2017 Calon-Ségur, St-Estèphe (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1355636 96 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark Fine tannins give this wine its structure and its essence. It is a wine constructed with firmness, bringing out a dry core, allied to a more velvet character. The black fruits are developing well and the ensemble of the wine will be in perfect harmony. (RV) Inner quote mark (3/2020)

95 points Decanter

Outer quote mark This is gorgeous. Rich, silky, bright and perky, and full of grace. A real purity to the blueberry and blackberry fruits, and soft elongated tannins. Highly recommended for its classicism. Has the austerity of 2017 but gives it real polish, and it raises its game through the palate. 19 months aging. (JA) Inner quote mark (11/2019)

95 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark As you’d expect, the grand vin ratchets up the intensity. The 2017 Chateau Calon Segur is 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot, and 2% each of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot aged 20 months all in new barrels. This deep, inky hued 2017 boasts medium to full-bodied aromas and flavors of creme de cassis, leafy herbs, and mineral nuances. It stays tight and compact on the palate, has wonderful Saint-Estephe Cabernet character, ripe tannins, and is just a classic, balanced effort ... Inner quote mark (2/2020)

95 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark Graphite, wild herbs, bracken, violets and such spicy black and blue berries. The palate has impressive concentration, yet very supple, charming texture. Such impressively articulated tannin detail with very fine, long tannins and deeply integrated oak. This wine is so full of flavor and interest from start to finish. A blend of 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot. Inner quote mark (1/2020)

95 points Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Medium to deep garnet-purple colored, the 2017 Calon-Ségur features warm plums, cassis, baked cherries and mulberries, earth, meats and cedar on the nose with notes of lavender and olives. The palate is medium-bodied, elegant and intense with firm, fine-grained tannins and great length, finishing minerally. (LPB) Inner quote mark (3/2020)

93 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2017 Calon-Ségur was bottled at the beginning of July 2019. This is clearly more intense and complex than the Marquis de Calon with blackberry, bilberry, traces of brine and discrete tobacco aromas. Classic in style with the Cabernet component clearly more expressive than previous vintages (a long-term policy as they reconfigure vineyard planting). The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin and superb balance. There is a natural and effortless feel to this nascent Calon-Ségur, very focused with a "cool" and slightly reserved finish. Classy and, dare I say, it represents one of the few 2017s that may challenge its 2018 counterpart. (NM) Inner quote mark (2/2020)

93 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Ripe and focused, featuring a solid core of plum and black cherry fruit, supported by a well-embedded cast iron note. Sweet tobacco, bay leaf and lavender details fill in the background while the fruit takes an encore on the finish. A very solid effort. (JM, Web Only-2020) Inner quote mark

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark Inky core with black-cherry rim. Ripe, dark and with a fine mineral cast to the cassis fruit, which is ripe but not sweet. Paper-fine tannins in many layers. Great ageing potential but also accessible. Deceptively accessible, suggesting lack of ageing ability, but I don't think that is the case. Cool, fresh, serious, fine cassis fruit. The finesse comes from the lack of sweetness but there's no lack of fruit. Dry, firm and very St-Estèphe, with tannin structure. But the structure is filled molecule by molecule with the fruit. It's so finely balanced. There's more firmness than in Cos but there's still excellent harmony. Opens to a hint of violets. Super-moreish and juicy even with the structure of the terroir. (JH) 17.5+/20 points Inner quote mark (4/2018)

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By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/16/2018 | Send Email
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76%CS, 13% M, 9%CF, 2%PV. Lovely red fruit and rose petal aromas meshed with some soft, toasty oak. Very sweet palate entry and a forward ripe mid palate. So elegant and refined. Long, lingering finish with a touch of tannin. Superb wine and better than their 2015. Do not miss these northern medoc 2017s.
Drink from 2021 to 2031

By: Ralph Sands | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/7/2018 | Send Email
76% Cabernet Sauvignon 30% Merlot 9% Cab Franc 2% PV 2017 Calon is a very friendly Calon with round red fruits, soft and lush on the palate. This is a nice, easy mid-term Calon and very tasty. Ralph Sands

By: Ryan Moses | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/20/2018 | Send Email
On a run of late, 2017 Calon Segur was very compelling on both occasions tasted. Reticent aromas of graphite, soil, and dark fruit lead to bright red cherry, fine grain tannin. Great structure, focus, and purity of fruit lead to a balanced St Estephe that is more and more competing with Montrose and Cos for the title of top of the region. This 2017 handled the vintage's challenges deftly. Drink 2022-2035.

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