While winemaking at the Calon estate dates all the way back to the 12th century, the château really took off in the 18th century when legendary winemaker Nicolas-Alexandre, the Marquis de Ségur — also known as the "prince of vines" — took over the property. The marquis was passionate about this winery, once saying that "I make wine at Lafitte and Latour but my heart is at Calon Segur" (hence the heart on the wine's label). The estate went on to acquire the rank of Third Growth in the Bordeaux 1855 classification.
Today the château is owned by the Suravenir company, who are in the process of extensively renovating the estate while being careful to preserve its historic values.
The 55-hectare, single-block vineyard is entirely surrounded by a stone wall; the only vineyard in the Médoc to be so. Dominated by Cabernet Sauvignon — which makes up over three-quarters of the blend — the vineyard also grows Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot.
Notes and Reviews
James Suckling (94)
Wow. This second wine shows such beautiful cedar, tobacco and berry character. Full-bodied, layered and juicy. Lots of gorgeous fruit and spice character. Long finish. Second wine of Calon-Segur. Drink in 2021
|Grape Varieties||Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon|
|Age of Vines||22 years old|
|Vinification||Hand picking. A first selection of grapes on the vine. Mechanical sorting of the grapes by vibration, followed by hand sorting. Temperature-controlled conical stainless-steel tanks. Maceration for 18 to 21 days.|
|Elevage||17 months in oak barrels (30% new oak)|
|Soil Type||Sandy gravel and iron-enriched limestone|