1990 Calon-Ségur, St-Estèphe (1.5L)

SKU #1374532 93 points Wine Spectator

 Super. Dark ruby-red. Intense aromas of violets, licorice, plums and berries. Full-bodied, with a thick, concentrated fruit structure and soft, velvety tannins. (JS)  (8/2000)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 This is certainly looking like a typical 1990 Left Bank. Dark brick core with tawny rim. Just a lovely nose that you could almost describe as half Saint Estephe and half Pomerol – lovely gamey quality, savoury, hot bricks, leather, a touch of ginger. Great definition and developing more mocha scents with time in the glass. The palate is full-bodied, lovely balance with great acidity, a sensuous texture, seeming to have softened since the last time I had this, a couple of years ago. Slightly lower in acidity but maintaining great freshness. Develops a slight menthol character with an hour in the glass. This is a wine you want to relish: unassuming and modest. A point. Drink now-2018. Tasted November 2008. (NM, Wine Journal)  (11/2008)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Very good color. Ripe cherries, herbs and chocolate on the nose. Suave and silky on the palate; densely constructed, but sound acids lend clarity to the flavors. Lovely balance and subtle finishing fruit. Showing very well early on for this wine, but has the structure to age. (ST)  (11/1993)

Jancis Robinson

 Mid-crimson with an evolved rim. Very very ripe and sweet and furry — as so often with 1990s, more expressive of the vintage than the property. Almost medicinal and mineral and with very attractive voluptuousness. Very sweet yet lively. Not enormous but beautifully balanced. 18.5/20 points. (JR)  (12/2001)

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

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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.