Château Calon Ségur, 3ème Cru Classé, St Estèphe, 2011

  Château Calon Ségur

Calon Segur is the most northerly estate in the 1855 classification and although it is unable to compete with near rivals Montrose and Cos d’Estournel in terms of power and weight, this is always a refined, charming, elegant wine which has a loyal legion of followers. Produced from 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot and 2% Petit Verdot, this estate managed to avoid the hail in early September. Excellent ripeness in the Cabernet fruit gives this a real floral fragrance and freshness. The perfumed bouquet displays notes of violets, minerals and cherry liqueurs. On the palate there is ample sweet black fruit, a silky texture, good length, and a hint of dark chocolate on finish. A very refined effort.

Contains Sulphites.

About Château Calon Ségur

This is the most northerly of all the wines classified in 1855. The estate is steeped in history, once forming part of the Segur estate which incorporated Phelan Segur as well as Lafite, Latour and Mouton. The Marquis de Segur famously declared that ‘I make my wine at Lafite and Latour but my heart is in Calon’. This presumably explains the proliferation of hearts at the estate and on the label.

More recently, following her husband’s death in 1995, Denise Capbern Gasqueton has managed the estate. Her wines are classical, true to their terroir and have found much admiration from collectors and drinkers. Madame Capbern Gasqueton passed away in 2011 and the estate has been sold to the French Insurance company Suravenir. A new chapter starts...

Appellation: St Estèphe

A part of St-Estèphe is separated from Pauillac's Lafite only by a stream.Though St-Estèphe contains some gravel, it is largely renowned for the high clay content of its soils compared with other vineyards on the left bank. These wetter cooler soils favour the Merlot, hence the relatively large proportion of plantings compared neighbouring communes, though Cabernet Sauvignon dominates. The cool soils means the grapes are later ripeing and tend to have high acidities, archetypal St Estèphe is a strong-willed, tannic structured wine to be laid down. The stars of St-Estèphe are Montrose, Cos d’Estournel and Calon-Segur, whilst Haut Marbuzet and Lafon Rochet have been producing excellent value wines over the last few years.

Grape Blend: Cab. Sauvignon | Merlot | Petit Verdot

The stock left bank Bordeaux blend also used to good affect in the New World. Cabernet's, acidic, tannic complex qualities marry ideally with Merlot's sweet, softy flesh characteristics, with Malbec adding extra smoky, earthy complexity. Also experimented with in parts of Napa too, such as at Dominus and Cain Five.