark (10/2016)

93 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2008 Calon-Ségur has a perfumed, floral bouquet that is wonderfully detailed; raspberry and cranberry fruit flanked by rose petal and subtle iris aromas. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin and a crisp line of acidity. This is brisk and focused with a light black pepper note cropping up on the finish, the aftertaste judiciously sprinkled with pencil shaving and tobacco notes. This is a very fine Calon-Ségur from the Gasqueton era, but it needs more time. Tasted blind at Farr Vintners’ 10-Year On tasting. Drink through 2038. (NM) Inner quote mark (5/2018)

92 points Decanter

Outer quote mark Lovely rich flavours are on offer here right through the palate. It's beautifully stitched together, showing wonderful expression of cassis and bilberry with a kick of intensity from the St-Estèphe clay, with a floral overcoat. This is not as intense as in some vintages but is drinking extremely well right now. (JA) Inner quote mark (12/2017)

90 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark A blend of 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Merlot, and the rest Petit Verdot, the outstanding 2008 Calon Ségur offers a healthy ruby color as well as just a touch of maturity in its classic Saint-Estèphe bouquet of black cherries, ground herbs, dried earth, and cedar. This medium-bodied beauty is seamless, perfectly balanced, and has nicely integrated acidity as well as still-present tannins. It’s drinking well today yet has another two decades of longevity. Inner quote mark (2/2019)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark Red-ruby. Musky, expressive aromas of mocha, smoke, menthol, black olive, underbrush and herbs. A sweet, silky midweight with a strong streak of acidity running through the moderately ripe flavors of currant, black cherry, herbs and minerals. Not hugely ripe but nicely fine-grained. Quite suave but rather ungiving today--and not yet delivering on its complex nose. (ST) Inner quote mark (8/2011)

K&L Notes

82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Merlot, and 2% Petit Verdot.

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