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2008 Chateau Calon Segur, St. Estephe

Product: CALS08
Vintage: 2008
Region: St. Estephe
Bottle Size: 75cl
Grape Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon Blend
Maturity: Ready to drink, but will improve
Perhaps that explains the elegant, but rich style of the 2008 Calon Segur, which is dominated more than usual by Cabernet Sauvignon. Cropped at 40 hectoliters per hectare, it is a blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Merlot, and 2% Petit Verdot. Its sweet perfume of black currants, tobacco leaf, and licorice is followed by a wine with superb purity, good freshness, and a full-bodied style with ripe tannin as well as a long finish. Somewhat reminiscent of the 1996, although this vintage carries a much higher percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2008 should be relatively approachable given the sweetness of the tannins, and will evolve for 20-25 years.Calon Segur's harvest took place between October 1-16, not particularly late in the context of this vintage.
Score: 90-93 Robert Parker

Deep crimson. Very different. Spicy sweet nose - very fluid. Quite a contrast to the austere Montrose we have just tasted! Quite rich and supple and fireworks. Round and rather glorious though not at all tarted up. Very fresh. Firm and with great spin though no compromises. Very classic. A very confident vintage for Calon-Segur.
Score: 17.5 Jancis Robinson MW

Our Tasting Note
Nose: Blackberry and blackcurrant, sweet spices.
Palate: Full-bodied, the tannins start softening but nice structure. Ripe fruit of blackberry, spices and tobacco. Charming and a long finish.
Our Score: 94 H&E
Price(HKD): $600
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