En Primeur Bordeaux 2013

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[Add to wish list] [Add to pre-order list] Caisse Duclot 8 Bt (1xMouton, Lafite, Haut Brion, Yquem, Margaux, Petrus, Mission, Cheval) Unreleased - - - - - - -
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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] Canon St Emilion £370 £300 - £480 - 17-18 89-91 91-92 90-92 90
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Cherry and plum, luxurious violet and pepper scent. Attractive layering of flavour and high tannins that don’t seem too ambitious given the good concentration on the mid palate. Good length too. Has a lovely sense of traditional structure with generous, sweet fruit and plenty of development to come. (17+)

Score: 17 - 18 JancisRobinson.com, Richard Hemming, JancisRobinson.com Maturity: 2019-2026

Mid-ruby colour. Lots of high-toned redcurrant fruit aromas and black tea. Bright and lively on entry then the fruit builds in the mouth to reasonable density of pure red cherries. Fresh and supple with a crisp finish.

Score: 89 - 91 Albany Vintners

A delicate and refined young red with a seductive and fresh character. Medium to full body, with a lovely subtle tangerine peel and a very fine silky texture. Bright acidity. All in elegance.

Score: 91 - 92 James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com

The 2013 is the first vintage in a long time with a high percentage of Cabernet Franc: a blend of 65% Merlot and 35% Cabernet Franc. The vines were de-leafed on one side in July and the second side in September to achieve ripeness. It was picked from 1 October until 10 October and sees 70% new oak. There is a subtle marine influence on the nose with touches of marmalade and seaweed infusing the red berry fruit. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins. This feels plush in the mouth with an attractive spicy, confit finish. This is a finely tuned, elegant Canon in the making. Nothing new there. Tasted April 2014.

Score: 90 - 92 Neal Martin, erobertparker.com

Fresh, brambly nose. Dark and red fruit with a leafy note. Mid-palate is smooth and sweet. Firmness and length on the finish.

Score: 90 Decanter, Decanter.com Maturity: 2019-2030

Shows a slightly firm woodsy frame, with balsa wood and sandalwood notes guiding the modest cherry and damson plum fruit. Presents a lightly dusty edge through the finish, leaning toward the austere side. This feels like the winemaking overreached a bit.

Score: 86 - 89 James Molesworth, Wine Spectator

[Add to shopping basket] Cantemerle Haut Medoc £190 £175 - £225 - 16-17 87-89 - - 88
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Black cherry, savoury and structural. No lack of ripeness, but pretty firm and unyielding at this stage. Reliable, classic claret with very enjoyable savoury character. (16.5)

Score: 16 - 17 JancisRobinson.com, Richard Hemming, JancisRobinson.com Maturity: 2018-2028

Sweet confected nose with plums, then pure fruit and mentholated notes, finishing dry.

Score: 87 - 89 Albany Vintners

Good fresh red and black fruits, some depth and class. An elegant southern Médoc.

Score: 88 Decanter, Decanter.com Maturity: 2017-2024

Charming, with slightly high-pitched red cherry and damson plum fruit lined with a violet note. Not dense by any stretch, but manages purity and balance.

Score: 87 - 90 James Molesworth, Wine Spectator

[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

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