In the North of Saint Estephe, the northernmost appellation of the Medoc, along the river bank rests a single 55 hectare (136 acres) plot of vines enclosed by a stone wall. Vines in this region date to the Roman era, but the history of Calon Segur dates to the 18th Century. Once the property of Nicolas-Alexandre Marquis de Segur, the “Prince of Vines” and one time owner of Lafite, Latour and Mouton, this unique plot is the heart of Chateau Calon Segur. The same size today as when the estate was classified in 1855, Calon Segur is an unusual lesson in continuity, preserved by the Gasqueton family from 1894 to 2012. With unique gravel soils, laid over a bed of clay, these vines produce the fresh Cabernet Sauvignon that forms the backbone of this great Third Growth.
There is a Bordeaux adage that says the best estates always have vines that can “see” the river. Taking this to heart, this estate not only commemorates its famous owner but also its connection to the river. Calones were small boats or skiffs used to transport goods on the river. The estate further honors the Marquis and his famous commentary with its distinctive heart shaped label. But contained within each bottle is a magical blend of balance between lovely softness and amazing intensity. Technical director Vincent Millet has stated that the aim is to include at least 75% Cabernet Sauvignon in each vintage assemblage, but in some years the proportion can be as high as 90%. Aged in new French oak for 18-20 months, these wines are elegant, refined and a pleasant adventure for the sophisticated palate.
- Calon Segur 2010
- Calon Segur 1996 Imperial
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