Calon Segur has returned to full glory, classified as a Third Growth it is one of the leading lights of St. Estephe. In fact, Montrose was a forest-land belonging to the Calon Segur Estate, so vast that it once contained Mouton and Lafite Rothschild. Calon eventually passed into the hands of the Segur family and the Marquis de Segur, who also owned Lafite and Latour. He famously is quoted as saying, ‘I make my wine at Lafite and Latour, but my heart is in Calon’, which became the basis for the widely-recognised label: a heart encompassing the Estate’s name in bold red letters. The second wine also has this heart, so it is always a favourite for a romantic dinner. The Estate, which is blessed with an immense cauldron of natural fire and power, has invested heavily into its viticulture and viniculture. The result is that its second wine has reached a level worthy of Grand Cru status.
In 2018, it has been awarded 92-94 points from Lisa Perrotti-Brown of The Wine Advocate, a score which competes with the first wines of leading estates. Indeed, it is not an isolated framing of quality, Jeb Dunnuck awards it 93-95 saying its ‘another second wine from this brilliant vintage that tastes more like grand vin…it’s a head turner that’s going to drink spectacularly well right out of the gate’. Priced at £237 per case of 12 this results in a Price Over Points ratio of 18, which is utterly absurd for a bottle price under £20. If you love brilliant claret, at this price it is a must own wine.
Chateau Haut Batailley is a Fifth Growth from Pauillac, originally part of Chateau Batailley, which was purchased by Francois Borie and Marcel Borie in 1932. In 1942 they divided the two properties to prevent inheritance issues, with each retaining their rightful Fifth Growth status. Chateau Haut Batailley was the smaller piece of the vineyard pie, which was snaffled by Francois Borie, who then added the other Chateau, buying Chateau Duhart-Milon, while also running Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou. The property was passed down through the Borie family, until in 2017 it was bought by the Cazes family, who are famous for owning Lynch Bages. This makes sense, as it is sited just south of Lynch Bages on excellent terroir, just behind Pichon Baron, with Pichon Lalande and Latour found to its immediate east. The Chateau is located in the south-west part of Pauillac, closely bordering St.Julien, the 22 hectares vineyards stretched over deep gravel soils, which provide the promise of truly Pauillac-esque claret. In fact, the vineyard referred to as Petit Batailley is planted next to Chateau Latour vineyards, used primarily for Forts Latour. The other vineyard segment is due North of the Bages Plateau, next to Lynch Bages itself. The terroir has never been in question and now, the ascent of this excellent Estate surely begins.
It comes as no surprise therefore that in 2018 it has produced a wine awarded 92-94 from Perrotti-Brown, 93-95 from James Suckling and 93-95+ from Jeb Dunnuck. Scores that herald the quality of a new beginning. It is priced today at £520 per case of 12, a wine with great future and pedigree.
Please find below a list of other releases from 2018 we have available:
|Malescot St. Exupery||94-96+||97-98||£492|
|Ormes de Pez||90-92||93-94||£240|
|Clos du Marquis||92-94||94-95||£464|
|Haut Bages Liberal||n/a||96-97||£366|
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