The $10,000 Cellar, Part Three

Topping off the cellar with Cabernet-based wines


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If you’re looking for a true classic, look no further than Calon-ségur, a third growth for the northern reaches of Bordeaux’s left bank in the appellation of Saint-Estèphe. In contrast to the gravel beds that mark many of the region’s best vineyard locations, St. Estèphe’s soil tends to be heavier with lots of clay. These conditions have made the region famous for a rich, powerful yet rustic style of wine.

Even though Calon-ségur has become a bit more refined and polished over the year, it can’t lose its St. Estèphe toughness. These are wines that have an abundance of ripe tannins but plenty of fruit to buffer that toughness. Given time, the wines really transform into wonderfully complex and complete Bordeaux.

Calon-Segur $85 – The last classic St. Estephe?

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    Apr 18, 2012 at 4:23 PM

  • Snooth User: wine o200
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    Just trying a Tardieu Laurent 1997 Bandol at the moment, yes rustic, but those tannins are fine and dusty now. Should go with the lamb strips, capsicum , tomato, caramellised onion and bonconcini, or perhaps one of your right bank Bordeaux might fit the bill.

    Apr 20, 2012 at 9:09 AM

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