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Calon Segur; St Estèphe Double Magnum; 1996; 1 (1 x 1); 3000ml
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Lot 334

St Estèphe Double Magnum, 1996
1 (1 x 1) 3000ml
Historic records show that Calon Segur dates back to 1147. After passing through generations the estate became the property of the famous Marquis de Segur. de Segur was owner of numerous top Bordeaux estates of the day, including Lafite and Latour, but he is quoted as saying: “I make my wine at Lafite and Latour, but my heart is in Calon.” That famous saying lives forever on the label of Chateau Calon Segur, where the drawing of a heart is prominently featured on the logo. A classically-styled Chateau that blossoms with age.

Sold for R 18 000
Including Buyer's Premium and VAT R 20 484

Estimate R 12 000 - 14 000


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Tasted at the château, the 1996 Calon Segur is a blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc, 25% Merlot and 3% Petit Verdot. This was always a feted wine in its youth by Robert Parker and myself. Now at 20 years of age there is fine delineation on the nose with more detail than the 1986 tasted alongside. The oak is a little more present here (50% in this vintage) married with plenty of redcurrant, cedar, loam and undergrowth aromas. These aromatics can develop further. The palate is medium-bodied with grippy tannin on the entry, perhaps one of the most youthful and backward of the 1996s that I tasted during my visits. It feels firm in the mouth, masculine, very Saint Estèphe. To critique this wine, the oak is not quite knitted to the fruit as much as it should after two decades (something that has been addressed now). It is an enjoyable Calon-Segur if not quite matching up to my admittedly high expectations. – Neal Martin eRobertParker.com 91/100 (2016)


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