Calon Segur 2006

St Estephe, Third Growth

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Tasting Notes

A blend of 66% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot, and 1% Petit Verdot, the 2006 Calon Segur is an elegant, classic effort that represents about 60% of their total production. Deep ruby, with forest floor, cassis, black cherry, and soil undertones in both the aromas and flavors, this is a medium to full-bodied wine. A success for the vintage, it exhibits fine density, moderately high but sweet tannins, and alluring texture, and fine purity. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2035.

Score: 91

Robert Parker, Wine Advocate Maturity: 2014-2035 01 February 2009

The harvest at this estate was relatively late for the vintage (September 26-October 15), and approximately two-thirds of the production made it into the final blend of 64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot, and 3% Petit Verdot. The 2006 is highly successful, as Madame Gasqueton said, no doubt because of the de-leafing and crop-thinning done throughout the summer. A deep dark ruby/purple hue is accompanied by a sweet nose of black cherries, damp earth, and a hint of herbs. Medium-bodied with surprisingly soft tannin, no austerity, decent acidity, and a fruit-forward, fleshy personality, it should be accessible at an earlier age than the blockbuster 2005.

Score: 90 - 93

Robert Parker, Wine Advocate 30 April 2007

The harvest at this estate was relatively late for the vintage (September 26-October 15), and approximately two-thirds of the production made it into the final blend of 64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot, and 3% Petit Verdot. The 2006 is highly successful, as Madame Gasqueton said, no doubt because of the de-leafing and crop-thinning done throughout the summer. A deep dark ruby/purple hue is accompanied by a sweet nose of black cherries, damp earth, and a hint of herbs. Medium-bodied with surprisingly soft tannin, no austerity, decent acidity, and a fruit-forward, fleshy personality, it should be accessible at an earlier age than the blockbuster 2005.

Score: 90 - 93

Robert Parker 30 November -0001

A lovely wine with a solid core of fruit, silky tannins and chocolate, berry and light spice character. Long and balanced. Reminds me of the 1995.

Score: 92 - 94

James Suckling, Wine Spectator 01 April 2007

Remarkably deep crimson. Savoury, racy nose with good depth and confidence. Not heavy or rustic - really quite transparent and with almost Lafite-like lift and race. Well done with no greenness and just a little tightening on the finish. Finer than the more solid Montrose. Positively succulent! You might reproach it for being just a little lightweight…

Score: 17

Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com Maturity: 2015-2026 01 April 2007

This traditional estate situated at the northern end of of Saint Estephe, is run by one of Bordeaux’s grandes dames - the no-nonsense Madame Capbern-Gasqueton. Dependably one of the best value wines of Bordeaux with another outstanding wine in 2006. 64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot. The team at Calon Segur say that it is similar in style to the 1996 but with silkier tannins and more finesse. Deep dark crimson, with a pronounced nose of black cherry, plumskin, menthol and some animal earthiness. There is considerable body with smoky rich black fruit depth and freshness. Everything is here - texture, tannins, power and weight. A very complete Calon Segur, and the most generous St Estephe tasted.

Score: 92 - 94

Albany Vintners, - 01 April 2007

Tasted at a negotiant. Lucid garnet/ruby colour. The nose is very tight at first, but develops a lovely pure mineral aroma with a touch of earth, hedgerow and black fruits. Full bodied, fabulous balance and focus, well-defined tannins, complex with notes of blackberry, fresh tobacco, a touch of sous bois. Firm, tannic finish but maintaining freshness from start to finish. A fabulously good Calon Ségur courtesy of Mme. Gasqueton. Chapeau! Tasted April 2007.

Score: 94 - 96

Neal Martin, RobertParker.com 01 April 2007