Red

2005 Château Calon-Ségur

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • France
  • Bordeaux
  • Médoc
  • St. Estèphe
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Community Tasting Notes 136

  • SteveVermeer Likes this wine: 92 points

    February 22, 2020 - Needs time, give three years.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • NickA wrote: 87 points

    February 20, 2020 - Interesting one this - wasn't unready in the way of the other 05 classed growths I've tried (i.e. still pretty tannic and brooding, although tasty after a decant) but seemed completely cold and muted. Presumably this will come around at some point, but it feels like that'll not be for quite a while.

  • lolo66 wrote: 92 points

    February 11, 2020 - Blind Bordeaux vs Cali Cab (Bobby Van's): tightly wound but a very nice package. Give this another decade to unfurl. Has all the stuffing for sure.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • the player Likes this wine: 91 points

    February 6, 2020 - Probably should have decanted and aerated for 3 hours rather than 1hr+ deep blackish ruby color, nose of leather, pencil lead, cassis, black currants. On the palate very masculine and linear, not a lot of complexity but with promises for great evolution in 5 to 10 years. Way to young, tannic, great backbone and finishes very dry and long. Needs massive time. A wine to watch.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • RussK wrote: 92 points

    January 25, 2020 - Russk. Had at the Suckling Great Wines of the World 2020 tasting.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
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  • By Jancis Robinson
    2/23/2017 (link)

    (Ch Calon-Ségur St-Estèphe Red) Subscribe to see review text.

  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    1/29/2015 (link)

    (Ch Calon-Ségur St-Estèphe Red) Subscribe to see review text.

View From the Cellar

  • By John Gilman
    Jan/Feb 2014, Issue #49, Château Calon-Ségur: Changes Stirring at this Great St. Estèphe Estate

    (Château Calon-Ségur) Subscribe to see review text.

The WINEFRONT

  • By Gary Walsh
    5/13/2013 (link)

    (Château Calon-Ségur) Subscribe to see review text.

JancisRobinson.com

  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    2/18/2009 (link)

    (Ch Calon-Ségur St-Estèphe Red) Subscribe to see review text.

  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    2/18/2009 (link)

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Vinous

  • By Stephen Tanzer
    May/June 2008, IWC Issue #138 (link)

    (Chateau Calon Segur Saint Estephe) Subscribe to see review text.

  • By Stephen Tanzer
    May/June 2006, IWC Issue #126 (link)

    (Chateau Calon Segur Saint Estephe) Subscribe to see review text.

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  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    4/13/2006 (link)

    (Ch Calon-Ségur St-Estèphe Red) Subscribe to see review text.

Winedoctor

  • By Chris Kissack
    November 2009 (link) 18+ points

    (Chateau Calon-Ségur St Estèphe) Wow, this has a very deeply characterful and intense nose, with very dark and fairly pure fruit, just tinged with a little soot. Ethereal, perfumed, rather gravelly, certainly characterful, this is quite enticing. On the palate it starts with a slightly confected edge to the fruit, but this disappears to leave through the midpalate a brooding presence of massive, somewhat overbearing tannins. There is dark fruit behind it, a moderate texture, and fairly fresh acidity, but the extraction here is huge. There is some good substance to help support it though. It will need 20 years to come round, but if the rest of the wine holds out this could be great.

Garagiste

  • By Jon Rimmerman
    12/18/2008 (link)

