The 2010 is performing well,. With Cabernet Sauvignon dominating the blend, the wine has a dense plum/purple color along with notes of underbrush, black currants, plum, licorice, smoky charcuterie and some roasted herbs in the background. Full-bodied, moderately tannic and set for an extremely long life, this will not be a wine to please those looking for immediate gratification. Rather, I would suspect this wine will close down even further in bottle and, despite its full-bodied, powerful, massive size, it will need at least a decade of cellaring before it is accessible. This is another 2010 capable of lasting 35-50 years.
|Score: 94+||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (205), March 2013|
A higher alcohol content (13.8% versus 13.4% in 2009), but lower pH (3.7 versus 3.9 in 2009) has resulted in a concentrated, textured wine that requires a decade of cellaring. It will keep for 35-40 years thereafter. The 2010 harvest at Calon Segur occurred between September 25 and October 14, and the final blend was 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot and 2% Petit Verdot. A dense ruby/purple color is followed by notes of plums, kirsch, licorice, incense and herbs. Full-bodied, moderately tannic, pure, fresh and precise, this beauty will require lots of patience from prospective purchasers. Anticipated maturity: 2020-2050
|Score: 92/94+||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (194), May 2011|
Tasted blind at the Southwold Bordeaux 2010 tasting. The Calon-Ségur 2010 has a clean and fresh, classic bouquet with black fruit, leather, scorched earth and bay leaf scents that unfold gently in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins, light acidity, very fine harmony and a dash of white pepper towards the long finish. This is classy and sophisticated, a great wine from François Millet and his team. Tasted January 2014.
|Score: 94||Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, February 2014|
The Calon-Segur has a very fragrant bouquet with perfumed raspberry coulis, fresh strawberry, limestone and a hint of dried rose petals - very feminine for Calon-Segur - certainly a Saint Estèphe with great breeding. The palate is medium-bodied with superb acidity right from the start. It is taut, tightly coiled, brilliantly focused and though it does possess the bravura of Cos d'Estournel's its precision and linearity is enthralling. Again, there is that graphite note just coming through on the aftertaste. This is classic Saint Estephe and a testament to the late Mme Gasqueton. Tasted November 2012.
|Score: 95||Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, February 2012|
Primeur sample tasted at the Château, the Calon-Segur is a blend of 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot and 2% Petit Verdot, the Cabernet cropped between the 5th and 14th October. It has all those tertiary, smoky scents one associated with this Saint Estephe, quite rustic when compared to Montrose '10 but full of character and freshness. The palate is medium-bodied with quite brusque tannins on the entry, a little aggressive when compared to some of the other primeur samples but this will be polished by the oak before bottling. There is a lot of matière: masculine, earthy, gentle but insistent grip that leads to finish as redoubtable as Mme Gasqueton herself, It is a little rough round the edges at this stage and I just feel that 100% new oak is maybe a little excessive? Nonetheless, it retains freshness and is very promising. Drink 2020- Tasted March 2011.
|Score: 91/93+||Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, April 2011|
Sure pure fruit to this red with a minerality and floral undertone. You can smell the warm stones. Full body, with a beautiful depth of fruit and velvety tannins. Dense and balanced. Layered with a light salty and meaty character as well. Great length. Mostly Cabernet Sauvignon. Try in 2017.
|Score: 96||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, February 2013|
A racy and refined red, with currants and hints of tobacco. Full and very silky. Delicate and elegant. Very long, with wonderful acidity. So friendly at this stage. A touch of fresh herbs. Like to see a little more concentration but outstanding. 86 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, 12 percent Merlot and 27 percent Petit Verdot
|Score: 92/93||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, March 2011|
86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot, 2% Petit Verdot. With 14% press wine all in new oak. Extremely deep purple. Really racy and energetic on the nose (compared to Montrose..?) and with great saveur on the palate. The press wine is a little evident at the moment. Very racy and fine and terroir-driven. No added sweetness. Neat and long and very authentic. No extremes; no complexes; no obvious trying? Winemaker Vincent Millet worked at Ch Margaux eight years which gave him, he says, the technique of working the Cabernet Sauvignon to gentle effect. He felt he could add finesse to the tannins.
|Score: 18||Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2011|
This classic Chateau has one of the greatest terroirs of Bordeaux. Quality is always high but en primeur prices are usually reasonable - especially so in comparison to those of traditional rivals and neighbours Cos d'Estournel and Montrose. There is a new winemaker - Vincent Millet, brought in from Chateau Margaux. The owner, Madame Gasqueton has been here a long time and doesn't need to produce a show-off style of wine. The wine comes from a plot of 38 hectares of which 26 are in production and average age of the vines is 20 years old. Hail storms at the end of May meant that production was reduced by 50% (this was very high considering Ormes de Pez only had 18% reduction from same hail storms). The encepagement this year is 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 10% Petit Verdot. 13.7% alcohol. The harvest took place between 5 - 15th October. Elevage in 80% new oak barrels and 20% in one year old. Dark crimson in colour with a bright, glossy rim. Nice smokiness on the nose with oak and leather also present. There appears great purity of fruit here, with a silky smooth and rounded mouth feel. It is clear there is good concentration of flavours and concentration, however what really surprises is the freshness of the acidity on the finish. Great length. Classic and classily refined.
|Score: 17||Farr Vintners, April 2011|
The nose has lots of different black fruits with a mix of bramble and black cherry. Freshness is very much in evidence on the palate quite light and fragrant. Sweeter more concentrated cassis shows towards the back the sweetness helped by ripe feeling tannins. The finish is bright and long.
|Score: 91/95||Derek Smedley MW, April 2011|
|Score: 97||Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com, April 2011|
Superb expression of black fruits, sensational depth of supple/succulent flavours, great harmony, purity and length, for me the best Saint-Estèphe this year. Drink 2020-50.
|Score: 19||Steven Spurrier, Decanter.com, April 2011|