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Chateau Calon-Segur St. Estephe 2000

Chateau Calon-Segur St. Estephe 2000

750ML        
Sku: 051003

Rating
 Wine Advocate 91 points (Jun 2010)
Back when my bottle reports came out in 2003, I urged extreme patience for this wine, which is a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, and 10% Cabernet Franc. I projected a maturity curve of 2012-2040, but based on this tasting, I would say the wine needs another 5-6 years, so call it 2016-2040+. One of the most unyielding wines in my tastings of the 2000s, the wine still has a very healthy, deep, dark ruby color, and earthy hints of herbs, licorice, and black currants. Medium to full-bodied, the hard, elevated tannins give this wine a certain austerity, but its outstanding weight, richness, and that very classic style argue for further discipline. Forget this for another 3-4 years and drink it over the following three decades.
 Wine Spectator 93 points (Mar 31 2003)
Lovely berry, spice and leather aromas follow through to a medium- to full-bodied palate, with firm and silky tannins and a long, caressing finish. A harmonious wine. Not quite what it was from barrel, but outstanding all the same. Racy Calon. Best after 2010. JS

Technical notes
Location: The most northern of all the classified growths of the Medoc, just north and west of the village of Saint Estphe. 123 acres producing 20,000 cases. Classification: Third growth Grape varieties: 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Cabernet Franc, 25% Merlot. Average age of the vines is 38 years. Vinification and aging: Fermented in oak foudres and aged in oak barrels for 24 to 26 months

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