Tasting Notes Calon-Segur 1982
Like Certan de May, I bought this in both half and 750 ml bottles. Only recently have the half bottles reached full maturity, and the 750 ml remains a massive, backward wine for long-term aging. A dense, opaque garnet color is followed by notes of roasted meats, herbs, black currants, incense, and damp earth. Full-bodied, still extremely tannic (sweet but noticeable tannins), rich, and backward, where perfectly stored, this 1982 will last for another 50 years. The estate has always compared it to their 1947, which is still a vibrant wine, and the 1982 should be just as profound. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2040. Release price ($110.00/case)
Tasted at Pebbles/Zachy's 1982 dinner in Hong Kong. The Calon-Segur 1982 has a lifted nose, still mellow like previous bottles and not overly complex. But it offers delightful scents of mulberry, leather, Chinese tea and leather. It actually improves in the glass: sultry at first but opening over 15 to 20-minutes. The palate is medium-bodied with firm grip. There is just a touch of brettanomyces here that imparts that animally tincture, although it is less pronounced than on previous bottles with a linearity and graphite notes that brings you back closer to Bordeaux, not so much to Saint Estephe but Pauillac. This was replicated in another bottle tasted in Basel three weeks later. It constitutes an 'upstanding' Calon-Segur that should drink well for another decade. Tasted November 2012.