Marquis de Calon Ségur, St Estèphe, 2018

  Château Calon Ségur

The Marquis de Calon is a really good second wine, but it rather suffers coming after the exceptional Capbern. It has in the past been plumped up with Merlots that used to go into the Grand Vin. These Merlots lend weight, texture and alcohol at the expense of Cabernet perfume and intensity. Although this seems plummy and rich with less snap and class than the wonderful Capbern, apparently the Marquis with bottle age will eclipse the Capbern. Produced from 47% Cabernet Sauvignon (the proportion of Cabernet is on the rise) and 53% Merlot from the clos surrounding the chateau, this is full of decadent raspberry and fragrant summer fruits. At this stage it is quite rich and a little simple. 14.9% alcohol.

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

A classic partnership. 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.