Château Calon Ségur, 3ème Cru Classé, St Estèphe, 2016

  Château Calon Ségur

Laurent Dufau, Vincent Millet and Eric Boissenot produce one of the most sought after wines in the Medoc. It is always stylish, well priced, and there simply isn't enough to go round. Denise Gasqueton's decision to separate Capbern vineyard in 2006, coupled with the low density planting means that there is a serious supply issue... Laurent explained that their clos sits on a large ridge of clay that helped the vines during the drought. They recorded their highest ever IPT in 2016, close to 80. The wine certainly possesses good colours and there is no shortage of extract; this is a deeply concentrated and grown up Calon that oozes class and refinement. The final blend is made up of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Cabernet Franc (the highest percentage ever used in the grand vin), 20% Merlot and 2% Petit Verdot. The bouquet is distinctly Cabernet with notes of cassis, violets and gravelly minerality. This is beautifully constructed, powerful but not heavy, precise, chalky, deeply mineral and fine boned; the tannins are quite profound and are laced with pure cassis and starry crimson fruit. An intense, finesse driven Calon with wonderful energy and mouth-watering acidity. Splendid!

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.