James Suckling 97 points - As I have said many times since I first tasted this wine, the 1995 Calon-Segur is one of the great sleepers of the vintage (I bought the wine as a future for a mere $250 a case). The wine has closed down completely since bottling, but it is a sensational effort that may ultimately merit an even higher score. The wine is opaque purple-colored. With coaxing, the tight aromatics reveal some weedy cassis intertwined with truffles, chocolate, and beef blood-like aromas. On the palate, there is an element of sur-maturite (1995 was an extremely late harvest at Calon-Segur), fabulous density and purity, and a boatload of tannin. This deep, broodingly backward, classic Bordeaux will require a decade of cellaring. Anticipated maturity: 2005-2035.
CALON SEGUR SAINT ESTEPHE 1995 CALON SEGUR SAINT ESTEPHE
"I always loved this wine from the first time I tasted it in 1998. It has such purity and power yet it's reserved and beautiful. It's one of the best Calons ever. I drank a bottle with some friends in Manhattan last week and it was the wine of the evening. It was full-bodied with silky tannins and a focused and intense finish. Lots of currant and berry character and hints of dried spices. It's finally opening up and giving real pleasure now like so many 1995 Bordeaux at the moment." James Suckling 97 points
|Location: The most northern of all the classified growths of the Medoc, just north and west of the village of Saint Estèphe.
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