"I make my wine at Lafite and Latour but my heart is in Calon" - Marquis de Ségur
The grand vin Chateau Calon-Ségur is most recognizable with its distinct heart shaped motif on the label. The Troisièmes Crus Bordeaux wine is located in St Estèphe, where the vines are grown with cabernet sauvignon, merlot and a bit of cabernet franc. We tasted 3 consecutive years of this wine, and were impressed with the range of flavours varying from each vintage, which was a surprise from the very consistent tasting we had with Chateau Grand Puy Lacoste previously.
The wines we tasted:
2007 Vintage ($690 - Enoteca) - With an intense aroma of grilled Japanese peppers, capsicum, chocolate and floral notes in the background, this wine was high in acidity and minerality, to a point where the wine was a bit salty. Very smooth tannins and the aftertaste was strong and bitter, reminiscent of bitter melon. Bill and I quite enjoyed the wine!
2006 Vintage ($380 for a half bottle - Enoteca) - This wine was a lot different than the 2007, with a bright cherry/gum nose and lots of fruit. This vintage had big tannins, and the short finish came as quite a surprise to us.
2005 Vintage ($1200 - Enoteca) - This wine was classy with notes of fresh figs and apples. The wine developed into sandalwood which was very elegant. Having high hopes on this vintage, we were not so please with the lack of finish and rough mouthfeel of the wine. Probably requires a bit more time in the cellar.