Chateau Calon Segur Vertical Tasting (Crystal Wines shop, Valley Point): From a blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Merlot. Vivid dark ruby with crimson hue. Lifted nose with prominent leafy notes along with tobacco, cigar box, blackcurrant, cherry, licorice and toasty oak. Showing some development here but it is elegant and classic. Firm and structure on palate, along with subtle tobacco, cigar box, blackcurrant, plum and rustic forest floor. Chewy tannic backbone and good length.
I don't find this unripe though there are some capsicum notes; not especially strong though. The colour is deep and I am most struck, as some other tasters have been, that the rather charred oak dominates and the fruit fails to differentiate itself. That said, a good bottle, nonetheless. Quite full-bodied, long and well handled tannins on the finish.
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(Château Calon-Ségur) Dark cherry red color; focused olive and black fruit nose; nice tart blackberry, cassis, graphite and mineral palate, with good acidity; medium-plus finish (45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc)
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