    (CALON-SEGUR) 2005 Bordeaux Dear Friends, Ok, now that we have my Wine of the Year established, what about a downright silly price on one of my favorite old-school 2005 Bordeaux? We offered this wine a few months ago and it remains one of the finest they've ever produced. Ever since the original 2005 barrel tastings I've penned my fondness for it and that has never changed. To sum up my position, I continue to believe it is one of the very top wines of the vintage but its real worth will be for the patient - watch out for this down the road. The 2005 Calon Segur acts like the second coming of the 1989 Montrose - a wine well-received in youth but it was not until 15 years after the vintage that it was finally given its due and acknowledged as potentially a better wine than the legendary 1990 Montrose (Pat could have told you that 10 years ago - it's been one of his favorite wines for years). 1989 Montrose was available for a relative song until 4-5 years ago - not anymore. With that as our impetus, a pristine parcel of the 2005 Calon-Segur became available a few days ago at what can only be stated as a ridiculous price - lower than the first tranche offering 2-3 years ago. This is an impeccable lot that (once again) gives credence to what I've been saying since the summer: has the en-premier model outgrown its use for a broad segment of Bordeaux? There will always be a handful of wines that immediately sell out but why give the negociants your hard earned funds 2-3 years in advance if you are able to acquire many of the best wines after release at a lesser price? It's not supposed to work that way but, in the reality of Q4 2008, it does. What makes this even more bizarre is that it's a multitude of wine from the "vintage of the century" - a vintage that (in the words of one of my close friends stationed in Bordeaux for years) "will never be discounted, never - demand will always outstrip supply for 2005". Every market has its balancing act due to supply and demand and the Bordelaise have found themselves in a pickle - supply has outstripped demand. At a certain price, the demand outweighs the supply and I believe our price below will prove that point as well. If it means anything, I purchased a case of this for my own cellar as it was too good of a price to pass up. If you already have this wine, you can double down to shave your overall cost or sit on a parcel as an investment. As far as reviews, I will re-print (as I did with the last offer) the Parker barrel review next to the finished bottle rating. Most of the journalists tasted this wine after it was only in bottle for a short time - I urge you to consider the barrel review with as much credence as the finished review (keep in mind what I've said above regarding 1989 Montrose) - I have little doubt that after 10-15 years of age, the 2005 Calon-Segur will be a great modern classic with numbers to match: VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED as one of my absolute favorite tannic, old-style Bordeaux (with a feminine touch). In addition, this wine has the chance to last longer than almost any wine of the vintage (even the First Growths). This would be an outstanding choice for a 21st birthday or potential wedding wine from the birth-year of your child (can you imagine a few cases of pristine, cellared 2005 Calon-Segur to pull out at your son or daughter's wedding - even if it's 30 years from now?) ONE SHIPMENT ONLY at this terrific price with perfect provenance. (Like the Chablis from this morning and considering those of you that purchase Bordeaux for the long haul, I will open this up to 36/person to give you the chance to cellar multiple cases) 2005 Calon-Segur (Saint Estephe) 750ml Thank you, Jon Rimmerman Garagiste Seattle, WA Bord5610

  • By Jon Rimmerman
    10/22/2008 (link)

    (CALON SEGUR) Calon-Segur Dear Friends, A pristine parcel of this is floating around the US at a seriously reduced tarriff and it's an original cellar lot. If you ever wondered what 1966 Latour tasted like in youth (or even something like 1900 Margaux), this style has gone by the wayside but it should win out in the end. Wasn't Bordeaux supposed to be unfriendly and tannic after bottling? When did Bordeaux become easy to drink a month after venturing into its vessel? I'm not sure I want St. Estephe to be easy to drink in youth - I would prefer the message in the bottle to reveal itself when it feels ready to wash ashore. This is a wine and format I am quite certain will be worth far more than its present rate if given the requisite cellar time. As the 2005s become harder to find (and as they start to age), magnums and large format will most certainly increase in value. Calon-Segur was one of the top examples of the vintage from the get-go (there was a period where it toyed with WOTV honors while aging in barrel) and only a severely closed state at the final bottle tastings prevented it from scoring among the top-tier of the vintage (1986 Las Cases was also severely closed at the final bottle tastings so keep that in mind). I will be shocked if the scores for this wine stay even close to this (you can check the original barrel scores - the wine should be in that range or higher when all is said and done) - a top buy for a magnum at this point and a potential investment: VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED - one of the highest recommendations of the vintage: 2005 Calon Segur 1.5lt (St. Estephe) STRICT LIMIT 6/person until we run out ...we also have a few of these - also interesting but I believe the 2005 will prevail in a decade (and the 2005 vintage will be more valuable as a whole in time): 2003 Calon Segur 1.5lt (St. Estephe) STRICT LIMIT 6/person until we run out Both arrive with impeccable provenance at some point this fall (they are on the water now). They will ship during the first available shipping window (weather permitting). Thank you, Jon Rimmerman Garagiste Seattle, WA Bord9111 Bord9112

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2005
  • Type Red
  • Producer Château Calon-Ségur
  • Varietal Red Bordeaux Blend
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country France
  • Region Bordeaux
  • SubRegion Médoc
  • Appellation St. Estèphe
  • UPC Codes 087000337077, 087000347458, 3258691190785, 3277035051353, 3277035053760, 3364420056793, 3419466174618, 3700266216821, 400005040924, 616773324016, 714153133804, 802236001000

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  • Pending Delivery 498 (5%)
  • In Cellars 8,374 (81%)
  • Consumed 1,452 (14%)

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braised lamb shanks, Cheese, entrecote w/ sauce, Lam, lamb loin w/ wine reduction sauce, lamb w/ rosemary, Okse, Rehrücken etc., roast beef w/ mushrooms, scallops & beef

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