Robert Parker 89
A bottle served at the Chinese following the Calon vertical, this is your typical â€œchunkyâ€ Calon-Segur, the ones you come across in mediocre vintages. A deep garnet colour, the nose is intense with blackberry, bilberry, green peppers and charcoal ” all rather unresolved at the moment. The palate is full-bodied with bold and brassy tannins, quite dry, a tangible green streak and lacking some flesh, but then again this is a Saint Estephe. There is a carefree attitude to this wine: you just take it as you find it and don’t make too much of a fuss, so I won’t apart from saying that I actually prefer this to the 2003. Drink 2012-2025. Tasted November 2008.
Anticipated maturity: 2012-2025
Deep ruby-red. Aromas of cherry, mocha, milk chocolate and iron. Chewy and on the dry side but stuffed with flavors of cherry, plum, iron, tobacco and mocha. This has fat and sweetness for the year, along with a suggestion of herbs. Finishes with dusty tannins and moderate lift.
[“very good” CS 60%, M 30%, CF 10%; average yield 50 hl/ha; picked by 12 Oct; vineyard not touched by any shortage of water according to owner Madame Gasqueton.] Deep purple. Very concentrated and yet fragrant too (this is usually contradictory). Lively, well balanced, very fine tannins, silky textured. Good balance with lots of fruit on the front palate. Quite integrated with minerality like Latour. Mid weight (lighter than Latour). Confident and vivacious without a hint of tartiness.
Anticipated maturity: 2014-2028