Château Calon Ségur, 3ème Cru Classé, St Estèphe, 2017

  Château Calon Ségur

Laurent Dufau, Vincent Millet and Eric Boissenot produce one of the most sought after wines in the Medoc. Laurent has undertaken a huge replanting project to both improve the density of plantings and increase the share of Cabernet Sauvignon in the vineyard. The blend for the 2017 is the highest percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon we can recall in Calon Segur, 76% with 13% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot. As ever, extractions are gentle and the style is vibrant with a reserved power. Grapes were cooled down before going into tank to retain freshness and quality of fruit. Then followed an 18 day cuvaison, the team here felt that this wasn't a vintage to push. They reintegrated the press wines very early to add some mid palate weight. The bouquet is distinctly Cabernet with notes of cool hedgerow fruit, griotte, cassis and stones. There's a cool spice to the bitter cherry flavours. Deftly made, quite technical, but there is much to admire: the quality of fruit, the persistent flavours, the beautifully honed tannins, the freshness and intensity. This is a complete and rather impressive Calon made in the new house style.

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.