93 Points - Neal Martin
The Phelan-Segur 2005 still has that lovely, very pure red-berried fruit on the nose with beautifully integrated creamy oak that still allows the terroir to express itself. The palate is very svelte, smooth, very harmonious with filigree tannins, leading to an almost sumptuous finish. Highly recommended and perhaps one of the more open 2005's to enjoy in its youth. Drink now-2020+.
The Phelan-Segur 2005 still has that lovely, very pure red-berried fruit on the nose with beautifully integrated creamy oak that still allows the terroir to express itself. The palate is very svelte, smooth, very harmonious with filigree tannins, leading to an almost sumptuous finish. Highly recommended and perhaps one of the more open 2005s to enjoy in its youth. Drink now-2020+
Neal Martin on Sep 1st, 2011
Château Calon-Segur, set in the appellation of Saint-Estèphe, is a Third Classified Growth and is one of the oldest estates in the Médoc region, meaning it has a rich history. The Marquis de Ségur (then owner of several other estates including Lafite and Latour- hence why he was aptly named the "Prince of Vines") acquired Château Calon-Segur through marriage. Despite owning all these other Châteaux, the Marquis de Ségur stated "My heart belongs to Calon" and this is the reason that the bottle we see today has a heart shape around the name ‘Calon Segur’. The Château grows vines split between 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 38% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot. The annual production for Calon Segur is around 80,000 bottles and the Château does have as second wine called Marquis de Calon and a third wine called La Chapelle de Calon.
Bordeaux is not only the most famous wine producing region in France but in the world, with the most prestigious châteaux and wines in the industry. Its history dates back to the Roman times and today is the largest producing region of fine wines. Vineyards in Bordeaux are known by châteaux and therefore the name of each individual château is an important brand.
Many top wines are sold ‘En Primeur’ meaning that they are sold in the barrel prior to bottling. Almost 90% of the wine produced in Bordeaux is red (called ‘Claret’ in the UK) from over 8,500 producers. The main reason for the success of the wine production in Bordeaux is the perfect combination of climate, with long hours of sunshine ideal for ripening the grapes and well-draining gravel soil. Appellations are an important part of the Bordeaux culture and the region has 54 appellations recognized by the AOC, the Appellation d’Origine Controlle.
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