The 1986 possesses a deep ruby/garnet color, with a tight, yet ripe, black currant bouquet backed up with subtle scents of herb, cedar, and sweet oak. On the palate, the wine is muscular, rich, and medium to full-bodied, with a pronounced smoky, mineral, and currant character. It has fine length, with some rustic tannin still noticeable in the finish. Curiously, in this vintage Calon-Segur used an inordinately high percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon (90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot). Normally the percentage of Merlot is significantly higher. (RP)
Very firm and elegant, with a bit of a hard edge to remind you it's a St. Estephe, but the grapy, cassis aromas and flavors are classic. It's very well put together; all it needs is the complexity and pizzazz that comes with cellaring.
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