Chateau Calon-Segur 2013
96 Points Wine Enthusiast
The wine to buy, age and or drink now. Lovely fragrant nose of sweet red fruits on the nose, generous, sweet and crunchy red cherries on the palate, ripe tannins with a lovely balance. Long and fresh finish. Laurent Dufau and his team have produced a remarkably good wine in this difficult vintage which is a great 1st step for what will be one of the raising starts of Bordeaux.
The cellarmaster’s job is to preserve the softness in the tannins, the freshness of flavour and the natural character in the aromas.
He/she must respect the raw material picked from the vines. The wine is aged in new oak barrels for 18 to 20 months. Fining with natural egg whites was reintroduced a few years ago.
The Wine Advocate - The 2013 Calon Segur is a Saint Estphe that should not be ignored. It has developed an attractive bouquet with blackberry, graphite and a hint of vanilla in the background. No, it is not an intense bouquet, yet winemaker Vincent Millet has conjured aromatics that frankly shade many other Left Bank properties this year. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin and crisp acidity. There is tangible energy here with a cohesive and silky textured finish. What is lacks in depth it compensates with a sense of panache. It will be earlier drinking than other vintages, but the class comes through. Bravo to Vincent and his team for making the best wine they possibly could in this challenging vintage.
Soil: A thick layer of gravel laid down during the Quaternary Period. Predominantly clay
sub-soil from the Tertiary Period. At the summit of the gravel deposits, there is also
a fine layer of clay of lacustrine origin.
Harvest: Hand picking. A first selection of grapes on the vine. Mechanical sorting of the grapes by vibration, followed by hand sorting.