This is just a shade deeper in colour than the 1990 Calon-Segur. The nose has a little more freshness than the 1990 but is half the fun. A little pointed, earthy and minerally, sous-bois, tree bark ? but not as expansive as the 1990. The palate is medium-bodied with good acidity and like the nose, rather sharp and taking time to soften, with a slight dried citrus edge in the background. Touches of mulberry and leather inflecting the earthy black fruits, nice sense of tension with a savoury/tobacco accent that will marry it beautifully will cuisine. It has an enticing off-dry finish that leaves you eagerly awaiting the next drop. Judging against the ’90 in 2008, I think this will outlast it.
Drink now-2025. Tasted November 2008.
(Wine Journal #0109 Jan 2009 / Neal Martin)
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