2005 Chateau Calon Ségur St Estephe, Bordeaux

Jancis Robinson tweeted to me that I should drink this on my 10th wedding anniversary. Instead I opened it, just because, on a sunday, 2 years too early. I had tried it once before during my WSET course in a blind tasting. It was incredible. Dense, powerful, and the structure although present, was in keeping with the weight. Tonight however, it’s all structure. The fruit hidden behind a wall of mouth coating, cheek clenching tannin. I can think of no meat sticky enough, nor cheese fatty enough to help me. Truth be told, I can, I just don’t have it in my fridge.

Do I like this wine. Yes, I think it is thrilling and a little intimidating. It is 8 years old and feels like it has just come from the barrel. Should I have listened to Jancis? Of course. Drinking this wine is like seeing the workings of a mathematical problem, that, when solved, offers a magical kaleidoscope of patterns. At this stage however, the workings seems eye wateringly difficult and lacking the beauty that one can expect from a Good Will Hunting-esque answer. If I can resist my urge to ‘just have a taste’ I believe this will be very tasty indeed in about 5 years, with a life ahead of it of 20 years at least. RRRP $210

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