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2020 Calon-Segur

By Chateau Calon-Segur

2020 Calon-Segur from Chateau Calon-Segur, St-Estephe, Bordeaux

Nestled in the emblematic appellation of St-Estephe, Bordeaux, the venerable Chateau Calon-Segur presents a vintage which deftly showcases the harmony between nature’s bounty and human craftsmanship. The 2020 Calon-Segur embodies the intrinsic resilience and adaptability of Bordeaux’s terroir amidst increasingly challenging climatic conditions.


Distinctively 2020: A Vintage of Vigour

The convergence of both Atlantic temperance and occasional rigours have historically sculpted St-Estephe's vineyards. Yet, it is the tempered alacrity of the 2020 season that allowed Chateau Calon-Segur's vines to yield grapes of magnificent constitution. The well-timed climatic reprieves offered the fruit a serene sojourn to achieve ripeness marked by balance and depth.

In the glass, one is greeted by the wine's deep garnet hue, an overture to its confident structure. On the nose, this 2020 vintage carries the region’s hallmarks – cassis coupled with an erstwhile whisper of cedar, yet here it is finely laced with a more vivid minerality speaking to the singularity of this year's harvest. Palate-wise, layers unfold with impeccable grace; black cherries and tobacco create a tapestry interwoven with firm yet silky tannins – an embodiment of elegance matched with endurance.


An Investment in Terroir and Time

In considering fine wine investments, foresight is as crucial as the glass in hand. The 2020 Calon-Segur from Chateau Calon-Segur contends not just as a bottle for the cellar but emerges as a testament to St-Estephe's indefatigable spirit, encapsulating a moment in time where challenge begot beauty.

Connoisseurs and investors alike should note this vinous exemplar for its representational value as much as its delectable virtues. This refinement seen in the 2020 vintage assures that as it embarks on its journey through time, its evolution will be watched with rapt anticipation by those who treasure both Bordeaux’s traditions and triumphs.

Without dropping into hyperbole – something my seasoned palate guards against fiercely – I proffer that the 2020 Calon-Segur is a pivotal chapter in Chateau Calon-Segur's storied legacy; a vintage marked by its poised reaction to adversity, promising allure for both today's decanters and tomorrow's dividends.

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The 2020 Calon-Ségur is a blend of 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot. It is aging in 100% new French oak barrels for an anticipated 18 to 20 months. The alcohol is 13.8%. Displaying a deep purple-black color, it straight away springs up with bright scents of freshly picked black raspberries, kirsch and blackberries, needing considerable swirling to reveal a vast array of nuances—rose oil, cardamom, iron ore, graphite, lavender and aniseed. The medium-bodied palate has a solid structure of firm, ripe, grainy tannins and plenty of freshness supporting the tightly wound red and black fruit layers, accented by lots of mineral and floral sparks, finishing with impressive length and depth. Beautiful, beautiful wine!

Lisa Perrotti-Brown - The Wine Advocate, 20 May 2021

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