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2019 Calon-Segur

By Chateau Calon-Segur

2019 Calon-Segur from Chateau Calon-Segur, St-Estephe, Bordeaux

The desire of connoisseurs to encompass the splendour of St-Estephe in their portfolio found a noble candidate in the 2019 Calon-Segur from Chateau Calon-Segur. A vintage that only serves to bolster the eminent pedigree of this storied estate, it grants investors entree into a year where Bordeaux's enigmatic charm is intensely present.


Eloquent Expression of an Exquisite Vintage

Emerging gracefully from the vineyards cherished by generations, the 2019 offering articulates the virtues of a year lauded both for its robustness and its controlled sophistication. Indeed, it typifies the character one has come to expect of this Chateau, yet with nuances distinct to the vintage's favourable climatic nuances. The balanced progress of the growing season is etched in every sip: the judicious warmth that coaxed but never scalded, the fortuitous rains that quenched yet did not flood.

Radiating a nose rich with cassis and intricately laced with violets and graphite, this wine's composure on the palate belies any suspicion of its relative youth. Structured tannins provide an authoritative foundation without detracting from its poise. Indeed, here is an ambrosial dialectic – classic St-Estephe power moderated by seductive finesse. Dark fruit mingles with refined spices and just a hint of toasty oak courtesy of adroit barrelling that underscores rather than overpowers.


A Depiction of Time and Terroir

The 2019 vintage captures an essence where time-honoured technique intersects impeccable terroir. Its alluvial soils instil in the wine an earthy backbone, layering complexity into this seamless blend predominantly comprising Cabernet Sauvignon, accompanied by Merlot, with wisps of Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. A contained energy pulsates through this wine, harmonising potential with immediacy in a convergence destined for significant maturation.

For fine wine investors seeking to sort their cellars with vintages evoking both anticipation and reward, the 2019 Calon-Segur elucidates why Chateau Calon-Segur's reputation is as vibrant as ever. The investment merit posited by such a focused expression of Bordeaux's majestic capabilities lends itself to savour now, or cosset away for future delight — a testament to the enduring allure of fine wines that resonate with the voice of their vintage.

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Displaying a very deep purple-black color, the 2019 Calon-Ségur strides confidently out of the glass with classic notes of warm cassis, blackberry preserves, pencil shavings and clove oil plus nuances of lilacs, cinnamon stick, chocolate box and menthol. The medium to full-bodied palate is packed with tightly wound, muscular black fruits and loads of bright floral accents, framed by firm, fine-grained tannins and bold freshness, finishing long and graceful.

Lisa Perrotti-Brown - The Wine Advocate, 18 June 2020

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