2003 Calon-Segur 750ml

France - Bordeaux - St Estephe | Third Growth/ Red / Bordeaux Blend   |     Watch

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Professional Reviews For This Wine


Wine Spectator | Rating: 95

Loads of crushed berries, with mineral, lightly toasted oak and licorice. Full-bodied, with big, velvety tannins and a long, caressing finish. This is the sleeper of the vintage.

Drink Dates: 2010+
Author: James Suckling


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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92-94

Full ruby-red color. Very fresh aromas of blackberry, cassis, licorice and dark chocolate; not at all surmuri Then ripe but aromatic and juicy in the mouth, with penetrating, rather powerful flavors of dark berries, minerals and dark chocolate. Conveys an impression of inner-mouth energy, one side-effect of which is that the wine's substantial density is partly hidden today. Finishes with very fine but firm tannins and superb persistence. This is absorbing its 50% new oak very well.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 114

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Wine Advocate | Rating: 94

Bottled in July, 2005, the saturated ruby/purple-colored 2003 exhibits a tightly-knit, but promising nose of mulberries, blackberries, cherries, and hints of new oak and truffles. This 60% Cabernet Sauvignon / 40% Merlot blend possesses a gorgeous texture as well as an expansive, exotic softness, and 13% alcohol (according to the proprietor, Madame Denise Gasqueton). Generous and rich, this high class, full-bodied wine will undoubtedly be more approachable than its closest spiritual sibling, the 1982.

Drink Dates: 2009-2030
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 164

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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 95
Author: MacBlythe
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 03/02/2010
Really interesting wine. Highly tannic but almost sweet with strong berry and oak flavors. Big but not overpowering. Very drinkable now, but decanting made a big difference.

Rating: 94
Author: MikeB
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 07/26/2009
Drink Dates: 2009-2030

Rating: 93
Author: TCL
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 05/05/2012
Drink Dates: 2012+

Rating: 90
Author: Leung Ryan
Trust Rating: 89
Tasted On: 10/19/2011

Average rating: 90, based on 7 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

7157 bottles owned by 1094 collectors.

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About This Producer


Chateau Calon-Segur is a 3eme Cru Classe estate located in St. Estephe. The property consists of a 74-hectare vineyard that grows Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. The recognizable heart motif on the labels stems from the original owner, Marquis de Segur, who declared, "My heart belongs to Calon," despite owning such estates as Lafite and Latour. Since 1894, the chateau has been owned by the Gasqueton family. Recent successful vintages include 1995, 1996 and 2000. Calon-Segur is typified by its notable strength and concentrated fruit.

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Wine Varietal: Bordeaux Blend


Six varieties are permitted to be used in a red Bordeaux blend: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Petit Verdot, and, less frequently, Carmenere. Each lends a specific characteristic to the finished blends, most of which are dominated by large percentages of either Cabernet Sauvignon, which brings aromatics and age-ability, or Merlot, which adds softness and body. In the Bordeaux region, Cabernet blends are found on the Left Bank and Merlot on the Right.

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