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 Vintage1953 Label 1 of 123 
ProducerChâteau Calon-Ségur (web)
VarietyRed Bordeaux Blend
AppellationSt. Estèphe

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 1963 and 2015 (based on 1 user opinion)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Calon Segur on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 92.7 pts. and median of 93 pts. in 8 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by Jeff Leve on 8/16/2012 & rated 93 points: Truffle, smoke, Asian spice, Cuban cigar, earth, cassis, cherry and stone scents are easy to spot. In the mouth, the wine is soft, elegant, and almost exotic. Slightly past fully mature years ago, I imagine this was sublime about a decade ago. Calon Segur is not a wine I have been fond of over the years. After tasting two fully mature examples this year, the 1949 and now the 1953, I need to rethink my opinion on the wine. (2992 views)
 Tasted by don_quichotte on 6/15/2011 & rated 93 points: Seriously beautiful and enjoyable mature claret. Everything is fully resolved but still in balance, creating a wine that velvety in texture and sweet. Notes of mocha, chocolate, spices and a bit of tobacco. A real treat! (3102 views)
 Tasted by Captain Haddock on 6/14/2011 & rated 92 points: Silky and complex, with autumnal notes but a core of red fruit and a long, cigar-tobacco infused finish. Not the most intense wine but a delight. (3043 views)
 Tasted by Captain Haddock on 1/22/2011: Mid-shoulder ullage. Healthy colour. More volatile acidity than previous bottles. The acidity is a little jarring here. Out of balance. (3146 views)
 Tasted by Captain Haddock on 9/16/2010 flawed bottle: Slight cork taint. (3481 views)
 Tasted by Captain Haddock on 6/22/2010: First bottle from a case. Bordeaux-bottled by Barriere Freres. Lowish midshoulder ullage. This is my recollection the next morning. Cork fell straight into the bottle, happily in one piece. Decanted just before drinking as a result. Very lively strawberry colour. Delicious, delicate, wild strawberry fruit, still quite lively but fades away quickly. Not the most profound wine, but a lovely experience. (2046 views)
 Tasted by Totatalitarian on 11/4/2007: The color looked great, a crystal clear aged Bordeaux, with some expected bricking at the edge. A full nose of red and dark berries and cherries, cedar, spice, pepper and cola was followed by wonderful mouth feel, tannins fully smoothed out, nicely concentrated fruit, a certain peppery tone, and a long, well-balanced finish. (2178 views)
 Tasted by baja on 6/16/2007: Had this at Bern's in Tampa...last bottle in the cellar. Bottle was in very good shape, cork showed it's age and broke in 2 coming out but was fine. Color was still great for it's age showing only moderate bricking on edge. This showed of sweet berries, delicate,silky, with a long finish. This was decanted and let breathe in glass for about 15 minutes till it really started to show. Still showing very good fruit with tannins obviously fully integrated. This showed extremely well but I would have to wonder how this showed 10 years ago....would of loved to of had a bottle of this earlier in it's life to compare to. Amazing to drink old Bordeaux like this. (2362 views)

Professional 'Channels'
By John Kapon
Vintage Tastings, Top 100 Weekend, Year III (1/3/2007)
(Calon Segur) served out of magnum (M) and had a fabulous nose. Classic aromas of sweet, nutty carob permeated out of its vigorous aromatics. Its palate was rich, smooth, dusty and sturdy, long and with carob and pencil flavors. Incredibly round, it kept gaining in the glass, and Greg agreed. Bob thought it had the best nose of the flight, and this 1953 proved to be another charming ’53, a vintage that has been pleasurable from the word ‘go’ according to those that know like Bipin  95M points
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Château Calon-Ségur

Producer website - Read more about Chateau Calon Segur

Red Bordeaux Blend

Read about the grapes used to produce Bordeaux The variety Red Bordeaux Blend in CellarTracker implies any blend using any or all of the five traditional Bordeaux varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec. As such, this is used worldwide, whether for wines from Bordeaux, Meritages from California and Canada, some Super-Tuscan wines etc.


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Vins du Médoc (Conseil des Vins du Médoc) - Read More about the Medoc
The eight precisely defined appellations of the whole of the Médoc (from Blanquefort Brook to the north of the Bordeaux built-up area, almost to the Pointe de Grave) may claim the Médoc appellation. But there is also a specific territory in the north of the peninsula which produces exclusively wines with this appellation. In the great majority, the Médocs come from the north of the peninsula. The great individuality of this region is that the number of vines has increased more recently here than elsewhere, apart from a few isolated spots where vines have grown for many years. Today, the size of the small estate has brought about the development of a powerful co-operative movement. Four co-operatives out of five belong to the group called Unimédoc which ensures aging, bottling and marketing a large proportion of their wines.

St. Estèphe

Read more about St. Estephe and its wines Whereas the first activity recorded in Saint-Estèphe goes back as far as the Middle Bronze Age, the first vines date from the Roman Occupation. But it was the Bordeaux merchants who by aging and selling Saint-Estèphe wines themselves were largely responsible for this appellation's fame. And in the nineteenth century, noted for its prosperity, the great estates of today were created. The movement continues today with the merging of small estates.

A land of great wines, Saint-Estèphe is situated almost in the centre of the Médoc, close to the Gironde Estuary. The appellation is equidistant from Bordeaux and the Pointe de Grave.
The beds of soil are characterized by their remarkable diversity, the result of their undulating relief and excellent drainage. Quartz and well-rounded pebbles mingled with light, sandy surface soil are found everywhere, giving the wines a distinctive finesse. And the subsoil is made up of the famous Saint-Estèphe limestone, which outcrops on the west of the commune.

Thanks to ideal conditions of climate and geology, Saint-Estèphe wines are characterized by their sturdy qualities and robust constitution. Accordingly, they can be laid down for a very long time while yet preserving their youth and freshness. Distinguished by a subsoil which is more clayey than that in the other communal appellations which lie by the river, the wine here attains a distinctive individuality : a very rich tannic structure, a fine deep red colour and an exceptional backbone with aromas of great finesse.

Production conditions (Decree dated September 11, 1936):

In order to have the right to the Saint-Estèphe appellation of controlled origin, red wines must:
- come from the communes of Saint-Estèphe, "excluding any parcels in that area which are situated on recent alluvium and sand on impermeable subsoils",
- satisfy precise production conditions : grape-varieties (Cabernet-Sauvignon, Cabernet-Franc, Carmenère, Merlot Noir, Petit Verdot, Cot or Malbec), minimum of sugar (178 grammes - 6.27 oz. - per litre of must) degree (an acquired 10°5) base yield (45 hectolitres per hectare).

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