Was very approachable after only a 2 hour decant, and then continued to drink well over 4 more hours. While this wine is 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, it seemed more lush, almost Merlot-like (in a very good way). Had a 'sweet nose' of blackberry and red fruits, mixed with smoke, floral notes, and chocolate. Impeccably balanced, though the tannins still need some integration. Presently, the nose edges out the palate. The tasting note by Panos was excellent, and highlighted something very important with this wine -- the excellent oak management. There is just enough oak there to add another layer of interest to the wine. Another thing to note is that many 2009 Bordeaux wines seem to be so approachable right now (in contrast to many I've tried from 2010). This Calon Segur is obviously going to improve with 5+ years in the cellar, but don't hesitate to try it now if you have a case, and especially if you don't mind drinking young Bordeaux from time to time.
Tight on opening but relaxed and became a lot more open after an hour. Enjoyable but not yet very distinctive. Typical 09 espresso cocoa but more tannic and darker / broody than most. Drank over following 2 days and didn't yield much. Enjoyable but serious and long haul.
Decanted 2h before, young Bdx colours. Medium bodied and length, the normal Bx suspects; red fruits, cigar box, oak, elegance, elegance elegance. Lovely, classy Bdx-session but clearly in the tunnel. Good today, most probably great in 15 years.
TN: Calon Segur vertical (Ripple Restaurant in DC): Blue fruits, blueberry jam, sweet spices and graphite. Exceptional concentration, round, soft, silky, ripe blue fruit driven palate impression and nicely integrated tannins. It nicely displays the ripe vintage character without losing the chateau signature, ie fresh/slightly under-ripe characters.
16 vintages of Calon Segur (Ripple Restaurant in Washington D.C.): This is a great bottle of wine. There is sex appeal and structure. The northern Medoc excelled in 2009. While some people believe that 2009 is an all-around positive vintage, let us not forget that this is when Merlot started getting out of hand... Not so in the Medoc, and certainly not at Calon Segur. Some critics ooh and ah over the excessive winemaking at Cos d'Estournel, which comes across as a caricature of winemaking. Here we have 100% new oak but very well integrated - and 90% Cabernet. This baby will evolve into something very special. Boy am I glad I bought 12 bottles en primeur. Montrose is no doubt better, but Calon Segur is less than half the price (still).
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(Chateau Calon-Ségur St Estèphe) Cabernet Sauvignon 90% (extremely high - contrast with 2005 when this variety accounted for 60%), 7% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot. Alcohol 13.5%. Nice appearance in the glass, lightly creamy and vibrant. Lovely crisply defined but sweet and ripe fruits on the nose, blackcurrant and cherry. Lots of good substance on the palate, quite fleshy and broad and full of fruit, but underneath a gritty and ripe and gradually mouth-coating and appealing layer of tannins. Nicely defined, a good frame to the fruit here, the components each gently joining the fray to give a sense of a rich and balanced wine. This is all very harmonious, despite its youth. Vigorous, perhaps a touch reserved in terms of character which I like. What impresses most is the tannic finesse, I keep coming back to this aspect of the wine. Gently fading length. Delicious wine with great potential.
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