Château Calon-Ségur Marquis de Calon Saint-Estèphe 2009

Château Calon-Ségur Marquis de Calon Saint-Estèphe 2009: Second label of Medoc’s northernmost classified growth by maker that has roots back to the 12th century. This vintage has 53% cab, 38% merlot, 7% cab franc and 2% petit verdot—other vintages tilt toward merlot. Very serious wine that also is very approachable introduction to the great wines of Bordeaux. Superb velvety richness, depth, with minerality generated by vines growing in gravel beds that are 16-feet deep, earth, balancing acidity; dark cherry, some spice box, wisp of vanilla. Elegant depth and length are the dominant characteristics, the wine just keeps on deliciously performing in your mouth even after you fully swallow. $42Marquis de Calon Saint-Estèphe