As a Third Classified Growth of 1855, Chateau Calon Segur is one of the oldest estates in the Medoc with the origins of Calon dating back to the Gallo-Roman era. Later, in the eighteenth century, the property takes a new course with the Marquis Nicolas-Alexandre de Segur, who was the owner of the Latour, Lafite and Mouton estates.
The 2005 vintage is an exceptional one in Bordeaux. From Chateau Calon Segur on the great terroir of Saint-Estephe, the vintage produces a wine of great quality that is marked by the signature finesse and elegance of the estate. The vintage respects the balance between exceptional intensity and great suppleness, and the tannins are present and full of finesse, which give a caressing and dense texture. The Chateau Calon Segur 2005 presents pleasant aromas of black fruits (black cherry in particular), touches of chocolate, spices, dried fruits and even leather. This wine from Saint-Estephe is ready to drink now or can be aged until 2045-2050.
Tasted from an ex-château bottle at BI Wine & Spirits Calon-Segur dinner in London, the 2005 Calon Segur is on par with the wonderful 2000. The only real difference is that this needs more time in bottle. It has a captivating nose: blackberry and boysenberry fruit coming at you at full pelt; dried blood and bacon fat developing as secondary aromas just behind. There is fine delineation here - an underlying mineralité sure to surface with time. The palate is very intense and disarmingly youthful, almost ferrous on the entry with layers of ripe black fruit that segue into an earthy finish (with a curious light tang of Marmite on the aftertaste!). It is a fabulous Calon Ségur, though the millennial wine might ultimately possess greater precision. We will see. Tasted March 2015.