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[Add to waiting list] Calon Segur St Estephe £420 £300 - £480 Sold Out 92-94 17 91-94 89-90 89-91 92
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The 2013 Calon Segur is unquestionably one of the stars of the vintage. The harvest ran from early October for the Merlot grape and to the second full week of October for the Cabernet Sauvignon. I don’t recall (although I’d have to go through all my notes for the last 3-4 years) a Calon Segur with this high a percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon, as Merlot has always been a prominent player in the final blend. It is opaque purple in color with a glorious nose of incense, crème de cassis, licorice and a touch of graphite. The wine is full-bodied, opulent, fleshy and surprisingly deep and dense, especially for a wine from this vintage. It is almost atypically thick and rich for a 2013. Nevertheless, the tannins are soft and the wine should be relatively approachable after 2-3 years bottle age. This is a property on the move, upward. Smart and shrewd readers will take a look at this vintage, as well as future vintages of Calon Segur, a terroir with true first-growth potential.

Score: 92 - 94 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate

92% Cabernets, 6% Merlot (normally more like 25%), 2% Petit Verdot. Rich, scented perfume on the nose, medium body and pretty intense tannins, very compact and restricting on the palate. Deserves some maturation, but doesn’t have the body and concentration to go very long term. (17+)

Score: 17 JancisRobinson.com, Richard Hemming, JancisRobinson.com Maturity: 2020-2025

The highest Cabernet vintage ever here with 92% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Merlot and 2% Petit Verdot. A ripe nose with nice concentrated black fruits at the core, with nice weight of licorice, minerals and black plums. Juicy and vivacious with a lovely, long pure fruit finish. Very harmonious and polished. Vincent Millet (formerly winemaker of Chateau Margaux ) has made a beautifully elegant and polished Calon.

Score: 91 - 94 Albany Vintners

This is fresh and spicy with currant and berry character. Medium to full body with hazelnut, currant and hints of cloves.

Score: 89 - 90 James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com

The Calon Segur 2013 is a blend of 92% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Merlot and 2% Petit Verdot delivering 13.1% alcohol raised for 20 months (eventually) entirely new oak. There was a little chaptalization with respect to the Cabernet Sauvignon. It actually included 19% vin de presse, which was included in this sample. The wood comes through quite strongly on the aromatics at first and at the moment it seems to dominate the fruit. The palate is medium-bodied with tobacco infused black fruit. This is balanced with well-judged acidity, a little softer towards the finish than previous recent vintages. It is a pleasant Calon-Segur but it needs to develop more personality, but it is a successful wine considering the growing season.

Score: 89 - 91 Neal Martin, erobertparker.com

Wonderful expression of Cabernet Sauvignon (92%), cassis, slightly smoky, all elegance from St-Estèphe, a finely polished wine.

Score: 92 Decanter, Decanter.com

This has freshness and cut, with lively bay and savory notes leading the way for a mix of red and black currant fruit. Iron-tinged minerality lines the finish, featuring judicious, integrated toast. A very solid effort.

Score: 89 - 92 James Molesworth, Wine Spectator

The 2013 Calon Ségur is refined and polished to the core. Sweet tobacco, graphite, crushed rocks and dark fruit all meld together in the glass. A wine of notable grace and elegance, the 2013 is all about finesse. A pure crystalline finish rounds things out in style. This is a promising showing. (90-92+ Points)

Score: 90 - 92 Antonio Galloni, www.vinousmedia.com

[Add to shopping basket] Capbern Gasqueton St Estephe £120 - - 17 - - 86-88 89
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91% Cabernets, 6% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot. Lovely medicinal character, classic blackcurrant fruit, dry but not at all astringent. The tannins are grippy but welcoming. This suits its medium body, seems to be very restrained and traditional. Lovely!

Score: 17 JancisRobinson.com, Richard Hemming, JancisRobinson.com Maturity: 2017-2027

The Chateau Capbern-Gasqueton 2013 is a blend of 60% Merlot and 40% Cabernet Sauvignon raised in 30% new wood. It has a light graphite scented bouquet that is a little subdued on the moment. The palate is medium-bodied with grainy tannins; graphite infused black fruit with a light classic finish. This is easy drinking but deftly crafted.

Score: 86 - 88 Neal Martin, erobertparker.com

Fragrant red and black fruits nose, freshness and minerality on the palate, very elegant wine.

Score: 89 Decanter, Decanter.com Maturity: 2017-2026

Light savory and pepper hints fleck a core of soft plum and cherry fruit, with a floral twinge on the finish.

Score: 86 - 89 James Molesworth, Wine Spectator

[Add to shopping basket] Cos d'Estournel St Estephe £900 £600 - £900 - 17 90-92 90-91 91-93 91
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78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc. Closed on the nose, very strong tannins binding everything together, great depth and concentration and power, yet at such modest alcohol. This is a rare advantage of 2013; flavour ripeness at lower alcohol. Pretty impenetrable at this stage. Deserves the same cellaring as a ‘normal’ vintage to give it the best opportunity. (17.5)

Score: 17 JancisRobinson.com, Richard Hemming, JancisRobinson.com Maturity: 2021-2033

78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc. Deep purple. An attractively complex nose with pure black fruit, cocoa and star anise character, following through onto the palate, immediately pleasureable and easy. Medium weight, with clean glossy fruit.

