Chateau Calon Segur is one of the oldest estates in the Medoc. It was created and managed by a well-known figure in the wine world, Marquis de Segur. Marquis de Segur added his name in the 18th century. Calon Segur is now owned by Suravenir, since 2012, a filial group of Arkea Mutal Credit. The 55 hectare vineyard is a Third Classified Growth in the Saint-Estephe appellation.
Wine growing in the 12th century…
The origins of Chateau Calon Segur date back to the Gallo-Roman era. “Calones” was a name for small transport boats. Wine growing started on the grounds of the estate in the 12th century. In the 18th century, the true identity of Chateau Calon Segur came into fruition. Nicolas-Alexandre, the Marquis de Segur, owned Segur, Latour, Lafitte and Mouton.
In 1855, Chateau Calon Segur earned the rank of Third Classified Growth. From 1894-2012 Calon’s owners, the Gasqueton family, built and maintained the elegant identity of the wine and estate. Jean-Pierre Denis is at Calon Segur for a reason. The Suravenir Company, invested in Calon Segur for the long-run. Jean-Pierre is a businessman, and surprisingly not a stranger to the wine world. At the age of 35, his interest in wine began to bloom. Of course, his wines of preference were those of Bordeaux. He runs the estate with Laurent Dufau, who was raised and bred in the Medoc. They are executing an extensive renovation plan which will also preserve the estate’s historic values.
Chateau Calon Segur’s magical walled-in vineyard
Chateau Calon Segur was 55 hectares when it received its 3rd classified growth status in 1855 and has maintained the same size. Calon Segur’s admirable display of consistent terroir is how they have managed to cultivate amazing wines year after year. By using the same plots, the wine-growers are capable of using years of experience to produce the marvellous wines. The vineyard is a single plot of land that is surrounded by a stone wall. The stone wall is atypical for the Medoc, and has become a distinct characteristic of the chateau.
Segur and its historic terroir
Calon Segur’s vines are planted on a layer of deep gravel, which was transported by the river. The sub-soil is mostly clay, which helps retain water. The combination of gravel and play provide the powerful flavours and finesse in the elegantly blended wines of Calon Segur. Cabernet Sauvignon is the heart of Calon Segur’s wines and vineyard. In addition to Cabernet Sauvignon, the Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot red grape varieties are also planted.
In order to create a great wine, careful eyes and steady hands are a must. The team at Calon Segur are well aware of the work required. Before harvest, the management team is constantly observing the vines. When the grapes are ready to be picked, they are picked by hand.
Nicolas-Alexandre once said, “I make wine at Lafite and Latour, but my heart is at Calon.” This tradition of love and passion has been deeply intertwined with the wine and the philosophy of the estate. The love can even be seen in the form of a heart on the wine’s label.
Modernization and Calon Segur
Respect for nature and its fruit has always been important to the Calon Segur property and tradition. An agronomic engineer has joined the chateau’s team, in collaboration with the Council of Bordeaux Wine (CIVB) to help create a plan to continue this tradition. For example, the development of a tool that optimizes water and energy resources and waste in order to preserve the environment as much as possible.