Peter Maude Fine Wines

2023, Château Calon-Ségur, SAINT-ESTÈPHE

$165 ex. GST
$189.75 inc. GST
Estimated full landed price – $207.29

Last Year EP $222.00-

(3rd Growth 1855)

This classic château has one of the greatest terroirs of Bordeaux.
72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot.

The 2023 Calon-Ségur is another en primeur success for this resurgent Saint-Estèphe third growth. Wafting from the glass with aromas of cassis, pencil shavings, wild berries and plums, it's medium to full-bodied, cool and layered, with a deep and integrated core, terrific concentration, lively acids and refined structuring tannins, concluding with a long, penetrating finish.
94-96 William Kelley, Wine Advocate.

The 2023 Calon Ségur has a tight, cohesive bouquet of predominantly black fruit intermixed with wild hedgerow, tobacco and melted tar. The palate is medium-bodied with impressive grip on the entry - quite fresh, with a subtle marine tincture and a touch of Japanese nori in the background. It gently fans out on the finish, but it remains controlled and especially linear for Calon-Ségur, perhaps less swayed by the Merlot (15% of the blend). Classy.
92-94 Neal Martin.

Blackcurrant, blueberry, cedar, pine needle and black truffle here. I don't usually think much about the nose with barrel samples, but this is splendid. It's medium-bodied with very fresh acidity and fine, linear tannins that are long and lively. Energy here. Refined. Salty character at the last minute. I may like this better than 2022.
96-97 James Suckling.

Precise and confident texture to this wine, has higher levels of both Cabernets in 2023 than in 2022, having reached exceptional maturity, and personally I feel that have recaptured the heart and spirit of Calon. Skilfully made, love the violet peony savoury character, it's sappy and has liquorice root and squid ink salinity, along with tons of cassis and cigar box. The blend for this was built on Cabernet, and you can feel it. My favourite Calon since the 2020 vintage, hands down.
97 Jane Anson.

The 2023 Calon Ségur is a wine for readers who can be patient. In many recent years, Calon Ségur has been quite showy, but this is not one of them. Bold acids and huge tannins dominate at this stage. Bright red-toned fruit is a signature, but the 2023 is a powerful, young Calon Ségur that will clearly need time to come together. Bright acids extend the finish beautifully. 2033-2063.
94-96 Antonio Galloni, Vinous.

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