Troisième grand cru classé - Saint-Estèphe

Château Calon-Ségur, property of the Suravenir Assurances group, is a 94-hectare wine-growing estate. It is the northernmost of the crus classés of Saint-Estèphe, and therefore of the Médoc. It is one of the three great wines that escape the rusticity lent to the common Saint-Estèphe. Out of the three, it is undoubtedly the sweetest and most delicate. We can say that the great wine of Calon Ségur represents its terroir well: rare, authentic and moving. One finds a certain sweetness and great intensity. The Château is trying to preserve that balance.

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 Ségur a candidate for the oldest property in Saint Estèphe. Finally, the Médoc property became the property of Nicolas Alexandre de Ségur. 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 Ségur, an important figure in Bordeaux as he also owned Lafite and Latour.

In fact, Château Phelan Segur was also part of the vast estate of Ségur. The possessions of the powerful Ségur family were so important that they included not only what was to become Château Lafite Rothschild, but also Château Latour and Château Mouton Rothschild!

The Gasqueton family manages the estate until 2012 before the large French insurance company Suravenir buys it.

Since the new owners took over Calon Ségur, they have embarked on a serious programme of renovation of the property with a particular emphasis on the winemaking facilities following the trend of vinifying plot by plot.

The great 55-hectare Bordeaux vineyard of Calon Ségur 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 are marl, clay and limestone. The best terroir is located to the east, near the chapel, with a view of the Gironde.

Today, the fermentation takes place in 70 conical stainless steel vats from 25 hectolitres to 120 hectolitres, 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 was on average closer to 60%.

The estate also produces a second wine now sold under the name "Le Marquis de Calon Ségur".

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

On Comptoir des Millésimes you can order your grands crus and old vintages of château Calon-Ségur.

Here are the best vintages of Calon-Ségur: 1953, 1947, 1928, 2010, 2009

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