Score: 90 - 92 Albany Vintners

A fresh, spicy young wine with a subtle fruit and tannin structure. Bright fruit and acidity. It’s like the 1985 but cleaner. I like the balance to this for the vintage. Only 12.7% alcohol.

Score: 90 - 91 James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com

The Grand Vin is a blend of 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc picked between 27 September and 10 October at 26.3hl/ha. It is being raised in 60% new oak and the alcohol level is around 12.7%. The fruit was sorted in the vineyard, two trips through the vineyard to weed out the millerande berries. I like the focus on the nose. It is not powerful but it is intense and very well defined with blackberry and cassis notes unfolding in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with firm tannins, a crisp level of acidity and overall, a somewhat relaxed feel, a nonchalant Cos d'Estournel that has accepted the growing season for what it is. It is actually cut from a similar cloth to the Montrose this year, although I find a little more persistency coming through towards the finish. This is a decent Cos d'Estournel that will need 4 to 6 years in bottle.

Score: 91 - 93 Neal Martin, erobertparker.com

Rich colour, fragrant nose with fine aromatic complexity to come, robust and slightly spicy on the palate, leaner than usual, good long-term.

Score: 91 Decanter, Decanter.com Maturity: 2019-2030

Cloves, cinnamon, menthol, plums and spices meld together in the 2013 Cos d'Estournel. Suave and silky to the core, the 2013 impresses for its balance and class. This isn't a huge wine, but all the elements fall into place effortlessly. In 2013, Cos is 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc.

Score: 90 - 92 Antonio Galloni, www.vinousmedia.com

[Add to shopping basket] Cos Labory St Estephe £200 £170 - £210 - 17 89-91 87-88 87-89 88
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Sweet, generous, juicy fruit. Lots of smoky character too. Rounded, supple but with fine tannic definition on the finish. Good, ageworthy potential.

Score: 17 JancisRobinson.com, Richard Hemming, JancisRobinson.com Maturity: 2018-2028

A lovely nose of actual richness here. Rich middle, fresh and well balanced. Nicely done.

Score: 89 - 91 Albany Vintners

Good spice, light berry and mineral character in this wine. Medium body, firm tannins and a crisp finish. Nicely done here for the vintage.

Score: 87 - 88 James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com

I tasted two samples of this wine. Firstly at a negoçiant, it had a surprisingly perfumed bouquet with simple but charming strawberry and raspberry fruit laced with cedar and tobacco. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins, well judged acidity and an impressive sense of harmony and composure on the finish. This is a successful wine from the estate for the vintage - one of its most pleasant surprises. Secondly at the Union de Grand Cru, it did not flow as much as the previous sample and seemed a little harder. My score is equidistant between my evaluations.

Score: 87 - 89 Neal Martin, erobertparker.com

Fine deep colour, good Cabernet and Merlot fruit, good ripenss and nice finish, good wine.

Score: 88 Decanter, Decanter.com Maturity: 2017-2026

Dark stone fruits, smoke, tobacco and new leather are some of the notes that emerge from the 2013 Cos Labory. The 2013 possesses good depth and immediacy, but the tannins are a bit rough around the edges at this stage. Overall, this is a solid showing.

Score: 85 - 88 Antonio Galloni, www.vinousmedia.com

[Add to shopping basket] Dame de Montrose (2nd wine of Montrose) St Estephe £210 £170 - £240 - - - 86-87 85-87 88
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Fresh, fruity red with hints of spice and currant character. Medium body with light tannins and a crisp finish. Pleasant second wine from Montrose.

Score: 86 - 87 James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com

The second wine is a blend of 69% Merlot, 18% Cabernet Sauvignon and 13% Cabernet Franc. It has a surprisingly precocious nose because of the slightly higher percentage of Merlot. The oak is a little obvious at the moment. The palate is ripe on the entry, a little chewy perhaps with a firm grip, a solid La Dame de Montrose that feels just a little pushed towards the finish at the moment.

Score: 85 - 87 Neal Martin, erobertparker.com

Lovely cassis nose, smooth and almost silky fruit, lots of charm.

Score: 88 Decanter, Decanter.com Maturity: 2016-2024

Dark red cherry, plum, graphite, gravel, smoke and cured meats all take shape in the 2013 La Dame de Montrose. Deceptively medium in body, this tightly-wound, mineral-driven red offers plenty of potential, although it will need time in bottle to soften some of the contours. A distinctly savory, floral minerally finish rounds things out. There is a lot to like here, including the wine's considerable early appeal and relatively delicate personality. This is a terrific second wine. Tasted twice.

Score: 88 - 90 Antonio Galloni, www.vinousmedia.com

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