Monday, November 20, 2023
LeDomduVin: Chateau Calon Ségur 2016
Although too young, the vintage 2016 in Bordeaux is a beauty and drinks delightfully now for those who cannot wait.
Yet, some are still tight and deserve a few more years (or even decades) to reach their opening window. That was the case for Chateau L'Evangile 2016, which I opened recently (see previous post). It is a superb wine but way too young to be opened now.
Others are already opened and ready to drink, like Chateau Figeac 2016, which I also opened recently. Wow! What a wine! I loved it! It could be a phase, as it could close again for a few more years. Who knows? Yet, for now, it tasted amazing.
And some are in-between, like this Chateau Calon Segur 2016.
Though shy and subdued on the nose, it still timidly revealed red and black berries and ripe plum aromas with earthy and floral notes mingling with coffee, chocolate, and oaky nuances.
The palate is also quite shy, medium to full-bodied. Elegant and well-crafted, it is balanced with ripe fruit, an earthy grainy texture, integrated yet present tannins, and enough acidity to keep it fresh. Overall, it has a very good structure, nicely expanding with dense ripe black fruits, earth, and minerals toward the finish. Nice overall!
I liked it a lot, as it was enjoyable. Yet, it is in a transition period now. Not fully expressing itself and not fully harmonized and integrated either. It is hesitant to reveal its full potential just yet while still giving hints of how "grand" it will be at a later stage in the years to come.
That said, I found it true that Saint-Estephe wines usually take longer to integrate, loosen their tight tannins and earthy soil-oriented grainy texture, and open compared to their neighboring appellations cousins.
Give it some time in the cellar; it should reward you plenty once it has reached its opening tasting window.
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