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Snooth User: panoskakaviatos

Pulled the trigger on Calon Segur 2011: no need to, but a passion purchase

Posted by panoskakaviatos, May 16, 2012.

There is virtually zero reason to buy Bordeaux 2011 en primeur, but there was one wine that I found so delicious, harmonious, and complete: Calon Segur. More charming than the rather tannic beast that 2010 is. Almost as good as the 2009. The price is right, for me. I bought a six pack.

Here notes from my blog on Bordeaux 2011: 

Among the Saint Estephes, Calon Segur remains the most impressive, although Montrose is noteworthy, very classical – and more expensive… Vincent Millet of Calon Segur told me that they had not suffered from hail and that their yields were rather high, about 42 hectoliters per hectare. Quite high for the 2011 vintage, considering that a wine like Chateau Palmer in Margaux had barely half those yields, to take one example. Montrose? Closer to 35 hectoliters per hectare. Another advantage in St Estephe, according to Millet, were that the colder clays kept the subsoil more humid than the gravels during much of the arid growing season, so that Cabernets grown on clay actually were able to mature better… because they did not suffer as much from the dry conditions. I did not taste Cos d’Estournel, but plan to visit and taste later this year, so stay tuned for updates.


Chateau Calon Segur is a wine to purchase in 2011. 13.3% alcohol, with fine acidity, the wine is made with 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot and 2% Petit Verdot. Tasted at the estate on 3 April with Vincent Millet. Aging in 100% new oak, I was amazed how the sample exuded both freshness and sap. No drying tannins, perhaps a touch of tonic austerity on the finish – we are not in 2009 in any case – but very impressively medium-plus bodied. I preferred tasting this at this stage to the 2010 at the same stage last year. Perhaps the 2010 will last longer? But the 2011 has far more charm. 92-95+


Reply by dmcker, May 17, 2012.

Hey, understand the sentiment, as well as logic, of your purchase. Some wines just speak to us.

I'm concerned, though, that it's about time for prices to rise with Calon Segur. Quality justifies it compared to many others, but that'll just make it another familliar label that I may lose touch with in the future....

Reply by JonDerry, May 17, 2012.

At least the Calon Segur is priced below current 05' levels, as all 11's should be.

Thanks for the notes Panos, sounds like an interesting wine.

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