2018 Calon-Ségur, St-Estèphe 6-Pack in OWC (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1415140 99 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark Easily the greatest example from this château that I've tasted, the 2018 Château Calon Ségur checks in as 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc, and the balance Petit Verdot aged 20 months in new French oak. This dense purple-hued beauty boasts a stunning nose of blackcurrants, crème de cassis, tobacco, baking spices, chocolate, and cedarwood. With full-bodied richness, a layered, multi-dimensional texture, gorgeous tannins, and one seriously long finish, it hits that palate with 15% alcohol, yet you wouldn't know it by tasting it, and the wine is perfectly balanced, has incredible purity of fruit, and stays fresh and lively, with a clean finish. Inner quote mark (3/2021)

96-99 points Vinous

Outer quote mark A stratospheric, regal wine, Calon Ségur embodies all the best qualities of the vintage. Rich to the point of being exotically ripe, 2018 reminds me of the 2014 in its composition, but with more of everything. On the palate, the 2018 is towering and statuesque, with soaring structure and tremendous overall intensity. Striking aromatic top notes and bright saline underpinnings give the 2018 its energy, tension and nuance. As in 2014, the entirety of the château's Cabernet Franc went into the Grand Vin. Inky, powerful and explosive, Calon Ségur is a headspinning wine. Don't miss it! (AG) Inner quote mark (4/2019)

96-98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2018 Calon-Ségur is blended of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot (14.9% alcohol). It is anticipated to age for 20 months in barriques, 100% new. Deep garnet-purple colored, it needs just a little coaxing before it reveals seductive notes of baked cherries, warm cassis, licorice and smoked meats with nuances of hoisin, camphor, Chinese five spice and dried roses with a waft of cardamom. Full-bodied and completely packed with concentrated black fruit and spice layers, it has a firm frame of grainy tannins and a wicked backbone of freshness giving an energetic lift to the very long finish. There's lots of brightness coming from the Cabernet Franc component in here, but it is nonetheless a decadent expression. (LPB) Inner quote mark (4/2019)

97 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark Aromas of redcurrants and plums with blueberries and black licorice, following through to a full body that’s so refined and polished, the tannins integrated wonderfully into the fruit. Fresh, linear and persistent. Real clarity and purity to this. Inner quote mark (1/2021)

97 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark This is a dense, generous wine. Swathes of black fruits are packed with concentrated tannins. Its power is palpable, as is its luxuriously rich future. The wine will take plenty of aging, so don’t drink before 2027. *Cellar Selection* (RV) Inner quote mark (3/2021)

95 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Ripe, fresh and well-defined from start to finish, this lets cassis and dark plum notes race through, carried by a graphite edge and backed with dark tobacco, warm earth and chestnut accents on the finish. Has serious grip and drive. (JM) Inner quote mark (1/2021)

94 points Decanter

Outer quote mark Rose petal, cinnamon and cedar. An exotic feel overall held in by firm tannins that are welcome in the sense of the restraint that they add. Chocolate and coffee abound along with cassis fruits. I get the same impression as I did during en primeur - that this is a slightly atypical Calon-Ségur in its concentration and character, even though it has a seductive appeal. (JA) Inner quote mark (11/2020)

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark Darkest cherry colour. Lifted and fragrant, very Cabernet Franc on the nose. Both black and dark-red fruit, almost raspberry, but pencil shavings too. Super-fine tannins, so silky already, so fluent, though there is clearly a density and concentration here in the texture as it builds in the mouth. Lovely dry texture on the finish, dark-fruited but full of life – I would not have thought this had so much new oak as it is swallowed by the fruit. (JH) 18/20 Inner quote mark (4/2019)

K&L Notes

PLEASE NOTE: This product is 6 bottles in its Original Wooden Case (OWC), sold only as a 6-bottle case to protect ideal provenance. If the wines must be shipped, they will be sent in pulp shippers to protect the bottles, with the wood case shipped separately. Will Call or Local Delivery orders can be handled as intact OWCs. Please detail any special handling requests at checkout online, or call us with specific instructions.


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By: Trey Beffa | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/10/2019 | Send Email
Loaded with fleshy red fruits, espresso and blackberries. Pure, fresh and vibrant, this wine coats the palate. The finish long and tannins are firm but ripe and integrated. Quite high alcohol at 14.9% but this wine still shows a ton of finesse and beauty! 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petit Verdot. One of the top wines of the vintage!

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