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2011 Calon-Segur

By Chateau Calon-Segur

2011 Calon-Segur from Chateau Calon-Segur, St-Estephe, Bordeaux

It is among the noble vintages of St-Estephe where the 2011 Calon-Segur from Chateau Calon-Segur carves out its unique narrative. This particular year whispers a tale of vinicultural challenges; primarily, an early flowering followed by an intemperate summer. Nevertheless, the adept hands at Chateau Calon-Segur harnessed these conditions to their advantage, producing a wine of unexpected charm and resilience.


Vintage Challenges Met with Mastery

The 2011 vintage, while not hailed as the most illustrious in the decade, saw Chateau Calon-Segur seize the reins tightly, executing a wine of remarkable balance. The harvest's struggle against climatic adversities has instilled in the wine a certain spirited complexity – a testament to the estate's venerable terroir and insightful winemaking.

The 2011 offering delivers a deftly woven tapestry of ripe berries and cassis, underscored by an earthy minerality that conveys the gravitas of St-Estephe's hallowed soil. Subtle oak ageing has integrated seamlessly with the tannins, softening into a finish that betrays hints of tobacco and spices, inviting one to explore the wine’s evolving layers with each sip.


An Astute Investment for the Discerning Collector

In the arena of fine wine investments, it is often vintages like 2011 that capture our fascination. Such wines may not have arrived on a tidal wave of fanfare, yet they possess an inherent quality matched with room for maturation – making them prudent acquisitions for the forward-thinking investor.

The virtue held by the 2011 Calon-Segur from Chateau Calon-Segur lies not solely in its immediate appeal but in its promising trajectory of development. For enthusiasts seeking to diversify their portfolio with a poised St-Estephe specimen, this vintage confers an astute choice with significant potential.

In conclusion, the 2011 Calon-Segur is a dark horse worthy of attention within your investment ensemble – emblematic of a Chteau's triumph over nature's hurdles and yielding a wine that narrates both history and promise in its elegant poise.

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A red with wonderful aromas of blackberries, spices and plums that follow through to a full body, with lovely integrated tannins and a polished, fine finish. Better in 2017.

James Suckling -, February 19th 2014


A blend 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot and 2% Petit Verdot and this includes the vin de presse. It has a refined bouquet of dark berries, wild hedgerow and a touch of rose petals, and seems lighter than the 2009 or 2010, although it displays fine delineation and sense of femininity. The palate is medium-bodied with a pleasing, rounded entry where the Merlot neatly fleshes out the Cabernet. It is not a complex Calon Segur, neither does it possess the spine-tingling backbone and tension of the 2010. But is has a satisfying purity and a lovely smooth, silky texture towards the finish and a minerally aftertaste that lingers longer than I expected. This may merit a higher score after bottling. Tasted April 2012.

Neal Martin - Wine Journal May 2012


Its bigger sister, the well-made 2011 Calon Segur boasts a dense ruby/purple color, sweet cassis and black cherry fruit intermixed with hints of earth, oak and spice, medium body, moderate tannin, a pure mouthfeel and a long finish. Give it 3-4 years of bottle age and enjoy it over the next 10-15 years.

Robert Parker Jr - The Wine Advocate, 29 April 2014

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