Classified as a 3eme Cru Classe, Chateau Calon Segur is the most northerly classed estate in Saint Estephe. With vine growing dating as far back as the 12th Century, the estate’s rich viticultural history rivals any other in the region. In the 18th Century the estate was owned by the Marquis de Segur – the then owner of both Lafite and Latour – who added his name to the estate along with an adaptation of the word ‘calones’ which referenced the little river boats used to transport timber down the Gironde. The Marquis purportedly proclaimed that he made wine at Lafite and Latour, but his heart was at Calon Segur; in the 20th Century the iconic heart-shaped emblem was added to the design of the Chateau’s wine labels.
Today, the estate stretches over 74 hectares and is surrounded by an unbroken 1,200m long stone wall. The vines, planted on clay and gravel soil, grow Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, with smaller amounts of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. The Chateau’s Grand Vin is predominantly made with Cabernet Sauvignon, with up to 90% in some vintages. This unusually high proportion has helped to form Calon Segur’s recognisable meaty wines that have plenty of depth and concentrated fruit flavours.
For the past century, the Gasqueton family owned the estate, until they sold up in 2012 and the Chateau changed hands to the Suravenir group. Since 2012 there has been a huge level of investment across Calon Segur. This includes restructuring the vineyards, with a replanting programme launched that continues through to 2032, as well as renovation of the Chateau’s cellars.