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Château Calon-Ségur, owned by the Suravenir Assurances group, is a 94-hectare vineyard. It is the most northern of the classified growths of Saint-Estephe, and thus of the Medoc. It is one of the three great wines that escape the rusticity of the common Saint-Estèphe. In this tierce, it is undoubtedly the most suave and the most delicate. We can say that the great wine of Calon Ségur represents well its terroir: rare, authentic and moving. We find a certain sweetness and great intensity. The Château tries to preserve this balance which makes it a very great St Estephe wine.

    

- What are the specificities of Château Calon-Ségur?

Historical records show that Calon Segur already existed in 1147, when it belonged to Monseigneur de Calon. He was an important bishop in the community. This makes Château Calon Segur a candidate for the oldest property in Saint Estephe. Eventually, the Medoc property became the property of Nicolas Alexandre de Segur. As you can see, this is where the name Calon Segur comes from.

 

After generations, the estate became the property of the famous Marquis de Segur, an important figure in Bordeaux as he also owned Lafite and Latour. In fact, Château Phelan Segur was also part of the vast Segur estate. The holdings of the powerful Segur family were so large that they included not only what would become Chateau Lafite Rothschild, but also Chateau Latour and Chateau Mouton Rothschild!

 

The Gasqueton family managed the estate until 2012 before the large French insurance company Suravenir bought it. Since the new owners took over Calon Segur, they have begun a serious program of renovation of the property with a particular focus on the winemaking facilities following the trend of vinifying plot by plot.

  

- The vineyard

 

The large Bordeaux vineyard of 55 hectares is composed of:

Cabernet Sauvignon 53%.

Merlot 38%.

Cabernet Franc 7%.

Petit Verdot 2%.  

   

The terroir of Calon Segur is a mixture of gravel, rock, clay, sand and limestone on the surface with gravel up to 5 meters deep. Underneath, there is marl, clay and limestone. The best terroir is located to the east, near the chapel, with a view of the Gironde. 

Today, fermentation takes place in 70 conical stainless steel vats of 25 hectoliters to 120 hectoliters, allowing a very precise vinification, plot by plot. The best vintages are aged in 90% or 100% new French oak barrels for 20 months to soften the wine while adding richer layers to the texture. Previously, the percentage of new oak averaged closer to 60%.

The estate also produces a second wine now sold under the name "The Marquis of Calon Segur".

There is also a third wine, sold under two names, "La Chapelle de Calon", and "St. Estephe de Calon Segur", which is produced from vines that come mostly from parcels with more limestone in the soil.

At Comptoir des Millésimes, you can order your great classified growths and old vintages of Château Calon-Ségur.

Here are the best vintages of Calon-Ségur: 2018, 2020, 2016, 2009, 1953, 2947, 1928, 2021, 2017

 

 • Our other St Estephe wines

Cos d'Estournel - Haut-Marbuzet - Lafon-Rochet - Meyney - Montrose - Phelan Segur

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