The 1995 Chateau Calon Segur was the winning bottle in the April Installment of Pick My Next Bottle.
Chateau Calon Segur is one of the oldest estates in Saint Estephe dating back to 1147. In 1894 its vineyards were purchased by Georges Gasqueton and Charles Hanappier. The Gasqueton family managed the estate until 2012. In July of 2012 Chateau Calon Segur was sold for 170 million Euros to the French Insurance Company, Suravenir Insurance. Jean-Pierre Moueix , the owner of Petrus and the massive negociant company Duclot, took a minority stake in Chateau Calon Segur.
This bottle was decanted for 1 hour and served with marinated flank steaks.
Blood red in color. 12.5% ABV. Dried red fruits, leather, tobacco and soil on the nose. Medium body with good acidity. Plush and powerful with a sweet fruit profile. Graphite, cassis, currants and plums on the palate. The finish is exceptionally long with ever so silky tannins. Fantastic showing for Calon Segur from the polarizing 1995 vintage. I’ve followed this wine closely over the last 15 years and it never fails to deliver. Drink over the next 3-5 years.
My rating: 94 points.
The 2014 Calon Segur is a compelling buy at just under $100. Be patient though as Calon Segur is typically a 20 year wine.
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