Château Calon Ségur 2009, Saint-Estèphe

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Chateau Calon Segur 2009 is made in a very different style for this estate, being composed of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot, and 3% Petit Verdot and achieving 13.8% natural alcohol. It is a big, rich, tannic, structured, dense ruby/purple-tinged wine offering a sweet kiss of crème de cassis, loamy soil, and spice box. Remarkably, despite the use of 100% new oak, because of the 2009's power and intensity there is not a hint of wood in either the aroma or flavour profile. This traditionally made Saint-Estèphe should be forgotten for 10-15 years, and drunk over the next 40-50 years.

Country: France
Region: Bordeaux
Subregion: Saint-Estèphe
Vintage: 2009
Colour: Red
Grape Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot
ABV: 14%
Bottle Size: 75cl
Closure: Natural cork
Style: Monolithic
Drink With: Braised short ribs of beef

From Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
The 2009 has the highest percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon (90%) ever included in a Calon-Ségur (the rest is Merlot and Petit Verdot). Completely different from its St.-Estephe brethren, it is more backward and structured with a dense purple colour, lots of black cherry, blackcurrant, loamy earth, forest floor and spice notes, excruciatingly high levels of tannin, and a wonderful inner core of sweetness and concentration.

It could behave like the 1982, which, at age 30, is just becoming mature. The 2009 is an uncompromising, masculine, massive style of wine that needs 15-20 years of cellaring even in this luscious, flashy, flamboyant vintage. It is super-tight and needs lots of coaxing and aeration. Anticipated maturity: 2025-2050+.

Sadly, Madame Gasqueton, one of the great grandes dames of Bordeaux, passed away recently. She was a no nonsense, always gracious lady who normally received me early in the morning, sometimes before the sun had even risen. I have many fond memories of her for her professionalism and her talent in making long-lived, traditional Bordeaux. 94+ Points

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